Customer Reviews for

Head First WordPress: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Creating Your Own Custom WordPress Blog

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted November 23, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    An Excellent Introduction to WordPress

    I'm a seasoned web developer that has been working a little bit with WordPress over the past 6 months. I've read books in the "Head First" series before, so when I discovered that there was a WordPress edition, I grabbed it without hesitation. Head First WordPress by Jeff Siarto (HWP) provides an excellent introduction into the WordPress environment. The book is structured to teach you how WordPress works while simultaneously having you build a couple of fictional WordPress sites. As you're reading, numerous tips, facts, and humorous asides are annotated throughout the book. This is what makes "Head First" an excellent series of books. It engages your mind while teaching you "tech" things that can be boring to a lot of people. HWP demonstrates how WordPress can be used for a simple content site, such as a business, or for a magazine/journal type site, which has frequent posts by various authors. While HWP doesn't go too deep with any particular topic, it does make sure to touch the wide variety of concepts involved with a WordPress site: installation, theming, metadata (categories and tags), creating/editing pages, plugins, users, securing your blog. By the end of the book you will have a good grasp on what WordPress can do for you, a working site that you can work with to customize as you see fit, as well as some additional topics to look into for further study (listed in the "Leftovers" appendix). While the entire book is geared towards those that have basic web hosting experience, I found the first chapter might be a little intimidating to those users. The chapter outlines a full WordPress install, including FTP transfers, file permissions, and database setups. If you have the "quick install" option available, I suggest you use it. Otherwise, take the time and work through the install, since after that the rest of the book is a lot easier by comparison. I also want to point out that chapter 5, involving videos and plugins, was my favorite chapter. It did a fantastic job and explaining how plugins and embedded videos work in a WordPress site. The chapter also involved a little bit of customization to the site to easily embed videos and how to clean up your home page so that the entire post is not displayed. The author did a great job of explaining these concepts in an easy to understand manner. Head First Wordpress is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to anybody looking to get involved with this popular platform.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 25, 2010

    Book Works Well for Newbs and for Pors

    When my former blogging platform inexplicably disabled line-skipping between paragraphs, it was time to go. I moved to Wordpress, so I greeted Jeff Siarto's book with excitement, because Wordpress is powerful but occasionally non-intuitive. He did not disappoint.

    Head-First Wordpress covers getting started with your blog and goes beyond the basics of adding entries, such as managing content and managing pages. Siarto also covers cool things such as customizing your blog with video and audio, and adding contributors. The book is ambitious, and early chapters assume you use a web server and a hosting service. However even if you are but a simple blogger, there are good tips and help getting started, such as the adoption of themes and widgets. I personally found some for the examples, such as adding textboxes, quite helpful, and have adopted them in my on blog at wordpress, called "affinitymask".

    I liked the presentation style. Siarto offers a "multisensory learning experience". This means teaching strategies such as creative redundancy, a conversational prose style, anecdotes, and humor, to teach through entertainment. Not easy with most subjects, but it succeeds here. Since I have little interest in learning HTML or PHP, the many pointers and notes were ideal. Ready-use CSS code is also included, a godsend to those with no interest in learning it just to blog.

    Good for high-school and college web publishing classes, and for anyone wanting to learn independently. Oriented more towards ambitious web publishing efforts than garden-variety blogs.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1