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The ultimate guide to WordPress, from the world's most popular resource for web designers and developers

As one of the hottest tools on the web today for creating a blog, WordPress has evolved to be much more that just a blogging platform and has been pushed beyond its original purpose. With this new edition of a perennially popular WordPress resource, Smashing Magazine offers you the information you need so you can maximize the potential and power of WordPress. WordPress expert Thord Daniel Hedengren takes you beyond the basic blog to show you how to leverage the capabilities of WordPress to power advanced websites.

  • Addresses new theming options, custom post types, custom headers, menus, background, and more
  • Explains how to build beautiful and unique WordPress themes and creating amazing navigation
  • Walks you through building plugins, integrating theme options, creating custom login forms and admin themes, and using the Loop to control content
  • Zeroes in on building a WordPress project for SEO
  • Highlights integrating WordPress with the social web

Smashing WordPress, Third Edition teaches you how to make WordPress look any way you likeā€”from a corporate site to a photography gallery and much, much more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781119942719
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Smashing Magazine Book Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 707,149
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thord Daniel Hedengren is a professional web designer and developer who has created numerous WordPress themes, developed plugins, and put WordPress to good use powering both blogs and big editorial sites. He is a contributor to Web Designer UK, Smashing Magazine, the former editor of Blog Herald, Devlounge, and Wisdump, and the author of Smashing WordPress Themes and Tackling Tumblr.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Anatomy of a WordPress Install 7

Chapter 2: The WordPress Syntax 27

Chapter 3: The Loop 43


Chapter 4: WordPress Theme Essentials 73

Chapter 5: The Child Theme Concept 125

Chapter 6: Advanced Theme Usage 137


Chapter 7: The Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin 171

Chapter 8: Plugins or functions.php? 199


Chapter 9: Using WordPress As a CMS 209

Chapter 10: Integrating the Social Web 223

Chapter 11: Design Trickery 235

Chapter 12: Fun with Media 253

Chapter 13: Extra Functionality 271

Chapter 14: Uncommon WordPress Usage 289


Appendix A: Essential WordPress Plugins 325

Appendix B: Starter Themes 341

Index 351

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Not 3.0

    I was disappointed that I discovered after downloading this book (non-refundable on Nook) the book is targeted to version 2.8. I figured that since 3.0 was into beta at the time of publishing it would cover some of the issues I'm running into with 3.0, but no such luck. I'm sure there is plenty of good information that is still usable in here; what I've looked at thus far seems quite useful to a moderate-strong PHP developer.

    I guess this is a lesson for this new Nook owner: always read the free preview, and carefully.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    Behold the power of Wordpress

    This is the ultimate book for developers who want to develope their own themes, plugins, widgets and anything else custom in Wordpress.

    This will take you step by step in teaching you how to develope any type of theme, moving dynamic sidebars, writing and using custom widgets. Basically for the advanced Wordpress user who wants to use Wordpress in a on-traditional way, or to use it as a fully functioning CMS.

    If you are looking at this book, you no doublt know of Smashing Magazine's expertise in all things design.

    I suggest you buy this immedietly.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    This book is for version 2.8

    I downloaded the free sample and it clearly states its for version 2.8, NOT 3.1 as indicated in the Overview, so beware. Hopefully this gets fixed soon.

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