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Smashing WordPress shows you how to utilize the power of the WordPress platform, and provides a creative spark to help you build WordPress-powered sites that go beyond the obvious. The second edition of Smashing WordPress has been updated for WordPress 3.1+, which includes internal, custom post types, the admin bar, and lots of other useful new features. You will learn the core concepts used to post types, the admin bar, and lots of other useful new features. You will learn the core concepts used to build just about anything in WordPress, resulting in fast deployments and greater design flexibility.

Inside, WordPress expert Thord Daniel Hedengren takes you beyond d the blog and shows you how WordPress can serve as a CMS, a photo gallery, and e-commerce site, and more. This edition includes new and upgraded examples of cool WordPress usage.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Build Beautiful WordPress Themes, including Child Themes
  • Create Custom Login Forms and Admin Themes
  • Use the Loop to Control Content
  • Build Plugins, including Widget Functionality
  • Use Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies
  • Use Post Formats
  • Integrate WordPress with the Social Web
  • Use Conditional Control Elements
  • Integrate Theme Options
  • Build Your WordPress Projects for SEO

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 the former editor of the Blog Herald, a popular website for bloggers and WordPress users.

Vistit to download the code examples.

Smashing Magazine ( is one of the world’s most popular Web-design online magazine. True to the Smashing Magazine book series delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. 

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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: 695,998
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thord Daniel Hedengren is addicted to words, which led him to launch his first online newsletter in 1996. It all went downhill from there, with dozens of sites and a career as editor and freelancer in Sweden and abroad.

Going international all started with a blog post, which led to a book deal with Wiley, which in turn resulted in the Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog book and its follow-up Smashing WordPress Thems: Making WordPress Beautiful, and an even stronger voice in the WordPress community. You’re holding the second edition of critically acclaimed Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog in your hands right now. This is really just the beginning since that word obsession keeps Thord spewing out new stuff.

When not obsessed with words, Thord and friends are building cool websites using WordPress at his web design firm Odd Alice. He also edits magazines and writes freelance articles for both print and web publications, in both Swedish and English. You can follow everything Thord on

Thord lives in the land of kings, Sweden.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Anatomy of a WordPress Install.

Chapter 2: The WordPress Syntax.

Chapter 3: The Loop.


Chapter 4: WordPress Theme Essentials.

Chapter 5: The Child Theme Concept.

Chapter 6: Advanced Theme Usage.


Chapter 7: Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin.

Chapter 8: Plugins or functions.php?

Chapter 9: Essential WordPress Plugins.


Chapter 10: WordPress as a CMS.

Chapter 11: Integrating the Social Web.

Chapter 12: Design Trickery.

Chapter 13: Fun with Images.

Chapter 14: Extra Functionality.

Chapter 15: Uncommon WordPress Usage.


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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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