Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog

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The ultimate guide to using WordPress to make your life easier

WordPress guru Thord Daniel Hedengren takes you beyond the blog to give you the tools and know-how needed to build just about anything in WordPress. You’ll discover how to use WordPress as a CMS to power fully-fledged websites, photo galleries, forums, eCommerce sites, and much more. You get step-by step instructions on developing model sites from...

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Overview

The ultimate guide to using WordPress to make your life easier

WordPress guru Thord Daniel Hedengren takes you beyond the blog to give you the tools and know-how needed to build just about anything in WordPress. You’ll discover how to use WordPress as a CMS to power fully-fledged websites, photo galleries, forums, eCommerce sites, and much more. You get step-by step instructions on developing model sites from the ground up and how to utilize and build plugins that let you take WordPress to the next level.

You will learn how to:

· Use custom post types and custom taxonomies

· Add and work with custom headers, backgrounds, and more

· Build gorgeous WordPress themes with the latest features

· Create custom login forms and admin themes

· Control content with the loop (and alternatives to the loop)

· Integrate theme options and the theme customizer

· Extend WordPress with widget functionality

· Build WordPress projects for SEO

· Integrate WordPress with the social web

· Create helpful navigation using the navigation menu

· Use conditional control elements

· Get started with your own responsive themes

Updated and revised to cover the changes to WordPress 3.8, Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, 4th Edition, is the ultimate guide to getting the most out of WordPress.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781119995968
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Series: Smashing Magazine Book Series , #18
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (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

PART I: GETTING STARTED WITH WORDPRESS 5

Chapter 1: The Anatomy of a WordPress Install 7

Chapter 2: The WordPress Syntax 27

Chapter 3: The Loop 43

PART II: DESIGNING AND DEVELOPING WORDPRESS THEMES 71

Chapter 4: WordPress Theme Essentials 73

Chapter 5: The Child Theme Concept 125

Chapter 6: Advanced Theme Usage 137

PART III: USING PLUGINS WITH WORDPRESS 169

Chapter 7: The Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin 171

Chapter 8: Plugins or functions.php? 199

PART IV: ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND FUNCTIONALITY 207

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

PART V: APPENDIXES 323

Appendix A: Essential WordPress Plugins 325

Appendix B: Starter Themes 341

Index 351

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    Excellent resource for starting out with WordPress

    I usually judge a technical book by its ability to answer my questions thoroughly and accurately, and this book does just that. I've had a WordPress blog for quite a while, but I didn't understand the general components of the WordPress architecture or how I should really be using my blog site. This book started out with the installation and general architecture, but then dove into all the special bits that really make WordPress explode. WordPress is a very open and accommodating platform, which can be intimidating if you don't understand what you're doing. This book breaks that barrier. It not only tells you how to set up an existing template, but also how to tweak it or even develop your own! For those who are starting out or even for those who are trying to get more out of an existing site, this book is a good reference without the technical intimidation.

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