If you still keep track of EarthTheme’s article series about learning WordPress, you must be familiar with 6 vital sources for utilizing this stunning platform. However, while there are hundreds of useful sources for WordPress learners on the Internet, lots of people prefer books over online materials, as it’s easier for them to recall and revise knowledge. Therefore, in this article we decide put together a list of 5 most wanted books for learning WordPress. Here you have various choices, since some books are specially written for newbies while the others target at advanced WordPress users and developers.
Many people have regarded it as a must-have book for learning WordPress process. You can see that the name says it all. If you have been looking for a simple book, yet covers almost all basic aspects of WordPress, this one will undoubtedly satisfy your demand.
As the second edition is even better than the first, “WordPress: The missing manual” continues to offer a close look at how to gradually build a website on your own. From WordPress installation, post publishing, widgets, themes and plugins to media and SEO content, learning WordPress appears to be much easier even when you are not a techie. Moreover, it is structured in such a good way (with box terms and methods) that is useful for both newbie and advanced users in different situations.
I have to admit that during some first days of learning WordPress, I was totally attracted by this book title, and ended up buying it without thinking too much. Luckily, it has proved to be a good choice!
Written for everyone, but WordPress All-in-one for Dummies specially targets at newbies without any technical background. Moreover, what most people love about this book is its combination of 8 mini-books covering all the broad topics you may need for learning WordPress. It explains both the self-hosted and free hosted WordPress platforms with the most up-to-date information. The popular use of plugins, themes, social media, multiple sites, customization, and a bit of SEO are also introduced. In fact, the content is straightforward and easy to understand, and all examples are well illustrated.
“Digging into WordPress” consists of 400 pages of valuable information about WordPress. Gradually it goes with you through initial setup, design, security, and long-term maintenance. Moreover, the books appears to provide you not only knowledge but also the chance to practice on your own. Specifically, its PDF version includes hyperlinked URLs and code that can be easily copy/pasted, so you can put everything into practice right away when learning WordPress. There is also good news for you that the way writer explains terms is fascinating, which maintains the reader’s until the end.
Additionally, if you purchase the print version, a PDF is included bonus tips and tricks as well. This is such a good deal for WordPress learners, isn’t it?
Although the book’s overall language is understandable, it appears to be more suitable for advanced users, who did spend time practicing the CMS before. However, once you have gained enough basic knowledge, “Smashing WordPress” will turn out to be the premium choice.
The book’s main features contain: theme building, including related development work, followed by Loop control content, social web integration, SEO projects, plugin and widget development, and finally the basics to run a fully functional WordPress-powered blog or website. In fact, as for developers and designers, this book with creative style is regarded as one of the most-wanted materials for learning WordPress.
In addition, this book also includes a lot of code examples, so it’s very convenient for you to get started coding right away. If you are considering taking the “next step” in the journey of learning WordPress and mastering this platform, this one can absolutely meet your demand.
Now you may start using the list above to dive into the WordPress world, or just keep it as reference for future need. No matter are you a newbie or advanced user, we still hope that the 5 aforementioned books will make you more confident when learning and mastering WordPress. Let’s share with us what you think about these books, and some book recommendations for other users as well!