Professional WordPress: Design and Development

  • 8h 28m
  • Brad Williams, David Damstra, Hal Stern
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2010

An in-depth look at the internals of the WordPress system. As the most popular blogging and content management platform available today, WordPress is a powerful tool. This exciting book goes beyond the basics and delves into the heart of the WordPress system, offering overviews of the functional aspects of WordPress as well as plug-in and theme development.

What is covered in this book?

  • WordPress as a Content Management System
  • Hosting Options
  • Installing WordPress Files
  • Database Configuration
  • Dashboard Widgets
  • Customizing the Dashboard
  • Creating and Managing Content
  • Categorizing Your Content
  • Working with Media
  • Comments and Discussion
  • Working with Users
  • Managing, Adding, Upgrading, and Using the Theme Editor
  • Working with Widgets
  • Adding and Managing New Plugins
  • Configuring WordPress
  • Exploring the Code
  • Configuring Key Files
  • wp-config.php file
  • Advanced wp-config Options
  • What's in the Core?
  • WordPress Codex and Resources
  • Understanding and customizing the Loop
  • Building A Custom Query
  • Complex Database Operations
  • Dealing With Errors
  • Direct Database Manipulation
  • Building Your Own Taxonomies
  • Plugin Packaging
  • Create a Dashboard Widget
  • Creating a Plugin Example
  • Publish to the Plugin Directory
  • Installing a Theme
  • Creating Your Own Theme
  • How and When to Use Custom Page Templates
  • How to Use Custom Page Templates
  • Pushing Content from WordPress to Other Sites
  • Usability and Usability Testing
  • Getting Your Site Found
  • How Web Standards Get Your Data Discovered
  • Load Balancing Your WordPress Site
  • Securing Your WordPress Site
  • Using WordPress in the Enterprise
  • Is WordPress Right for Your Enterprise?
  • and much more!

About the Authors

Hal Stern is a vice president at a technology company and uses WordPress to blog about his adventures in golf, ice hockey, and food.

David Damstra is the Manager of Web Services for CU*Answers, a credit union service organization, where he manages a team of developers to create web sites and web applications for the financial industry.

Brad Williams is the CEO and Co-Founder of WebDevStudios.com. He is also a co-host on the SitePoint Podcast and an advisor on SitePoint Forums.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • First Post
  • Functional Overview
  • Code Overview
  • Tour of the Core
  • The Loop
  • Data Management
  • Plugin Development
  • Theme Development
  • Content Aggregation
  • Crafting a User Experience
  • Statistics, Scalability, Security, and Spam
  • WordPress as a Content Management System
  • WordPress in the Enterprise
  • Migrating to WordPress
  • WordPress Developer Community
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