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Smashing WordPress, 3rd Edition


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 like—from a corporate site to a photography gallery and much, much more!

From the Back Cover
GO BEYOND THE BLOG

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 full-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 for developing 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 the new custom features
  • Build gorgeous WordPress themes
  • Create custom login forms and admin themes
  • Control content with the loop (and alternatives to the loop)
  • Integrate theme options
  • Develop powerful plugins-including widget functionality-from scratch
  • Build WordPress projects for SEO
  • Integrate WordPress with the social web
  • Create helpful navigation
  • Use conditional control elements

Updated to reflect the latest changes to WordPress 3.3 and featuring stunning new examples of some of the most innovative WordPress sites on the web. Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, 3rd Edition is the ultimate guide to pushing WordPress to the limit.

Table of Contents
PART I: GETTING STARTED WITH WORDPRESS
Chapter 1. The Anatomy of a WordPress Install
Chapter 2. The WordPress Syntax
Chapter 3. The Loop

PART II: DESIGNING AND DEVELOPING WORDPRESS THEMES
Chapter 4. WordPress Theme Essentials
Chapter 5. The Child Theme Concept
Chapter 6. Advanced Theme Usage

PART III: USING PLUGINS WITH WORDPRESS
Chapter 7. The Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin
Chapter 8. Plugins or functions.php?

PART IV: ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND FUNCTIONALITY
Chapter 9. Using WordPress As a CMS
Chapter 10. Integrating the Social Web
Chapter 11. Design Trickery
Chapter 12. Fun with Media
Chapter 13. Extra Functionality
Chapter 14. Uncommon WordPress Usage

PART V: APPENDIXES
Appendix A. Essential WordPress Plugins
Appendix B. Starter Themes

Book Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3rd Edition (April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119942713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119942719
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