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Most bloggers I know have one thing in common: they all use the very good CMS (Content Management System) WordPress. When I started blogging, WordPress was really only intended to maintain blogs. In the meantime, the situation has changed fundamentally, because WordPress has been continuously developed and improved. Even very large companies today use WordPress to manage their website. WordPress has not become a “blog software” for a long time, but an (almost) full-fledged CRM, which can gradually be used even for large projects.
Since I and so many bloggers use WordPress, I thought that a book on this very topic would be very interesting. In the last few weeks I have read "WordPress 4 - The Comprehensive Handbook" by Alexander Hetzel and would like to explain in more detail who the book is suitable for and what added value it offers the reader.
content of the book
With over 900 pages, the book is not exactly thin, but it is less of a beginner's guide than much more of a manual, which is not only intended for bloggers but also for developers.
In the following I will briefly go into the chapters of the book so that you can already get an overview of the content of the book.
As expected, the book begins with an introduction to WordPress. The properties and limits of the software are dealt with very well. The reader gets a very good picture of what can be achieved with WordPress and what CRM is not (yet) suitable for.
The second chapter clearly explains how you can install WordPress. Since you may not have a web server where you want to start your WordPress site right away, Alexander Hetzel also goes into how you can set up a server on your own computer and install and test WordPress there.
The administration interface
If you've never worked with WordPress before, here's a good introduction to using WordPress. For all bloggers who have been using WordPress for a long time, the third chapter will probably not find any new findings, but for beginners it will be well illustrated what the structure "behind the scenes" looks like.
Quick and easy: ready-made themes
So-called themes are responsible for the appearance of a blog. In chapter 4 you will learn the basics so that your blog looks great. Although I've been using WordPress for years, I was able to pick up one or two new tips for myself.
HTML and CSS for WordPress
WordPress actually works without the use of a programming language, but it is not wrong to have at least some knowledge of HTML and CSS. So you can get even more out of your WordPress blog. There is a brief introduction to this topic in Chapter 5.
Programming your own theme
The experienced users will not have gained that much new knowledge yet. For this user group it starts to get more exciting from the 6th chapter. So here we learn how to program your own theme for WordPress. Thanks to the book, I programmed my own theme for the first time. Here, too, everything was explained very well and simply.
Responsive web design with WordPress
WordPress sites are now being accessed more and more often from smartphones and tablet computers. So that your website looks great on mobile devices too, you should use responsive web design. On a good 30 pages, the author goes into the most important topics relating to responsive web design and WordPress.
I liked this chapter very much because it brought me into contact with a topic that I was not familiar with before. Here we learn how to create your own page types on WordPress and how to integrate them into your own theme.
Program plugins + plugins & widgets yourself
The following two chapters are particularly interesting for bloggers with PHP experience. First it explains how plugins can increase the functionality of our website and then how we can program our own plugins. Experience in programming languages (especially PHP) is highly recommended for this chapter.
Internationalization of plugins and themes
As developers, we certainly don't want to offer our plugins and themes in a single language, but make them available to people from different language areas. You will find many tips and steps to make this a reality in Chapter 11. In the next chapter there is a short introduction to multilingual websites.
This chapter is mainly about securing your own WordPress site. This topic is often very underestimated by bloggers. All the better that it is explained so well here.
After that, here are some important WordPress maintenance tips. How, for example, backups can be carried out.
30 WordPress Problems And Their Solutions
This chapter offers concentrated knowledge. The most common problems with WordPress are briefly and clearly explained and the corresponding solution is presented. Very clear!
Search engine optimization
SEO is a very complex topic, so it is impossible to want to cover all aspects of this topic in one chapter. Still, there is a good introduction here for beginners.
20 WordPress tips just in case
Another chapter with a lot of knowledge. Here I have found many tips that make working with WordPress easier for me and that have discovered completely new functions that I did not know before.
WordPress for bloggers
I summarize the following chapters on this point. First of all, it is about how your own website can be made better known, i.e. marketed. Then follows a series of tips for bloggers and 30 tips for writing better blog articles.
For me personally, these chapters are rather superfluous and I would have liked to have put the focus even more on WordPress. However, I have to say that these chapters are probably very appealing for budding bloggers.
At the very end there is a really great chapter that I would like to go into separately. The book concludes with a chapter with numerous examples of which websites can be implemented with WordPress and how. All in all, a great conclusion that can certainly help the lawyer, for example, to implement his own website with the help of WordPress.
Personally, I liked the book. It offers tons of information about WordPress and is very helpful in understanding WordPress. It is certainly particularly interesting for bloggers who can program but have not yet had any experience developing plugins or themes for WordPress.
The book is also very suitable for beginners, but as with most technical books, a basic technical understanding is very helpful in understanding the topics in the book quickly.
For bloggers and website operators who want to get more out of WordPress, just the thing. But I can also fully recommend the book for beginners who want to create a really professional website with WordPress.
The book is available as a printed book from Rheinwerk Verlag for € 39.90. As an ebook for € 35.90 and as an ebook + book for € 44.90. For 939 pages and a lot of knowledge, that's a very fair price.
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