Book review: WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

WordPress For Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This is the best WordPress book I’ve read so far; it’s great for beginners and intermediate WordPress designers. Lisa Sabin-Wilson, a well-known WordPress authority with firsthand experience, starts with the basics and builds up in each chapter. Beyond the essentials, there’s an appropriate amount of space given to tweaking WordPress.

The book covers both WordPress.com and the self-hosted WordPress.org. There’s an informational explanation of template files and template tags, and how to tweak themes with basic HTML, CSS, and PHP. I liked the chapter on enabling and administering a WordPress Network (AKA Multisite; formerly WordPress Multi User, or WPMU).

Lisa Sabin-Wilson owns E.Webscapes Design Studio and Blogs About Hosting. This book is strictly about WordPress; it doesn’t discuss the usability or business sides of web design.

You can read this entire book on Google Books: WordPress for Dummies.

Notes

Find WordPress news on WordPress Planet
The best permalink structures for SEO are date/postname and category/postname

Permissions
PHP files should have chmod 666 (or 644 for safe mode)
Folders/directories should have 755
htaccess should have 755 or 777
Plugins folder should have 755 or 777

Plugins
ShareThis
All in One SEO Pack
WB-DB-Backup
WP Super Cache
Google XML Sitemaps

Themes
Free themes
Hybrid
DesignPile
Elegant Grunge
P2
Stargaze
Carrington Blog
iTheme
Redoable
Corporate
Gridline Lite

Premium themes
iThemes
StudioPress
ThemeGarden

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