Review: WordPress All-In-One for Dummies 2nd Edition

WordPress All-In-One for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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A broadly informative WordPress book, covering installation, administration, publishing, SEO and social media, design, development, and Network/Multisite. Because it covers so many topics, it doesn't get very deep into any of them. You'll want to read more focused WordPress books (or websites) for more details.

I skimmed much of the book since I already knew it, or it was covered in the first edition.

Themes and theme frameworks

Plugin sources


Plugin development

  • Turn error messages on by enabling WP_DEBUG in wp-config.php.
  • Use add_shortcode in your primary plugin PHP file to create a shortcode.
  • Shortcode names must be unique within a site, so use a name specific to your plugin (such as your name or your company's name).

WordPress Network


  • Images and graphics: iStockphotoDreamstimeGraphic River
  • Use locate_template() in a child theme to replace a parent's template file.
  • The embed shortcode lets you specify dimensions of embedded videos. See Embeds.
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