WordPress Web Design for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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An updated version of the worthwhile 1st edition on designing and building WordPress-based sites. It covers installation, administration, basic theme development, and plugin use. It features colorful code snippets and screenshots. Most examples use the Twenty Thirteen theme.
I liked Chapter 11: Dissecting Themes and Templates, and Chapter 12: Displaying Content with Widgets and Template Tags. There are several good plugin recommendations throughout the book, but I would've chosen different ones for Chapter 17: 10 Powerful Plugins for WordPress; I routinely use only 2 of the 10 listed, and can think of others more valuable and more commonly used than those listed.
I won a copy signed by author Lisa Sabin-Wilson. I had had the privilege of meeting Lisa at WordCamp Grand Rapids in 2012 and 2013. We both spoke at each conference.
header-main.phpbut it doesn't exist, WordPress will use
template_directoryin standalone and parent themes, and
stylesheet_directoryin child themes.