Professional WordPress Design and Development (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
By far the best book I have found and making the most of the WordPress opensource publishing system.
It might take slightly longer to get started than some of the quick guides, but everything you need to know is here, and it is organised in such a way that it is straightforward to reference any issues that impact on your current project.
As well as the functionality of WordPress, the authors cover real-life considerations such as competing with fellow publishers through Search Engine Optimisation, protecting your sites from hackers and spam, and caching resources for optimum site speed.
Explore the power and possibilities of WordPress from the inside out
As the most popular self-hosted blogging software in use today, WordPress is remarkably simple to operate and can be extended and tailored for a wide variety of applications. This guide focuses on the internal structure and flow of the core code, as well as the data model on which that code operates, so that you can harness the power of WordPress to meet your specific needs. The author team pulls together developer and deployer expertise, as well as knowledge of popular open source plugins, themes, and tools for WordPress, to provide an in-depth guide suitable for all WordPress users, from self-hosted bloggers to enterprise content management system applications.
Offers an overview of the WordPress system and describes what happens when a WordPress-generated web page is displayed
Discusses the core of WordPress, describing internal code flow and data structures
Demonstrates extending WordPress through plugins and customizing it via themes
Combines a developer view of user experience and optimization with the deployer requirements for performance, security, and measurement
Provides practical examples of integrating WordPress with enterprise and social networking tools
The publishers - Wrox - practice what they preach, and run excellent forums where any programmer of whatever skill can contribute. All the examples of code in the book are available for download from their site (many publishers promise this, but don't always live up to their claims.)
The forums are essential for this sort of topic, since such books can become a little outdated very quickly, and the online help is a perfect supplement, for example if PHP or MySQL is updated with new features that impinge on WordPress (most likely for the better).
Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 5, 2010)
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