Professional WordPress: Design and Development

Professional WordPress: Design and Development
By Brad Williams, David Damstra, Hal Stern

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The highest rated WordPress development and design book on the market is back with an all new third edition.

Professional WordPress is the only WordPress book targeted to developers, with advanced content that exploits the full functionality of the most popular CMS in the world. Fully updated to align with WordPress 4.1, this edition has updated examples with all new screenshots, and full exploration of additional tasks made possible by the latest tools and features. You will gain insight into real projects that currently use WordPress as an application framework, as well as the basic usage and functionality of the system from a developer's perspective. The book's key features include detailed information and real-world examples that illustrate the concepts and techniques at work, plus code downloads and examples accessible through the companion website. Written by practicing WordPress developers, the content of this edition focuses on real world application of WordPress concepts that extend beyond the current WordPress version.

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing, and has grown to be the largest self-hosted website platform in the world. This book helps you use WordPress efficiently, effectively, and professionally, with new ideas and expert perspectives on full system exploitation.

  • Get up to speed on the new features in WordPress 4.1
  • Learn cutting edge uses of WordPress, including real-world projects
  • Discover how to migrate existing websites to WordPress
  • Understand current best practices and tools in WordPress development

WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architected personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL, and has evolved to be used as a full content management system through thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes. Professional WordPress is the essential developer's guide to this multifunctional system.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #30174 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2015-01-12
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.00" h x 1.00" w x 7.20" l, 1.80 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 504 pages


  • Wrox Press

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Master WordPress development with this top-rated guide

Professional WordPress Design and Development has been a favorite resource of developers since the first edition in 2010. Now fully updated for the current WordPress release, this 3rd edition offers new coverage of migrating websites to WordPress, the latest tools, and cutting edge uses for WordPress. You'll gain insight into real projects that currently use WordPress as an application framework, as well as the basic usage and functionality of the system from a developer's perspective. Detailed information and real-world examples will help you use the world's largest self-hosted website platform efficiently, effectively, and professionally.

Professional WordPress Design and Development

  • Clearly explains and demonstrates timeless WordPress fundamentals, no matter what version
  • Gets you quickly up to speed on the new tools and features of WordPress
  • Explores new uses for WordPress, illustrated with real-world projects
  • Demonstrates how to efficiently migrate existing websites to WordPress
  • Presents new ideas and expert perspectives on full system exploitation
  • Offers techniques for crafting the best user experience, securing WordPress, managing data, and determining when WordPress is the right tool
  • Provides everything you need to understand, develop, and deploy successful WordPress sites

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About the Author

Brad Williams is the cofounder of and, a cohost of the DradCast WordPress podcast, and the coauthor of Professional WordPress Plugin Development.

David Damstra is Vice President of Marketing Services and Creative Director for CU*Answers where his team of developers empowers clients with WordPress.

Hal Stern is an IT executive with a major healthcare company. He is coauthor of Blueprints for High Availability, also from Wiley.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
5Truly for Professionals and Developers - Not a Begginer's Book
By Hemlock
WROX books, especially the Professional series, are the technical books geeks can't live without. And for good reason. Whatever the subject, they are clear, thorough and filled with information you didn't know you needed. Than the Lord for Kindles though, hauling a shelf full of these around would be a nightmare.

This is not a book for beginners on how to use WordPress to publish your blog, though it does cover that as a small part of the book. This is rather a book to help those who develop WordPress sites either as a profession or part of their daily work load. While it would be rare for anyone to find the entire book applies to them, it is extremely rare for someone to find that none of the book applies. This book thoroughly covers WordPress architecture and development to the platform for any web developer. Some of the books topics assume you are familiar with programming principles, as well as HTML and CSS, and that you know at least a little about web development and PhP. If you are short in those areas, there are plenty of good books and online tutorials to bring you up to speed. Since the code discussed in the book is available for download, you can learn many of the techniques simply by modifying existing code snippets and adding them to your own work.

If there is any negative to this book, it's not the fault of the book but rather the speeds at which publishers and platform developers work. While WROX is quick to publish books, and the authors in the Professional series are usually writing with pre-release software, by the nature of the publishing cycle versus the speed of the development cycle, most published books start going out of date the moment they ship. Fortunate, WROXD keeps publishing updated versions, such as this one, being the third edition.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Intermediate WordPress Guide
By William P Ross
I came to this book as a programmer who has some WordPress sites but have never looked at WordPress internals. The book filled in a lot of missing details about how WordPress works.

The beginning chapters discuss the Core functionality of WordPress and why developing locally may make sense. Middle chapters go more in depth on the database, posts, and plugins. The later chapters cover some more advanced functionality I was not even aware existed such as Multi-site features.

The authors have a great perspective on WordPress and are fully aware that WordPress gets a bad reputation sometimes. Chapter 13 took an in depth look at security on WordPress and explains clearly why WordPress is secure. Many of the "hacked" WordPress sites were by people who never upgraded their WordPress. The authors state explicitly when some security feature is option or whether it is mandatory.

WordPress was put in perspective well and the authors tell you which plugins are recommended. There were good high level overviews backed up by lower level details.

The book reads consistently throughout as the three authors were able to find one voice. If you are interested in learning more about the WordPress ecosystem and internals, this book is an excellent choice.

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful.
5Professional WordPress 3rd editional - "Dressed To Imppress!!"
By Zohar Rennert
I ordered this book before it was released, based on reading available excerpts from the 2nd edition on Amazon and after screening almost all other book titles available on Amazon.
Once I started reading it, an immediate thought came to mind: WordPress to IMPRESS! What a reach platform indeed it is!!
I have been a database developer, mainly using PROGRESS 4GL and their later platform, OpenEdge for 25 years so I am not new to programming. But let me state this: I never programmed using internet technology prior to June 2014. With the help of a PHP reference book, I sat down to read Professional WordPress 3rd edition on January 22nd 2015. And PROFESSIONAL it is, both in its coherence and in-depth covering of the WordPress platform. After reading about half the book, I restarted reading it, this time accompanying my reading with typing the code in the book as well as plugging in "debug" statements inside the WordPress 4.1.1 source code and displaying them into a .htm document that I could view in a browser while running the system.
2 weeks into the process I developed my first plugin for internal use and have progressed in strides ever since.
I want to personally thank Brad Williams and his co-authors for taking the time and making a remarkable effort to come up with Professional WordPress 3rd edition. Such dedicated authors make system development experience scientific and most rewarding.
After all said and done - 2 THUMBS WAY UP!!!

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