It is said that books are man’s best friend. Books give us detailed knowledge on various topics. In this post, we’ll talk about learning WordPress through books. Some of you might argue that Internet is the best place to learn WordPress (and no doubt it is), but books have that step by step approach that’s great for beginners, plus not everyone has constant Internet connection. With WordPress books, you can get complete and detailed knowledge on this awesome CMS (Content Management System). Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or a developer, here’s a collection of some of the best books to learn WordPress.

Professional WordPress: Design and Development

pro-wordpressThis is one of the most popular book on WordPress, with updated content, examples and code downloads. The book is packed with some real-world examples for load balancing and multiusers. Every single chapter has been reworked to provide the most current and proper methods for developing and designing in WordPress. The book covers HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and also offers new chapters on custom post types, custom taxonomies, Multisite, and extending the functionality of themes. As per the book’s author, you won’t be able to find a book having more advanced content than this one.

Web Designer’s Guide to WordPress

webdesign-wpThis book focuses on how you can master WordPress theme development, covering everything from installation to leveraging the community and resources to improve your WordPress skills for years to come. This book teaches you how to install WordPress on a server, create site plans, develop basic and then advanced WordPress themes, responsive design, plugins, and more. The book offers detailed explanations, real-life examples, and step-by-step tutorials. The book tries to cover mostly every aspect of WordPress.

WordPress: The Missing Manual

missing-manualWordPress is not just for budding blogger or web development professional, but this is a brilliant tool for creating any type of websites – if you know how to tap its impressive features. This jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress and its themes, plugins, and widgets to build just about any website you can imagine, from a classy blog to a basic e-commerce site. The book tries to cover all the important aspects of WordPress. This book teaches you how to create a blog, website, add features using plugins, add media like images, music and more, do proper SEO, etc.

Professional WordPress Plugin Development

wp-pluginWordPress boasts a framework that allows you to easily customize and extend it through plugins. This comprehensive book shows you how plugins work, reviews the tools and APIs available in WordPress, and demonstrates how to extend the functionality of WordPress with plugins. The book is written by three experienced authors, and is a great resource for those who want to learn plugin development. It comes with plenty of coding examples, all aimed at clearly explaining how to create a plugin file, work with users, integrate widgets, add menus and submenus, secure your plugins, and more. You will quickly come to understand how to develop custom plugins so that you can take WordPress to the next level.

Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog

smashing-wp Published in March 2014, this book is updated with the latest stuff. Just like the title suggests, this book goes beyond the blog and teaches you how to use WordPress as a CMS to power fully-fledged websites, eCommerce sites, photo galleries, forums, and much more. You get step-by step instructions on developing sites from the ground up and how to utilize and build plugins that let you take WordPress to the next level. Think of this book as the ultimate guide to get the most out of WordPress.

So that’s it for now. Have you come across any other WordPress book that’s worth mentioning here? If so, then let me know in the comments section below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *