WordPress

Recommended books and resources on the topics of PHP coding, website design, WordPress development and more.

WordPress is by far my favorite Content Management System of today and I highly recommend it to anyone starting out building a new website. These resources will show you how to install, leverage and tweak WordPress to the max.

Books on WordPress

Wordpress for Beginners 2017: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering WordpressWordpress for Beginners 2017: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Wordpress

Master Wordpress using our step-by-step visual approach (over 250 screenshots). Updated 5th June 2017. Now also includes a comprehensive index.

Building a beautiful, professional looking Wordpress website, is no longer the domain of computer geeks. Wordpress makes it possible for anyone to create and run a website that looks great on any device - PC, Mac, tablet and phone, for hobby or business.

The primary goal of this book is to take anyone, even an absolute beginner, from zero to Wordpress "guru" in a few short hours. I'll hold your hand, step-by-step, all the way. You get to watch over my shoulder as we explore the Wordpress Dashboard.

Inside this book, veteran Wordpress expert Andy Williams will start at the very beginning. You'll learn:

  • The two different versions of Wordpress.
  • Website hosting and domain registrars. How to set this up with separate registrar and host, for more security.
  • How to install Wordpress.
  • An overview of the Dashboard including how to find hidden items.
  • Cleaning out the stuff that is installed by default.
  • Finding and installing Wordpress themes to instantly change the look and feel of your website.
  • Plugins. What they are and how you can use them to create magnificent websites.
  • How to update Wordpress, themes and plugins.
  • Every single Dashboard setting, what they do, and what you should use in the settings of your website.
  • How to find and use the RSS feeds on your site to help search engines find your content.
  • The importance of user profiles, and how to assign a "Gravatar" image to your email address.
  • How to create great navigation systems on your site, with custom menus, internal linking and related post sections.
  • Enabling and dealing with visitor comments.
  • Using the media library for images, video and more.
  • The difference between pages and posts, and a simple way to know which one you should be using for each bit of content you publish on your website.
  • Effective use of categories and tags. Using these incorrectly can get your site penalized or even banned from search engines.
  • How to write posts, and even schedule them so they will be published at some future date.
  • Using post revisions.
  • Two different types of homepage. A blog style page v a more traditional "static" homepage.
  • Using widgets on your site to add neat features.

You'll also be shown how to install and configure a few plugins to:

  • Automatically take database backups and email them to you on a schedule you choose.
  • Automatically create important legal pages on your site, like terms and privacy policy.
  • Help reduce the amount of comment spam your site receives.
  • Setup good SEO practices.
  • Setup social sharing buttons on your site, so visitors can easily tell their friends about your great web pages.

Most people learn better when they can actually see what they are reading about, so one thing this book isn't, is shy about screenshots. There are over 250 of them, showing you exactly what you will see on your screen, and prompting you to take specific actions as you learn and master Wordpress. You may have heard that Wordpress has a steep learning curve. With this book, you won't even notice it. Each chapter ends with a "Tasks to Complete" section. By completing these tasks, you'll not only become proficient with Wordpress, you'll become confident at using Wordpress. By the end of the book, you'll be building great looking, professional Wordpress websites that look fantastic on any device.. And you'll enjoy doing it!

WordPress To Go: How To Build A WordPress Website On Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even If You Are A Complete BeginnerWordPress To Go: How To Build A WordPress Website On Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even If You Are A Complete BeginnerNOW UPDATED FOR 2017!

If you are a small business owner or a hopeful Internet entrepreneur, then you know you need a professional website.

The first challenge is, how do you build that website without needing to learn how to do computer programming or having to sell your first-born to get a website built for you?

The second challenge is, how do you get a professionally-designed and beautiful website built that won't cost you mega-bucks per month to maintain?

Because let's face it, it is hard to justify the high costs of building an elaborate website, when you are not yet sure a website will be a good investment of your time and money.

The good news is that there is a better - and much less expensive - way to get a beautiful website made, with just a few clicks of your mouse.

WordPress started in 2003, with the goal of providing ordinary people a simple way to build a website for free. Today, WordPress is being used on millions of websites, including those of many Fortune 500 companies.

The beautiful thing about WordPress as a website content management system is that it is a fully-customizable experience, and it is very easy to use.

WordPress Themes define how a website will look - they cover website layout, color schemes, font colors, and page display elements. With over 2,000 Themes currently available, it is very easy to change the appearance of a website. With just the click of a mouse button you can change the look, feel and layout of your entire website without affecting the content. What used to take days to get looking right, now takes only minutes.

WordPress Plugins add functionality to a website - what you want the website to do for you or your visitors. With over 43,000 Plugins available, you will find that you can make your website do a lot of specialized tasks for you or your visitors. And with the power of plugins, you can add functionality to your website - track users and what they do, take online orders, manage content in new and unique ways - and more. Again, all with the click of a mouse button.

Now a #1 Amazon Best Seller, this popular, up-to-date, step-by-step guide by expert Sarah McHarry will walk you through the essential first steps to building your own website or blog using WordPress.

What you'll learn in this book:

  • How to register your own domain and get the right WordPress hosting
  • How to install WordPress with a few clicks of the mouse
  • How to create a professional-looking, commerce-ready website with very little effort
  • How to add and format your content
  • How to use graphics and images
  • All about themes, plugins, widgets and other WordPress tools
  • ...and lots more...

    Sarah shows you how to create a world-class website, quickly, easily and inexpensively, even if you have absolutely no current knowledge of how to build a website.

    WordPress is so easy to use, and "WordPress To Go" will take what is already easy and make it even more simple - simple enough a monkey could do it! You'll know all the "gotchas" before setting up a WordPress site, discover how to make it content rich, and even how to attract the search engines! You'll gain traffic, exposure, and ultimately more business.

    Get your copy of "WordPress To Go" now, and you’ll be a thriving WordPress webmaster in no time at all!

Step-By-Step WordPress for Beginners: How to Build a Beautiful Website on Your Own Domain from Scratch (Video Course Included)Step-By-Step WordPress for Beginners: How to Build a Beautiful Website on Your Own Domain from Scratch (Video Course Included)

Note: This book comes with 29 WordPress training videos and support.

Updated for 2017! Learn WordPress and build a professional website you're proud of!

This book comes with:

  • 29 WordPress training videos that go along with the chapters of the book
  • Unlimited 1-on-1 WordPress support to answer your questions
  • A custom WordPress theme built by the author
  • Unlimited access to a members-only forum for the readers of this book
  • Plus unlimited access to future videos and training sessions

All of the above are available through a free membership that comes with every book. You only pay one price for the book, and the rest is yours for free!

Because the truth is, you're going to have questions while you're learning WordPress and building websites.

That's why you'll get videos and support to go with this book, so you can get unstuck fast!

Why WordPress?

Websites are like Internet real estate, and everyone from average Joe to the tech entrepreneur is grabbing their piece of the web and getting their own website.

The only problem is, paying someone to build a website for you is expensive. Like, really expensive.

And learning to code websites from scratch can take FOREVER.

So where does that leave most people who want a website for themselves or their business, but can't afford an expensive web developer and don't have time to learn to code?

That's where WordPress comes in.

WordPress is a content management system that allows nearly anyone to build a professional-looking website for very little money and in a relatively short amount of time.

So whether you want to build a personal blog, portfolio, business website, or full-on eCommerce website, learning how to build, launch, and manage a WordPress website is the first step.

That's exactly what you'll learn in this book!

In this book, you'll learn how to build a beautiful website on your own domain from scratch, no matter how little you know about websites or WordPress.

This book starts from the ground floor, assuming you have nothing but an idea. You'll learn the exact steps to take, from A-Z, to get your new website up-and-running in no time.

And with this book, if you ever feel lost, you can simply ask the author through the members-only access that comes with this book!

Of course, if you already know a little about websites or WordPress, you can skip ahead all you want and go into the more intermediate topics if you'd like.

Here are a few of the beginner topics covered:

  • How websites work
  • How WordPress works
  • How to get a domain name and hosting
  • How to install WordPress
  • WordPress pages and posts
  • WordPress plugins and widgets
  • How to use categories and tags
  • All about WordPress themes
  • WordPress plugin recommendations
  • And more...
  • Plus videos that go along with each of the beginner topics

Here are a few of the intermediate topics covered:

  • WordPress theme customization
  • SEO and marketing for WordPress
  • Transferring WordPress websites
  • How to start a podcast using WordPress
  • And more...
  • Plus videos that go with nearly all of the intermediate topics

So download the book, Step-by-Step WordPress for Beginners. You'll be glad you did!