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WordPress: Pushing the Limits

ISBN: 978-1-118-59719-4
456 pages
July 2013
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Take WordPress beyond its comfort zone

As the most popular open source blogging tool, WordPress is being used to power increasingly advanced sites, pushing it beyond its original purpose. In this unique book, the authors share their experiences and advice for working effectively with clients, manage a project team, develop with WordPress for larger projects, and push WordPress beyond its limits so that clients have the customized site they need in order to succeed in a competitive marketplace.

  • Explains that there is more than one approach to a WordPress challenge and shows you how to choose the one that is best for you, your client, and your team
  • Walks you through hosting and developing environments, theme building, and contingency planning
  • Addresses working with HTML, PHP, JavaScript, and CSS

WordPress: Pushing the Limits encourages you to benefit from the experiences of seasoned WordPress programmers so that your client's site can succeed.

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Table of Contents

Introduction   1

Part I: Professional WordPress Development 5

Chapter 1 WordPress As a Professional Web Development Tool 7

Chapter 2 Kicking Off a WordPress Project 27

Part II Content and Administration 47

Chapter 3 Content Organization and Relationships 49

Chapter 4 Customizing the WordPress Admin 91

Part III Practicalities of Developing and Hosting WordPress Sites 139

Chapter 5 Development and Hosting Environments 141

Chapter 6 Avoiding and Dealing with Disaster 165

Part IV Pushing the Limits: The Best Tools for Site Development 191

Chapter 7 Theme Building: Frameworks, Standalone Themes, or Child Themes? 193

Chapter 8 Conditional Display: Functions, Template Files, and Styling  241

Chapter 9 Custom Functionality in Theme Functions and Plugins 273

Chapter 10 Making Your Site Soar: HTML, JavaScript, and CSS 313

Chapter 11 Device Compatibility: Responsive and Mobile Development  351

Chapter 12 Releasing Your Code to the Public 399

Index   429

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Author Information

Rachel McCollin comes from a learning and development background and started using her business experience to run a web design agency in 2010. She soon realized that developing sites with WordPress would meet her clients' needs better than building static sites and now develops exclusively with WordPress.
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