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Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, 3rd Edition

Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, 3rd Edition

Thord Daniel Hedengren

ISBN: 978-1-119-94271-9

Apr 2012

352 pages

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Description

The ultimate guide to WordPress, from the world's most popular resource for web designers and developers

As one of the hottest tools on the web today for creating a blog, WordPress has evolved to be much more that just a blogging platform and has been pushed beyond its original purpose. With this new edition of a perennially popular WordPress resource, Smashing Magazine offers you the information you need so you can maximize the potential and power of WordPress. WordPress expert Thord Daniel Hedengren takes you beyond the basic blog to show you how to leverage the capabilities of WordPress to power advanced websites.

  • Addresses new theming options, custom post types, custom headers, menus, background, and more
  • Explains how to build beautiful and unique WordPress themes and creating amazing navigation
  • Walks you through building plugins, integrating theme options, creating custom login forms and admin themes, and using the Loop to control content
  • Zeroes in on building a WordPress project for SEO
  • Highlights integrating WordPress with the social web

Smashing WordPress, Third Edition teaches you how to make WordPress look any way you like—from a corporate site to a photography gallery and much, much more!

PART I: GETTING STARTED WITH WORDPRESS 5

Chapter 1: The Anatomy of a WordPress Install 7

Chapter 2: The WordPress Syntax 27

Chapter 3: The Loop 43

PART II: DESIGNING AND DEVELOPING WORDPRESS THEMES 71

Chapter 4: WordPress Theme Essentials 73

Chapter 5: The Child Theme Concept 125

Chapter 6: Advanced Theme Usage 137

PART III: USING PLUGINS WITH WORDPRESS 169

Chapter 7: The Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin 171

Chapter 8: Plugins or functions.php? 199

PART IV: ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND FUNCTIONALITY 207

Chapter 9: Using WordPress As a CMS 209

Chapter 10: Integrating the Social Web 223

Chapter 11: Design Trickery 235

Chapter 12: Fun with Media 253

Chapter 13: Extra Functionality 271

Chapter 14: Uncommon WordPress Usage 289

PART V: APPENDIXES 323

Appendix A: Essential WordPress Plugins 325

Appendix B: Starter Themes 341

Index 351