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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

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 3 edition (January 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118987241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118987247
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

An essential resource for developers

 on January 20, 2013
By Y. Park
I have been learning WP development for the past few years, my primary source of learning being online tutorials (WPTuts, Smashing, etc..). After a while, I felt it’s about time I broaden my knowledge on WP. I found out that the second edition had been just published and got it through Amazon. Here are my few thoughts on the book.

The Only Real Advanced Book for WP devs

 on February 25, 2015
By Al Swanson
Best WP book for devs out there. Really, outside the dated plugin dev book, the ONLY advanced WP book out there. Which is surprising given the number of sites powered by WP. You can find literally dozens of HTML 5 books, hundreds of CSS 3 books, many XML… you get the picture. Even tho WP powers upwards of millions of sites, plus their own .com sites, there are very few “actual” books. By that, I simply mean lots of folks are taking advantage of the ‘self-publication’ route and producing $3.00 64 page booklets that do little more than present sections of the codex, often replete with misspellings and missing information, as ‘real’ books. They aren’t.

Best available book on WP

 on May 24, 2013
By Al Swanson
I’m not sure I get it but there are VERY FEW truly great books on WordPress. Sure, if you want to know how to run a blog on wordpress.com or do the five minute install of wordpress on your own server, there are tons of books. Even this one starts with the latter.

Truly for Professionals and Developers – Not a Begginer’s Book

 on June 3, 2015
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.

Great Intermediate WordPress Guide

 on November 22, 2016
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.

There are many good websites and YouTube channels that will get you there

 on July 30, 2016
By Daniel Rimmelzwaan
Very clear. I inherited a WordPress website at work, and needed to learn how it all works internally. There are many good websites and YouTube channels that will get you there, but this book will give you an excellent insight into the nuts and bolts of WordPress sites. My work website has a theme that was modified by a number of contractors (that obviously should have read this book first) and with the help of this book I was able to decipher where the changes are.

Describes the inner working of WordPress

 on February 17, 2018
By Len
For those of us who wish to understand how the pieces work together, this is the book. WordPress is a large complex system that makes web publishing much easier, until something doesn’t work, then the complexity works against you. Understanding the functionality of the pieces allows you to go to and fix the source of the problem. I love this book

Very useful overview of developing sites on the WordPress platform.

 on April 11, 2015
By C. Fraley
Very useful overview of developing sites on the WordPress platform. Covers a wide range of topics (developing widgets, plugins, shortcodes, and themes; security; performance; first-time setup; some recommended plug-ins) in enough depth to get a good start. With its help, I’ve written my own shortcodes, a widget for the admin panel, added custom archive sorting, and significantly improved my site’s security. I reference this book often when coding, and found it very useful as a seasoned developer who is new to PHP and WordPress.

Excellent Book

 on December 8, 2011
By Reading Rob
I got this book to learn how to create themes for WordPress from scratch. I can already take an existing theme and modify it. The book only has one chapter on this, and really only tells you to use a framework. So the book was a little disappointing for the main reason I purchased the book.

The best I’ve seen

 on February 7, 2016
By billfish
This is by far the best WordPress book I’ve read. I’m not a programmer but am very comfortable reading code and am experienced with HTML. This hits the right level for me, explaining the basics in context. I would have paid the price of the book just for the explanation of The Loop. The explanations could be more clearly written.