9780470684153

Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog

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  • ISBN13:

    9780470684153

  • ISBN10:

    0470684151

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/1/2010
  • Publisher: WILEY
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Summary

True to the Smashing Magazine's promise, Smashing WordPress smashes readers with the WordPress information they need to make their life easier. Really. Inside, WordPress expert Thord Daniel Hedengren takes readers beyond the basic blog, to push WordPress to its limits as a CMS, a forum, a photo gallery, an e-commerce site and more.Along the way, readers will learn: The anatomy of a WP install and how WordPress actually works How to build beautiful WordPress themes - including child themes How to create custom login forms and admin themes How to use the Loop to control content, and even use alternatives to the Loop How to integrate theme options How to build plugins - including widget functionality How to build your WordPress projects for SEO Integrate WordPress with the social web How to create amazing navigation " How to use conditional control elementsand so much more.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Introduction
The Wordpress Essentials
Anatomy of a WordPress Install
The Basic Install
Moving the WordPress Install to a Diff erent Directory
Hacking the Database
Backing Up
WordPress and Switching Hosts
How to Make a WordPress Install More Secure
Summary
The WordPress Syntax
WordPress and PHP
Th emes and Templates
Using the Template Tags
The Include Tags
Passing Multiple Parameters to a Template Tag
Conditional Tags
Summary
The Loop
Understanding the WordPress Loop
Using the Loop
Multiple Loops
Custom Fields
Now You Get to Build Something
DESIGNING AND DEVELOPING WORDPRESS THEMES
The WordPress Theme Essentials
Theme Basics
A Closer Look at Notes Blog Core
Template Files
Using functions.php
Widgets, and When to Use Them
Making Comments Look Good
Custom Fields
Developing a Core Theme
Releasing a Theme
Moving Onward with Themes
The Child Theme Concept
The Brilliance of Child Themes
A Few Words on Th eme Semantics
The Flipside of Inheritance
Managing Several Sites Using Child Themes
What about Theme Frameworks?
Taking Themes to the Next Level
Advanced Theme Usage
Outlining the Theme
Individual Styling Techniques
Mastering Action Hooks
Using Taxonomies
Theme Option Pages
Multiple Language Support
Conditional Design
Working with RSS Feeds
Basic SEO Implementations
Trimming WordPress on the Theme Side
Some Final Words on Themes
DEVELOPING WORDPRESS PLUGINS
Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin
Plugin Basics
Hooks and How to Use Them
Creating Your Own Template Tags
The Pluggable Functions
Must-have Functionality
Adding Widget Support
Things to Consider When Using the Database
Backwards Compatibility
Plugins and WordPress MU
Good Practice for Releasing Plugins
This Is Really All You Need
Plugins and functions.php
When to Use a Plugin
The Issue with Speed
When to Use functions.php
Planning Your WordPress Site
BEYOND THE BLOG
WordPress as a CMS
What Is a CMS?
Things to Consider When Using WordPress as a CMS
Trimming WordPress to the Essentials
Static Pages and News Content
Putting Widgets to Good Use
Managing Menus
Custom Shortcodes
Integrating Non-WordPress Content
Taking the CMS One Step Further
Uncommon WordPress Usage
The Job Board
WordPress as an FAQ-like Knowledge Base
WordPress and E-Commerce
The Portfolio Site
Building a Links Site
The Gallery
You Can Build Anything You Want
Essential WordPress Plugins
Content-focused Plugins
Media Plugins
Administrative Plugins
Spam and Comment Management Plugins
Social Networking Plugins
Subscription and Mobile Plugins
SEO and Search Plugins
Code and Output Plugins
Do You Need a Plugin?
WORDPRESS TOOLBOX
Design Trickery
Tag-based Design
Improving the Menu
Placing Ads Within the Loop
404s That Help
The WordPress JavaScripts
Making WordPress Your Own
Polishing a WordPress Site
Extra Functionality
Tabbed Boxes
Displaying RSS Feeds
Sending e-Mail with WordPress
Adding a Login Form
Print That Blog
Adding Some More
Fun with Images
Working with Image Galleries
Styling the Gallery
Random Image Elements
Making the Most of Image-sharing Services
Beware the Clutter
Integrating the Social Web
Show off Your Twitter
Lifestreaming with WordPress
Social Web Submit Buttons
Pimping the Comments
About Building Great Sites
Index
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