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Wordpress Complete

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the blog-this dept.

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Ravi writes "In recent times, blogs have empowered numerous individuals and groups by allowing them a platform to air their thoughts. This has been made possible because of the development of numerous blogging tools. One which has gained mass appeal in the blogging community is Wordpress. What is exciting about this tool or blog engine is that even a lay person can easily master its use and get his or her blog up and running in no time."

Wordpress Complete authored by Hasin Hayder and published by Packt Publishing is a book ideal for any beginning blogger who intends to set up his/her own Wordpress blog. The book is divided into 10 distinct chapters with each chapter describing a particular feature of the Wordpress blog.

I found the book unique in that instead of jumping right into installing and configuring Wordpress, the author takes time to explain the concept of a blog and the different ways in which you can blog. All the blogs irrespective of the blogging engine being used share some common terminology. This is explained in the very first chapter. In the same chapter, the readers are given a bird's eye view of the different blogging engines — both the free ones and those which cost money. The readers are made aware of the pros and cons of each of them.

Installing Wordpress is easy. It is a two step install process. However when you intend to host a Wordpress blog on a remote host, a few factors come into play depending upon what is offered by your web hosting provider. There is more than one way of installing a Wordpress blog on a remote host. This is dealt with clearly in the second chapter.

The third chapter covers choosing and installing themes, the different types of themes and their file composition.

The fourth chapter titled "Blogging your heart out", embarks on an extensive trip explaining the concept of posts and different ways of adding posts in Wordpress such as posting via email. Apart from that, this chapter contains an exhaustive introduction to the rich text editing interface which is the default editor. One also gets to know more about the features common to all blogs such as trackbacks, pinging as well as some Wordpress specific features.

You might wonder why you should buy a Wordpress book when the bulk of the documentation is freely available online. You will find this book to be a very good asset for beginner Wordpress bloggers because the author introduces a wealth of information which will require a lot of digging online to find. For example, the author explains how to put together an image gallery in Wordpress which I was not aware of before I read the book.

Chapter 6 deals with the all important topic of Feeds and Podcasts. There are four different feed formats and Wordpress supports all of them. Feeds are an easy way for the visitors of a site to keep track of the most recent changes in the content of a website.

While the first 6 chapters are targeted at Wordpress users, the remaining 4 chapters are more useful for Wordpress developers. On that note, developing themes form the basis of the 7th chapter. Here the author demonstrates how to build a theme by starting from scratch. Wordpress is essentially an amalgamation of PHP code, CSS and standards compliant HTML and this chapter has a fair sprinkling of code snippets with explanation. After going through the chapter, I was able to get a very good idea of the different files and their content which form the heart of Wordpress.

The next chapter titled "Community Blogging" provides a brief outline of a parallel project of Wordpress which is the Multi-user Wordpress and goes by the name Wordpress MU.

Chapter 9 titled "Developing plug-ins and widgets" is a very interesting chapter with the author explaining the process of creating widgets which are small bits of code incorporating third party functionality.

There is also an exclusive chapter which acts as an administrative reference where a number of problems that Wordpress administrators might face and their possible solutions are listed.

The book takes a reader from the installation to the configuration of every aspect of Wordpress to eventually give some troubleshooting tips. There is no dearth of relevant screenshots. The language used is clear and to the point. The author also provides Web references in many places. In short, I found this book to be an ideal resource for bloggers who wish to host their blog on Wordpress.

Ravi Kumar likes to share his thoughts on all things related to GNU/Linux, Open Source and Free Software on his blog linuxhelp.blogspot.com.


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But will you be allowed... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18873887)

to say napthelene headed horse ?

Re:But will you be allowed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18874611)

Napthelene? You are such a razist. Imus say, your lack of turbulence is deshortening.

Just what we need (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18873901)

Make it easier for someone to make a blog. They should make them harder. Maybe you should have to pass a test or be licensed or something.

Re:Just what we need (1, Interesting)

jokerr (618070) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874133)

Sadly, the same could be said for breeding....

Re:Just what we need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18874343)

Make it easier for someone to make a blog. They should make them harder. Maybe you should have to pass a test or be licensed or something.
Sadly, the same could be said for breeding....
Or posting on slashdot...

I know! (4, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874659)

If you feel the urge to blog, you should be kicked in the nuts or ovaries. If you are still standing afterwards, you get your blogger's license.

Re:I know! (1)

fan of lem (1092395) | more than 7 years ago | (#18880687)

I might just not be keeping up with the times, but why the collective abhorrence of slashdotters against blogs/bloggers? I ask with genuine curiosity and not because I am opposed to the idea. Internet pollution, maybe?

Re:I know! (1)

spun (1352) | more than 7 years ago | (#18884013)

why the collective abhorrence of slashdotters against blogs/bloggers?

Elitism, with a touch of "We were doing it before it was cool," thrown in.

Well (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18873967)

I'm waiting for the bloggerati to blog throughout the blogosphere for this latest develblogment in blogging. Is there a wikipedia blog article about this yet? Blog.

Re:Well (1)

CCFreak2K (930973) | more than 7 years ago | (#18879905)

Fry: Hey, I'm starting to get the hang of this game. The blerns are loaded, the count's three blerns and two anti-blerns and the infield blern rule is in effect, right?
Leela: Except for the word 'blern' that was complete gibberish.

So Slashdot advertises for Wordpress? (0, Troll)

Wandering Wombat (531833) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874061)

Does Slashdot get financial compensation everytime they fanwank about another website?

Re:So Slashdot advertises for Wordpress? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18874077)

Wordpress is a platform, you student.

Re:So Slashdot advertises for Wordpress? (0, Troll)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874249)

Wordpress is a platform, you student.

Hey man, give him a break. He's Canadian...

No offense... (5, Informative)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874073)

...but the way that Wordpress mashes together PHP and HTML is horrendous. Every time I have to help someone out with their Wordpress installation because they tried to change a subtle detail in their template and ended up breaking the whole thing, I'm wishing I could find and strangle its designers. Why they didn't make it a tag-replacement system like Movable Type or Textpattern is beyond me.

Re:No offense... (0, Offtopic)

jokerr (618070) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874171)

Why they didn't make it a tag-replacement system like Movable Type or Textpattern is beyond me.
Hind sight is 20/20.

Re:No offense... (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874241)

Hindsight? I don't see how they didn't see beforehand that it would be an awful mess. To me it's just laziness.

Re:No offense... (2, Insightful)

jokerr (618070) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874333)

While I don't know the full details of how it was originally designed I too have been caught up in taking a bit of code and running with it. Only to find out in the long run, I was running a marathon when I just needed to run a lap. Sorry for the bad analogy. But it's so easy as a programmer to think one way is the best only to realize that it's not. Then to have to undo those changes while at the same time not voiding past code/works would be a nightmare. Still, I agree, it's not pretty.

Re:No offense... (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874423)

While I don't know the full details of how it was originally designed I too have been caught up in taking a bit of code and running with it. Only to find out in the long run, I was running a marathon when I just needed to run a lap. Sorry for the bad analogy. But it's so easy as a programmer to think one way is the best only to realize that it's not. Then to have to undo those changes while at the same time not voiding past code/works would be a nightmare. Still, I agree, it's not pretty.
No, you've got a point -- sometimes things we code work fine, but if you peek under the covers, they're ugly as hell. I can relate, and I'm sure everyone's coded something like this before.

However, a supposedly "easy to use" CMS? Especially one meant for people to whom "HTML" is about as much of a computer language as they can handle? What were they thinking?

Re:No offense... (2, Informative)

thePsychologist (1062886) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874187)

Wordpress may have problems in design and whatnot, but unlike Blogger [blogger.com] , Wordpress works under Ubuntu Dapper and Firefox.

By `works', I mean it doesn't cause my browser to crawl to a halt, and the CPU fan to speed up. It's not the speed of my computer (3.06Ghz P4), and besides the site works fine in the Mozilla suite browser. There's something about Firefox that makes it extremely slow and unstable on certain websites. I found out that Blogger is one but another is The Weather Network [theweathernetwork.com] , the most popular weather site in Canada.

Re:No offense... (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874271)

Hmm -- you wouldn't happen to run NoScript, would you?

Re:No offense... (1)

AlHunt (982887) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874551)

I have Ubuntu, FF and NoScript. I hit all the links the GP mentioned and they were fine for me. I know what (s?)he's talking about that some sites render for crap, bog down the browser and kick the fans on, but those particular sites don't. I never thought to blame php ...

Re:No offense... (2, Informative)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874717)

Naw, PHP wouldn't be the culprit -- it's server side.. The only thing on a site that would really bog down a computer would be poor or excessive JavaScript.

Ever been to Digg.com? I browse with a 3.2ghz Pentium D, and that site is horribly slow.

Re:No offense... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18910673)

Both sites are working fine with an 1.5 ghz processor, IE 7 and Windows.

Seems like Linux is slowing you down.

Re:No offense... (4, Interesting)

msimm (580077) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874317)

I haven't used either Movable Type or Textpattern. But after using Mambo/Joomla/PHPbb/PHPNuke and a few other CMS type apps I think when you get used to Wordpress's template system it's really pretty remarkable. It's probably simply a matter of preference, I like being able to take real HTML and make that part of my header or footer. I find it much easier and straight forward then other solutions I've seen, then if I want to dig down into the loop its all right there (and well documented to boot).

I imagine most templating systems would be difficult for people unfamiliar with PHP.

Re:No offense... (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875019)

I haven't used either Movable Type or Textpattern. But after using Mambo/Joomla/PHPbb/PHPNuke and a few other CMS type apps I think when you get used to Wordpress's template system it's really pretty remarkable. It's probably simply a matter of preference, I like being able to take real HTML and make that part of my header or footer. I find it much easier and straight forward then other solutions I've seen, then if I want to dig down into the loop its all right there (and well documented to boot).
Those same benefits you named are present in both Movable Type and Textpattern, and there's absolutely no need for the user to ever have to deal with a server-side programming language.

I imagine most templating systems would be difficult for people unfamiliar with PHP.
Sadly enough, that describes most users of WordPress that I've had to deal with.

Re:No offense... (1)

Peganthyrus (713645) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875235)

Textpattern is a royal pain to develop your templates on, though, as the only way to do it is to cut-and-paste them into a text form. Last I looked (earlier this year) there was still no way to have them live in a file while you do a tight tweak-reload cycle.

And TXP is not really a package you can use by just throwing some CSS on the default templates, either.

(I want to love TXP, really - it's got a lot of things it does right, and its back end is gorgeous - but it's just a huge pain to build a template for if you're used to running a virtual domain and doing an edit-in-Textmate/reload-in-Safari cycle.)

Re:No offense... (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875511)

(I want to love TXP, really - it's got a lot of things it does right, and its back end is gorgeous - but it's just a huge pain to build a template for if you're used to running a virtual domain and doing an edit-in-Textmate/reload-in-Safari cycle.)
They must've changed it since then, because this is exactly how I code in it. ;)

And anywho, just in case anyone was wondering, I'm no Textpattern zealot or anything (for one thing, its lack of an exporter for its own entries befuddles me endlessly, especially considering it can import from such raw sources as a WordPress DB).

Re:No offense... (1)

Peganthyrus (713645) | more than 6 years ago | (#18876505)

Really? Last I checked there was a plugin hack that would export the templates to a bunch of flat files, or back - but it still required you to go tickle a page in the admin interface. It looks like the main package hasn't been updated since then, either. What plugins are you using to do this feat?

maybe I can seriously consider using txp for the back-end of the next version of my own site, instead of my personal fork of Singapore and including LJ in one page.

Re:No offense... (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#18876821)

I agree, I found Wordpress very easy to install, and it's easy to change templates and settings.

I also use their free online blogs too, and they're the best there is in my opinion (doesn't run Adsense of course - but I see that as an advantage, cos Adsense is responsible for more blackhat SEO crap than anything else.). I was a bit puzzled when Blogger came out of Beta, because it feels less stable and has less features than Wordpress - Blogger seems more like a beta than anything else Google has out there.

Joomla itself I found fine, it's well documented. However, I've had various issues with Joomla components. Usually these come down to not so much the actual coding, but the documentation. It seems to me that the majority of Joomla developers are from central Europe, and that English isn't their first or even second language. So most of the documentation is written in language that is very close to - but not quite - English. Far enough away to make it very very difficult for a native English speaker to understand.

phpBB I gave up on - it was far too messy and fiddly. I'm finding the new Fireboard BB for Joomla to be pretty good so far.

Re:No offense... (1)

solios (53048) | more than 7 years ago | (#18878641)

Moveable Type doesn't need/use PHP at all, unless you're one of those types who actually Knows PHP, in which case you can combine it with MT's internal tags and templates to produce some fairly useful functionality.

The only php bits I use are includes (which lets my entry lists update without rebuilding the entire entry database, and also makes it possible to change the look and feel of my whole danged site by changing only a couple of files), and a count function for page totals.

MT rocks. None of the other CMS I've looked at come even close to it in terms of the functionality I need - and the documentation is very, very good.

I second that (1)

matt me (850665) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874579)

When I used wordpress (a year and a half ago) I found the same problem. I was trying to get a consistent design across all my website (which included static pages, a wiki, and a wordpress installation). Hopefully they've improved upon the theming engine since, when I used wordpress there were few themes available. My major issue with such CMS is that all the sites look the same, it numbs the mind and you can't tell where you are.

Re:I second that (1)

twistedsymphony (956982) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875433)

I've you haven't used Wordpress since the release of 2.0 Then you're remembering a completely different application. From what I've seen the only similarities between 1.x and 2.x are a vague familiarity in admin controls. Since 2.0 the themes are their own separate entities as are plugins.

I started using WP around v1.1 it was ok... and once it was up and running and I spent hours integrating the style into the rest of my page (without breaking anything) I really wasn't up to trying to move to a different system... By the time I got around to upgrading 2.0 had been released. I was highly considering moving to a different platform (I was considering Movable Type) but upgrading WP was an easy task so I figured it wouldn't hurt to just try it... I absolutely loved 2.0 as it essentially fixed every major problem I had with the system.

I use it on a few different sites now and it really is a much much better system now then what it used to be. Particularly because it's got a fairly flexible API for plugins, easily one of the best I've used with a web application and the style system is just as flexible too. I've even written a few plugins for it without any problems. 1.x was a chore to work with and fairly limited but since 2.x I feel like I can pretty much do whatever I want with it without having to modifying the core application.

Re:No offense... (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875129)

That would make the system significantly slower.. mind you wordpress isn't exactly fast as lightning as it is.

Re:No offense... (1)

Optikschmoptik (971793) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875177)

...but the way that Wordpress mashes together PHP and HTML is horrendous. Every time I have to help someone out with their Wordpress installation because they tried to change a subtle detail in their template and ended up breaking the whole thing, I'm wishing I could find and strangle its designers.

I remember seeing them using a slogan like "code is poetry". Maybe this is what they meant.

Re:No offense... (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875647)

I remember seeing them using a slogan like "code is poetry". Maybe this is what they meant.
If by that they meant "modern, angst-ridden badly-formed high-school poetry", then sure.

phpBB (2, Interesting)

Jotii (932365) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875397)

Then you should see phpBB. They don't even have their plugins separated from the core code, which means that once you apply a fix, it's practically impossible to update. I was actually relieved when I first edited a WordPress theme and found that it was so much better than phpBB.

Re:phpBB (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18875519)

> it was so much better than phpBB.

That's what we like to call "damnation by faint praise".

Re:phpBB (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875587)

Jesus, I know... sadly enough, the actual PHP making up phpBB is pretty good (as you can tell, I've had a chance to look through most of it while trying to apply and maintain the aforementioned plugins. *sigh*)

Simple question (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874079)

While it's on the topic, can anybody recommend any "slimmed-down" blog software? I wouldn't mind a tool that lets me post quickly and easily, but without all the frigging cruft like trackbacks, pingbacks, Flickr plugin, and goat shaver. Or at least some blog software that gives you way more fine-grained control. Wordpress is nice, but not everybody who blogs necessarily wants to be hooked in like a deer tick to the rest of the internet. Also, not having to deal with metric tons worth of php would be nice too.

Re:Simple question (2, Informative)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874129)

Then, my friend, you want http://textpattern.com/ [textpattern.com] .

Re:Simple question (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874255)

Looks interesting, but it's still heavily dependent on PHP and MySQL. Flatpress looks interesting in this regard, with its use of flat files, but it's still a bit alpha.

Re:Simple question (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874363)

Well, at least with Textpattern you never have to see the PHP. (Unlike Wordpress.)

Flat files for storage? Wow, brings back my days of coding things on VSE. What do they say about speed?

Re:Simple question (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 6 years ago | (#18878293)

What do they say about speed?

From my (brief) searchings, the consensus does appear to be in favour for flat files if you're only dealing with text, which would be all I'm looking for anyway. Once you you start questing for a more broad/deep CMS solution, apparently a db is the way to go.

Re:Simple question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18874161)

Although ASP.Net may not be popular here on Slashdot; I've had great results with it. In fact, I've built a blogging tool with ASP.Net that's meant to play nice with existing sites.

I wanted to make a tool that would allow you to have a blog "on" your site; rather than having a blog "be" the site. Take a look:

http://testdrive.barnyardbbs.com/ [barnyardbbs.com]

It's all XHTML / CSS. It validates. It's even pretty easy to use.

Re:Simple question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18875907)

"..."on" your site"

Great, I guess, but I saw some aspx and vb files. That is not very multi-platform. So I guess I'll never know. Don't you mean it's output is XHTML/CSS.

Re:Simple question (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874237)

FWIW, it's pretty easy to slim down a WP install. If you don't want trackbacks, just delete wp-trackback.php file. If you don't want the ability to post comments, delete wp-comments-post.php . And so on.

The goat shaver, however, is hard-coded into the loop and cannot be disabled.

Re:Simple question (2, Informative)

Chronus (201970) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874259)

If you don't mind a little perl, http://www.blosxom.com/ [blosxom.com] is pretty neat. I use it and it's real easy to get up and going, just set up directories, change a few config things, and bam. No db, no php, nothing extra. Very nice and very extensible if you need it.

Re:Simple question (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874339)

http://www.blosxom.com/" [sourceforge.net] Is EXTREMELY light weight, it's 1 CGI script. It's been a while since I used it but it has templates. When you want to create a blog entry, you drop a text file into a folder. That's it. New blog entry, new text file in a folder. Runs on any OS that runs cgi scripts.

There are also spinnoffs like PHPosxom.

Re:Simple question (3, Insightful)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874355)

Have you tried Thingamablog [sourceforge.net] ? I love it. Easy, small, quick, works great whether you're hosting your blog locally or remotely.

Re:Simple question (1)

PolarLava (301061) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874603)

It's fast, it's secure, it's configurable, it's PolarBlog! http://polarblog.polarlava.com/ [polarlava.com]

Re:Simple question (2, Funny)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875241)

I'm surprised how often I use Wordpress's integrated goat shaver.

Re:Simple question (1)

pddo (969282) | more than 6 years ago | (#18878471)

Have you tried serendipity? http://www.s9y.org/ [s9y.org] Works well for me.

Re:Simple question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18881343)

NucleusCMS:
http://www.nucleuscms.org/ [nucleuscms.org]
540 kb of 'pure publishing'.

Re:Simple question (1)

metamatic (202216) | more than 7 years ago | (#18884401)

I used to use blosxom... but I actually wanted the extra features like comments and Flickr sidebar. If you don't, blosxom is what you want.

done already? (4, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874115)

Wordpress Complete

That's great news! This should free up a lot of developers to work on other projects.

Re:done already? (1)

protomala (551662) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874193)

I tought: "where they still on beta?".
Stating "book review" on the title would just help out to figure what the post means!

corrected blurbage: (1)

rodentia (102779) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874257)


What is [disheartening] about this tool or blog engine is that even a lay person can easily master its use and get his or her blog up and running in no time.

Re:corrected blurbage: (2, Insightful)

mandelbr0t (1015855) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874367)

That's a pretty dim view you have. Do you just think blogging is stupid, or that being a qualified geek is a requirement for such?

dim view (1)

rodentia (102779) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875737)


The first thing an author learns is how little she has to say. For any writer, amateur or professional, the proverbial guidance is *less is more*. Blogging is the systematic violation of this truth of human communication.

I applaud the distribution efficiencies and the rise of an amateur press, but I sigh for the wasted electrons and the deterioration of the signal-to-noise ratio of our cultural life.

Re:dim view (1)

Gareth Williams (536468) | more than 7 years ago | (#18880709)

The first thing an author learns is how little she has to say.
Hey, no offence, but authors can be male you know :)

In english we use the pronoun "he" when discussing a person of unspecified gender, thank-you-very-much. "She" is used for the discussion of inanimate things - ships, countries, motor vehicles, etc. No need to be too over the top with political correctness.

Sorry, pet peeve :)


--

he1 /hi; unstressed i/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[hee; unstressed ee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation pronoun, nominative he, possessive his, objective him; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them; noun, plural hes; adjective
-pronoun
1. the male person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that male.
2. anyone (without reference to sex); that person: He who hesitates is lost.
-noun
3. any male person or animal; a man: hes and shes.
-adjective
4. male (usually used in combination): a he-goat.


One man's peeve (1)

rodentia (102779) | more than 7 years ago | (#18886311)


is another woman's pleasure, apparently. I find the indifferent substitution of he or she for usage number two to be perfectly satisfactory. My pet peeve is the scholiast's insistence that grammar and usage are not perfectly conventional systems susceptible of development. It's not political correctness makes me do; my desire is shakeup the hidebound English grammar.

I feel it is a stylistic matter; a piece with my habit of mashups with semi-colon or my resistance to certain aspects of preposition and pronoun usage. As a poet I feel competent to arrogate that prerogative for myself.

Grammar... (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874267)

It still doesn't mean that people will cease to infuriate me with their improper use of "it's" and "its." The next big step is correcting that error. It's like their freakin' INTERCHANGEABLE now. Sheesh.

Re:Grammar... (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874359)

It's like their freakin' INTERCHANGEABLE now.

Please tell me you did that on purpose ...

(Did what? Using "their" instead of "they're", of course.)

Re:Grammar... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18874739)

It still doesn't mean that people will cease to infuriate me with their improper use of "their" and "they're." The next big step is correcting that error. It's like they're freakin' INTERCHANGEABLE now. Sheesh.

What error? (1)

Radak (126696) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875577)

What specifically are you talking about? The only use of its/it's in the original blurb ("What is exciting about this tool or blog engine is that even a lay person can easily master its use and get his or her blog up and running in no time.") is quite correct.

Were you talking about something else, or are you as clueless as your use of "their" suggests?

Re:What error? (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 7 years ago | (#18882921)

No, I'm talking about how most people screw it up and no word processor will ever repair it. And, yes, I f'ed up on the "their." I usually don't. An honest-to-goodness case of correctly-defined irony.

Re:Grammar... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18876217)

It always makes me laugh when a grammar Nazi does this. Ironic really, that in correcting someone else's error you make the (in my opinion much worse) 'there, they're or their' mistake.

Re:Grammar... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18876829)

Or like they're interchangeable.

Re:Grammar... (1)

spidkit (992102) | more than 7 years ago | (#18880345)

The correct application of the contraction "it's" is to replace "it is".

Now if only someone would get "loose" and "lose" straight:
"You won't lose your cool, if you stay nice and loose about what somebody says."

I don't have a blog (0, Offtopic)

jcgf (688310) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874327)

Sometimes I think that I am the only one left on earth that doesn't have a blog. I often think about starting one but then I realized that all I do in a day is go to work then come home, smoke up, and read shit on the internet so I don't think many people would want to read about that. On the other hand, most blogs I've seen aren't much more exciting so...

Re:I don't have a blog (2, Funny)

rueger (210566) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874405)

"...all I do in a day is go to work then come home, smoke up, and read shit on the internet so I don't think many people would want to read about that..."

You, Sir, have missed the point. Blogs aren't about writing new and interesting ideas, they're about linking to and excerpting from other blogs, thereby getting a higher ranking at Technorati. [technorati.com]

That, or posting pictures of your cat.

Re:I don't have a blog (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#18876425)

You, Sir, have missed the point. Blogs aren't about writing new and interesting ideas, they're about linking to and excerpting from other blogs, thereby getting a higher ranking at Technorati.
Ah, if only that was not sooo true. Of course this isn't the fault of (most) Bloggers, nor of Technorati - fundamentally this is a Google flavored problem. In the days before Google it was meta-tag spamming. Now that we have Web 2.0 (whatever that may be) we have link spam, and tag spam.

For my own blog I try to avoid doing anything like that - however I am conscious that I do sometimes edit a subject line to make it more search engine friendly, even though the original was more poetic. If it helps, it makes me feel like a cheap whore when I do it. Incidentally - does anyone ever visit Technorati who isn't actually a blogger themselves? Sometimes I think we are just all blogging at each other.

And these days it's harder and harder to find anything you want. We really need a new idea in Internet search (somehow... I know that's not easy). I think it would also be healthy for everyone if Google had stronger competition - I want to believe they are still not evil, but I'm finding it harder and harder to do so.

Out of date? Incomplete? (2, Interesting)

rueger (210566) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874353)

I wonder about the point of a book that discusses something that changes more or less monthly or weekly, with things coming and going on regular basis. How long will it be current or useful?

And I wonder how well the book does in discussing plugins, of which there are many for Wordpress, and the many themes that expand on Wordpress.

As much as I dislike trolling user forums for answers and ideas, I think that for Wordpress it's probably still the best option.

This review didn't really give me an idea about the utility of this book, it just listed the table of contents.

Re:Out of date? Incomplete? (1)

the_womble (580291) | more than 7 years ago | (#18880719)

In addition, Wordpress has excellent online documentation, as well as the responsive forums you mention. Who needs a book?

I have gone from being a complete novice (I had never touched PHP before either) to writing themes and plugins, and I have never had the slightest difficulty finding what I want online.

My plugins are not brilliant, but they are useful and a fair number of people use them - especially Slug Trimmer, which produces short automatically generated urls instead of ones-that-go-on-and-on-like-this.

Great piece of software (3, Insightful)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874403)

Since I've moved out of state I setup a blog to keep my family/friends up to date on life and as a personal diary. This is a wonderful piece of software. I didnt want to go the route of using a service like Livejournal because I wanted complete control of the software and run it on my own server. With wordpress I had a nice blog up and running in about 30minutes. Another nice feature is that it's protocol is open, so as a Linux user I just apt-get install drivel, and voila posting to my blog via a nice local program without having to login to the site itself. A+ :)

Re:Great piece of software (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874523)

so as a Linux user I just apt-get install drivel
Sounds like the typical blog to me :)

Now if it could only... (1)

mcguiver (898268) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874655)

...promote insightful, comprehensible thoughts it would be perfect. There are so many tools out there for communication it is just a shame to see that the quality of the ideas communicated seems to be decreasing. How many times have we noticed with cell phones, and now blogs, that people are talking and communicating just to hear their own voice and don't contribute anything by their communication.

That aside, I am glad that it is finally complete. Yes, there are many worthless blogs posted but it makes it all worth it when you get that one gem.

Re:Now if it could only... (1)

jcgf (688310) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875017)

There are so many tools out there for communication it is just a shame to see that the quality of the ideas communicated seems to be decreasing. How many times have we noticed with cell phones, and now blogs, that people are talking and communicating just to hear their own voice and don't contribute anything by their communication.

I found it was that way before cell phones also. I'd imagine that the quality of the average printed work decreased after the printing press too. It's bound to happen, because once you remove the cost of doing something, people won't put as much thought into doing it.

Re:Now if it could only... (1)

haakondahl (893488) | more than 6 years ago | (#18878077)

How many times have we noticed with cell phones, and now blogs, that people are talking and communicating just to hear their own voice and don't contribute anything by their communication.


Case in point.

Re:Now if it could only... (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 7 years ago | (#18883807)

Most blogs read like something Robert Smith [wikipedia.org] would write on a bathroom stall.

Is this needed? (2, Insightful)

madsheep (984404) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874673)

This isn't intended to be rude or necessarily dissuade people from buying this book, but doesn't this quote say it all:

What is exciting about this tool or blog engine is that even a lay person can easily master its use and get his or her blog up and running in no time.
So why exactly would I need to buy a book again? Not to mention this amazing little URL: http://wordpress.org/support/ [wordpress.org]

And oh yes.. I am a Wordpress user. :)

Right.... (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875001)

"What is exciting about this tool or blog engine is that even a lay person can easily master its use and get his or her blog up and running in no time"

Right.. so I guess this is why it needed a whole book about it? You can't claim both now, can you.

WordPress is one of those things that are easy to copy/paste and bang, you have a blog. But you better not want to customize or extend it, since like most open source PHP projects, it has no signs that it had any architecture to begin with. Just random individials slapped pieces of PHP and HTML randomly in the codebase until it seemed to do what they want.

Re:Right.... (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875087)

But you better not want to customize or extend it, since like most open source PHP projects, it has no signs that it had any architecture to begin with. Just random individials slapped pieces of PHP and HTML randomly in the codebase until it seemed to do what they want.
This could, of course, be extended to describe most PHP projects, sadly enough.

Re:Right.... (1)

macurmudgeon (900466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18883901)

"What is exciting about this tool or blog engine is that even a lay person can easily master its use and get his or her blog up and running in no time"

Right.. so I guess this is why it needed a whole book about it? You can't claim both now, can you.

And why not?

Because something is easy to get going with doesn't mean that gaining mastery of it isn't helped by reading good instructional material.

Haven't read this book, but can see its value (if well written). Even though WP has extensive online documentation many still find that a good step-by-step tutorial is easier to learn from.

Hey McFly (1)

wumpus188 (657540) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875699)

If even a lay person can easily master its use and get his or her blog up and running in no time then why we need this book for?

easily master != need to buy a book (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18876769)

What is exciting about this tool or blog engine is that even a lay person can easily master its use and get his or her blog up and running in no time.

So I need to buy a book to figure out how to use it?

BS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18876867)

Installing Wordpress is easy. It is a two step install process.

I call BS. I recently installed Wordpress and it was relatively easy for me to set up and get running and functional, but there is now way in hell it was a 'two step install process'. There is also no way a non-technical person could have done it. If you need to set up a blog it is as good as any of them, but don't believe the hype.

WordPress in two easy steps (2, Funny)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 6 years ago | (#18877599)

WordPress in two easy steps:
  1. Install Apache, PHP, and MySQL, then create a MySQL database and a default user and grant that user full privileges to the database.
  2. Install WordPress!

Re:WordPress in two easy steps (1)

Aokubidaikon (942336) | more than 7 years ago | (#18879539)

So simple even my grandmother could do it!

I liked WordPress so much that I... (1)

Rudd-O (20139) | more than 7 years ago | (#18881213)

...eventually turned it into a business. Since I had to upgrade three blogs simultaneously all the time, while maintaining tons of enhancements, I started using Subversion for it. Not too long after that, I started to sell a bundle of plugins and themes for WordPress which was the same exact copy of what I used for my sites. It turned into a business: http://turbochargedcms.com/ [turbochargedcms.com] powers several high-profile blogs today.

I guess I have shoulders of giants to thank :-)

Wordpress is very difficult (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18882139)

Being stupid i can't:
1. get any article i write with it to appear on the first page
2. get the navigation to work to find articles i have written
3. though have ticked every box saying no one else can add a comment all i get is thousands of spam comments.

so, i'm giving up with wordpress.

Plug-ins for Wordpress that should be mandatory (2, Informative)

DiamondGeezer (872237) | more than 7 years ago | (#18882637)

Hopefully they mention this in the book, but just in case:

Bad behavior [homelandstupidity.us] : kills 99% of all spam on contact
Spam Karma [unknowngenius.com] : kills the other 1%

Great (1)

amazon707 (1093993) | more than 7 years ago | (#18895921)

Its great to Know that SlashDot Rank " Wordpress Complete" as 8/10....my heartiest congratulation for the author Hasin Hayder. wishes, samiha esha
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