WordPress 3 Site Blueprints: A book review by Bob Morris

WordPress 3 Site Blueprints: Ready-Made Plans for 9 Different Professional WordPress Sites
Heather R. Wallace
Packt Publishing (2010)

This book has prepared me well to work with technical and graphics specialists whom I have retained to transform this website into fully-functional, dynamic WordPress website. That is to say, Heather Wallace and her colleagues have provided a comprehensive and cohesive briefing on how I can actively participate in the aforementioned, step-by-step process. I do not fully understand all of the material provided in Chapter 2 (“Building a Community Portal”), for example, and it is at least possible that another of the nine WordPress websites may prove to be more appropriate. But at least I have learned what questions to ask as well as how best to express my wishes and intentions as various steps are completed in the process.

Whichever one of the nine different professional WordPress sites is selected, Wallace and her colleagues provide two valuable appendices. In the first, the reader learns how to set up and configure Akismet, WP-DB-Backup, WP-reCAPTCHA (also creating new API keys), and Maintenance Mode. The reader is also introduced to WP Hide Dashboard. (Note: The WP Hide Dashboard plugin is well-suited for usage on all of the sites featured in this book.) Then in Appendix B, the reader learns how to install themes from the WordPress Free Themes Directory and plugins from the WordPress Free Plugin Directory. Additional information can be obtained by clicking here.

I also highly recommend Tessa Blakeley Silver’s WordPress 3.0 jQuery and Brandon Corbin’s WordPress Top Plugins, both also published by Packt in 2010.

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