Media praise for WordPress: The Missing Manual

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"This knowledgeable manual is the perfect tool to keep nearby if one has a WordPress blog and either does not know where to start or has to correct, change or trouble-shoot his or her own self-hosted blog site. Kudos to MacDonald for writing and explaining such a complicated topic in layman’s “computerese.” "
-- Conny Crisalli, BookPleasures.com

"WordPress: The Missing Manual is a book you have to read before you start a blog. I found this book an easy read. It makes understanding WordPress quite simple. It lays everything out perfectly and finding information in here is quite easy."
-- Lisa Martin, Lisa Reviews

"MacDonald provides readers with all the basics of WordPress in one convenient package. "
-- Kit O'Toole, Blogcritics.org

"This reference is essential...you get valuable information that would cost hundreds of dollars in a class or workshop for less than $30. I don’t see how anyone who wants to learn to build a better WordPress blog or business website could possibly go wrong."
-- Carolyn Warren, BookPleasures.com

"This book is a recipe book for success as a blogger or website designer. The author, Matthew MacDonald, has created a soup-to-nuts book (how to create, manage, maintain, and extend a WordPress site) with the dessert course in the appendices (migrating WordPress and useful sites)...It makes a great how-to book for everyone from a beginner to an advanced user."
-- Linda McNeil, Macs@PACS

"Like many others from "The Missing Manual" series do, this book covers virtually every aspect of the topic, from the very jumpstarting to advanced customization tasks. What really caught my attention the first time I opened it, was the extremely granular structure of the Table of Contents. Later I was definitely impressed by the ability to move from one topic to another with caution and an analytical approach. [...]" Full Review >
-- Giuseppe Simpatia, www.simpatia.eu

"A comprehensive guide that shows you how to bend and shape WordPress to your will. " Full Review >
-- Scott Nesbitt, ubuntumusings.scottnesbitt.net

"I don't say this often, but in the case, I will. The name says it all. I've been reading this book, which by the way, looks really good on both the Kindle and the Kindle Fire HD (yeah I finally got one"yay). This book covers things I didn't even think of and explains it in straight forward, no nonsense, and conversational style. When I say conversational style, I mean that it flows from one sentence to the next, one subject to the next without being stuffy and it is written so that anyone can understand it. Word Press is a little daunting on some things. Am I gonna mess it up so it never works? What the heck are plugins? How do I moderate comments? What if I'm getting a lot of spam in my comments? How do I even set it up? Now I personally know about some of these things, but there are many more that I didn't. I certainly didn't know how to set up an E-commerce website. What about security? That's covered as well. Mr. MacDonald makes it seem so easy. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Word Press. " Full Review >
-- Ninajean Slone, ravnone1.blogspot.com

"Review: “WordPress: The Missing Manual” by Matthew MacDonald; O’Reilly Media The Missing Manual series covers practical how-to information for popular topics for which there is no official manual. This book covers the popular WordPress software that powers blogs and websites … Continue reading →" Full Review >
-- Richard Parkin, crossadept.wordpress.com/

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-- Virginia DeBolt, www.webteacher.ws

"The missing manual series consistently provides an excellent guide to every aspect of the program or product and this interation in the series is no exception. Since Wordpress is more of a service than an actual product, the author faced a unique challenge of making it relevant and useful without get stuck by the fact that Wordpress does frequent updates and tweaks to its products. The features were presented in such a way that they empowered the reader to understand the concept and not get caught up in the very detailed aspects of features that could change over time such as where an option is located or which menu to click on. This was less of a tutorial and exercise based book but rather an exhaustive feature guide that didn't get bogged down in overly technical aspects such as the nitty gritty of php or sql databases and was written from an end user perspective. The book mostly ignored fluffy discussions of why you should blog or what you should blog about and keep it all about setup, usage, and maintenance. The flow of the book assumes no prior knowledge of blogs hosted by Wordpress or self-hosted blogs and clear distinctions were made where applicable between the two versions. After reviewing setup and installation the book talks about how to enrich your blog with media, pages, and comments and then eventually going into the advanced concepts of plugins and multiple authors and then finally turning a blog into a full-fledged website which is all the rage today. This flow allows someone already familiar with how to setup Wordpress to pick up the book to start where the reader's individual skill set ended. Even though I am an experienced user of Wordpress, the sections on plugins and optimizing the use thereof was extremely helpful and the index was invaluable when I got stuck on a particular feature. Great book for someone who wants to move beyond simply writing a blog and work on taking ownership of it without paying a consultant or designer to do so. " Full Review >
-- David Greenbaum, www.clickheretech.com

"This is a complete guide on Wordpress. Maybe you are a writer with very little web development skills who need to begin your own blog. Maybe you are a web developer who need to explore the powerful content management system provided by Wordpress, so you can give a better service to your customers. In both cases, this is the write book to you." Full Review >
-- Pasan Wijesinghe, techconsultlk.blogspot.com

"A well written guide that covers all facets of the WordPress software. Whether you are using the WordPress.com hosting service or installing to your own hosting account this book contains useful information and bountiful links to get up and running fast." Full Review >
-- Jeffery Rine, www.icomputebetter.com