Is There a Book? (6 posts)

  1. Amulet
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I've been exploring pages, especially the Codex, and I must confess, I'm overwhelmed. I'm pleased WP is such a powerful program, with so many options, but it seems like there are multiple pages on some topics that cover the same stuff. Sometimes I'm not sure where to start. And I admit, I feel exasperated when I click on a link, only to find several more links, and sometimes more links when I click on one of those. One of the things I hope to learn is to do themes.

    Is there a book, perhaps? I find physical books much easier to get through than virtual pages. :) I tend to retain my senses--what little I have--when I follow a linear fashion. Thank you.

  2. James Huff
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 10 years ago #

    There was an attempt by a 3rd party to write a book, but I don't think the plans were ever fulfilled. You are, however, more than welcome to print the Codex. I highly recommend starting with First Steps With WordPress, it is very well written.

  3. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    There can't be a book, at least not for a very long time.

    WP code changes too rapidly, people find new ways to do things, new plugins are created so even if you did pay for a book, you would come back here and to Codex just as much - if not more as a book would rapidly becomed outdated.

    I don't know why you are asking specifically, but if you have a very precise issue, a question here should get you the answer.
    If you need any clarification, again here of the irc channel #wordpress (on irc.freenode.net) will get you that.

    I have the definitive guide for CSS book but even so I still use online forums and FAQ's because although the book has all the answers, it can be a daunting thing to read and always takes me off in other directions.

  4. ozzie123
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I always consult with this forum from time to time and also refer to Codex sometime.

  5. Amulet
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I don't have the time online to read all the things I'd like to (let alone offline), but a book would be handy, and let me learn what I can, then update using online resources, which is what I did with HTML. I don't have my own computer; I use my boyfriend's, and usually only get a few hours a day. I can't print anything out; his printer went kaput long ago, and he hasn't been able to afford to replace it.

    There's already a bunch of things I'd like to do during my online time, that I can't do. I did read through many of the Codex pages, though. Right now, I'm feeling overwhelmed by creating themes, which is what I'm interested in doing. There's so many options, and I know a lot of people like customizing every little nuance, but I find it tedious to customize things like fonts and how far apart each character is. I know I can choose not to do that, but there's still a lot of stuff to deal with. All the template tags and their parameters are my biggest hurdle. I just want to create a look (images and colors), and have the rest already taken care of.

    Thanks, though.

  6. oriecat
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Your best bet in that case is probably to find an existing theme that you like and then just modify it to suit you. A lot easier than creating one yourself.

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