Professional WordPress Third Edition is Coming!

That’s right, the highest rated WordPress development book on the market is back with an all new third edition! The writing has begun and Professional WordPress 3E has officially passed the halfway mark. Just like the previous edition, this version will be written by David Damstra and myself.

Professional WordPress 3E will be fully updated for WordPress 4.1. The new edition will feature two completely new chapters:

  • Migrating to WordPress – Covers understanding the migration process, generating data mapping guides, and utilizing WP-CLI with migration scripts.
  • Application Framework – Covers using WordPress as an application framework, integrating APIs, external libraries, and web services. Will also touch on native app development on iOS and Android.

As an extra special bonus, we have THE Lisa Sabin-Wilson on board as the Technical Editor for this edition! Lisa is the For Dummies brand franchise author on all things WordPress. She has been working with WordPress since 2003 and writing about WordPress since 2006. Lisa is an amazing asset to have on Professional WordPress and will help make this edition the best one yet!

The book is targeting an end of year release. You can follow our progress and any Professional WordPress Third Edition news with the hash tag #prowp3.

Do You Want Professional WordPress Plugin Development Second Edition?

Recently I’ve been thinking about my book Professional WordPress Plugin Development, and whether there’s enough demand for a second edition.

Over the years I’ve received some amazing feedback from readers, many of whom have since released plugins on WordPress.org after reading the book. The book is an amazing resource for anyone creating custom plugins in WordPress, from beginners to experts alike. I use the book on an almost daily basis to refresh my memory on proper techniques, functions, and hooks to use when building plugins.

The original Professional WordPress Plugin Development was written for WordPress 3.1, which was released over 2 years ago. The book is still the highest rated WordPress development book on Amazon, with a solid 5-star rating.
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I have two questions for you:

  • Do you want to see a second edition?
  • What would you like to see in a second edition?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Professional WordPress Second Edition Has Hit The Shelves!

WordPress BookMy latest book, Professional WordPress Second Edition, has hit the shelves at major book retailers nation wide! The book is also in stock on Amazon.com!

Professional WordPress is still the highest rated WordPress development book on Amazon! The Second Edition has been completely updated for WordPress 3.5. Every single chapter has been rewritten with updated functions, tutorials, and examples. The book also features brand new chapters for WordPress Multisite and Custom Post Types.

Professional WordPress is the highest rated advanced WP book on Amazon

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Professional WordPress is a book written by programmers for programmers. We take a more in-depth look at WordPress to help explain how WP works from the inside out. The book offers an overview of the WordPress loading process and steps through exactly what happens when a WordPress-generated web page is displayed. The book also covers extending WordPress functionality through custom plugins and creating website designs with custom themes and child themes. All major tutorials throughout the book include code downloads and samples on the WROX website.

If you are serious about learning WordPress development and design, or just want to expand your current knowledge, Professional WordPress Second Edition is a must have resource for your collection!

Professional WordPress Second Edition Reviewers Wanted

My latest WordPress book, Professional WordPress Second Edition, is scheduled for a January 9th release! This book is jam packed with new content for Professional WordPress developers and designers. Every single chapter has been reworked to provide the most current and proper methods for developing and designing in WordPress. We’ve also added some completely new chapters around Custom Post Types, Multisite, and more!

With the release of the new book coming up, we’re looking for passionate WordPress users that would be interested in reviewing the book. Do you like reading technical books? Do you like WordPress? Do you like to blog about it? If so, this job is perfect for you!

The process couldn’t be easier:

  1. We send you a free copy of the new book
  2. You read the new book
  3. You write an online review about the new book

That’s it! Interested? Just leave a comment below expressing your interest and why you’d like to review this book. I’ll choose as many people as I can to be an official reviewer of Professional WordPress Second Edition!

While you’re at it don’t forget to like Professional WordPress on Facebook.

Professional WordPress Second Edition is Coming!

It’s official,Professional WordPress Second Edition is in the works! I’m really excited to update this book, as it’s such a great resource for WordPress design and development. The original Professional WordPress is one of the HIGHEST rated WordPress design and development books on the market, and we plan on making the Second Edition even better!

The original writing team is back, with a slight twist. This version of the book will be written by David Damstra and myself. Hal Stern will serve as our Technical Editor this time around. As with the last book, Professional WordPress takes a more advanced look at WordPress. From dissecting core code, breaking down functions and classes, to exploring WordPress APIs in depth, this book will help you take your WordPress design and development skills to the next level!

The original book was written for WordPress 2.9 and is over two years old now. Surprisingly the book actually holds up pretty well in most areas. The new book will be written around WordPress 3.5 (we’re very forward thinking) and include all of the new features and enhancements that have been released over the past two years. I’m really excited for some of the brand new chapters we’re writing, including chapters dedicated to Multisite and Custom Post Types and Taxonomies. We will even have an entire chapter dedicated to working with WordPress locally!

You can follow our progress and any Professional WordPress Second Edition news with the hash tag #prowp2. The book is currently planned for a December 2012 release date, which will make it a GREAT stocking stuffer!

Professional WordPress Plugin Development Has Hit The Shelves!

My latest book, Professional WordPress Plugin Development, has left the warehouse and is in stock and ready to order! The book is also available in DRM-Free PDF and Kindle formats. I co-authored this book with two amazing developers, Ozh Richard and Justin Tadlock.

Pro WP Plugin Dev BookI am really happy with how the book turned out and know it will be a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn, or expand, their knowledge on WordPress plugin development. The book includes 80+ fully functional plugin examples and tutorials for download. I find myself consulting the book on a daily basis for code snippets and examples.

Professional WordPress Plugin Development covers a wide range of plugin dev topics including plugin foundation, creating widgets and shortcodes, custom post types and taxonomies, users and roles, coding standard and styles, and action and filter hooks. The book also dives into some more advanced topics like the HTTP API, JavaScript and Ajaz, Cron event scheduling, the Rewrite API, and even an entire chapter dedicated to Multisite plugin development! For more information check out the post Ozh wrote that details everything the book covers.

Want to win a FREE copy of the book? I’m giving away three free copies to three random fans of the Professional WordPress Plugin Development Facebook page. Simply like the page and you’re entered to win! I’ll pick the winners on Monday.

Professional WordPress Plugin Development Available for Presale on Amazon!

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Pro WordPress Plugin Dev Book

My next book, Professional WordPress Plugin Development, is available for presale on Amazon.com!

Co-authored with Ozh Richard and Justin Tadlock, this book is the definitive guide for WordPress plugin development.

We cover a wide range of plugin dev topics including:

  • Plugin foundation
  • Creating widgets and shortcodes
  • Custom post types and taxonomies
  • WordPress coding standards and styles
  • Action and filter hooks
  • Best security practices

Pro WP Plugin Dev is the first of its kind with the many advanced topics covered. Most of these topics have never been in print!

Advanced plugin development topics include:

  • HTTP API including Google Map examples
  • JavaScript and Ajax
  • Cron event scheduling
  • Rewrite API and query handling
  • Multisite networks
  • Developer’s toolbox
  • and more!

This book is the next edition in the WROX programmer to programmer series. It was written by developers, for developers, and will teach you how to program WordPress in easy to understand tutorials and explanations. In fact this book comes packed with 80+ fully functional plugin examples and tutorials for download!

Make sure you reserve your copy today and don’t miss out on the WordPress plugin development goodness!

Professional WordPress Book Signing at Blog World Expo

Next month is Blog World and New Media Expo 2010 in Las Vegas. I’ve just confirmed I’ll be doing a book signing for Professional WordPress at the event!

Pro WP BookWiley will have a booth setup where you can purchase all of their amazing books. I’ll be signing copies of Professional WordPress at the Wiley booth on Saturday, October 16th at 1pm.

I’ll be attending Blog World Expo with Brian and April from WebDevStudios. As many of you know my company redesigned the BlogWorld.com website a few weeks ago using the Genesis theme framework. We are also sponsors of Blog World Expo this year!

It looks to be a great event so if you plan on attending be sure to stop by and say hi!

New Book: Professional WordPress Plugin Development!

I couldn’t be more excited to announce a new book I’m co-authoring: Professional WordPress Plugin Development!

WROX logoThis book will continue the Professional WordPress series with a focus on plugin development in WordPress. This alone is exciting news, but of course I’m not writing this book on my own. I’ve brought in two of the best known WordPress developers in the business: Ozh Richard and Justin Tadlock! Anyone who works with WordPress will be very familiar with these two guys. They both have a huge reputation for writing some of the most detailed, easy to understand, and extremely knowledgeable tutorials out there for plugin and WordPress development.

The excitement doesn’t stop there! We’ve also brought in two great Technical Editors for our new book. The first is Andrew Nacin. Anyone who follows the core development of WordPress will be very familiar with Andrew. Andrew is one of the most active core contributors to the WordPress project and his endless knowledge of the internals of WordPress are sure to help take our book to the next level. The second Tech Editor is Doug Vann. Doug is known for his expertise and knowledge in the open source CMS world. Doug will approach this book as a CMS user, thinking outside the box of a normal developer.

This book will be jam packed with plugin knowledge from beginner topics like creating your first plugin, security, and settings, to more advanced topics like JavaScript and AJAX, Cron, and the mysterious Rewrite API. This book will have something for everyone looking to learn or expand their knowledge on building professional plugins in WordPress.

You can following our process during the writing of this book using the hash tag #plugindevbook on Twitter. The book is currently planned for a March 2011 release date.

SitePoint Podcast Interview with Authors of Wicked WordPress Themes

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing two of the authors of SitePoint.com’s new book Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes on the SitePoint Podcast. I had a great time talking WordPress themes with Allan Cole and Jeffrey Way.

During the podcast we covered some great topics including:

  • Intro to WordPress themes
  • Where to start when building a theme
  • Theme frameworks
  • Theme options
  • Selling themes and what to consider
  • GPL and split-license

I had a chance to read the new book prior to the interview. I would classify this book as a must read for any designer looking to learn how to develop amazing WordPress themes. The chapter on selling themes is worth the book price alone!

If you haven’t done so be sure to pick up a copy of Wicked WordPress Themes and starting creating beautiful themes today!