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.

Tassimo Brewbot Review and Giveaway!

Last week I received a new Tassimo Brewbot to review! Not only do I have one to review, but I also have one to giveaway to one of you! Read on to find out how to win.

The Brewbot is an “advanced brewing machine programmed to make seven different varieties of beverages”. The unit is basically a single serve coffee machine with smarts. Simply enter a T-Disc into the Brewbot and hit the big button to start. In a short amount of time (usually 30 seconds or less) you’ll have a fresh cup of coffee (or one of the other 7 varieties) ready to go!

At first I honestly wasn’t sure if this is something that I would use on a daily basis. Well it didn’t take long for me to come to a conclusion. I’ve been using the Brewbot daily since it arrived. I find myself making a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. In fact I typically start the Brewbot, then make a regular pot of coffee, and my Brewbot cup is done before I can even get the regular pot started. I like it so much in fact that I’ve already gone out and purchased more T-discs to try them out!

Tassimo Brewbot T-Disc
Overall the Brewbot is a really great device and one that I’ll be using for a long time to come. If you want to win a Brewbot simply leave a comment below, it’s as easy as that! I’ll pick a random winner at the end of the week. The only requirement is you must have a US based mailing address.

I want to thank Tassimo and Lara Kulpa (@larakulpa) for giving me the opportunity to have this giveaway. Below is a video showing the Brewbot in action:

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!

Best Wings in Philadelphia?

Last night April and I decided to try the winner of the “Best Wings in Philly” as awarded by Philadelphia Magazine.

Cinnamon Wings

The winning wings were from Teresa’s Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA. When I heard the wings were cinnamon I was a bit skeptical, but being the best wings in Philly I had to try them.

The first thing I noticed is the wings are whole wings. So even though the serving is only 5 whole wings, it’s actually 10 traditional wings. When the waitress brought the wings we immediately smelt the warm cinnamon aroma. Even the guy sitting next to us asked if they were cinnamon flavored.

The wings were extremely delicious! The meat was juicy and cooked perfectly. The cinnamon was better than I expected, but I still felt like I was missing out on my normal hot wings.

Overall the wings at Teresa’s Next Door Bar were really good and I would recommend them to anybody. Now I need to go back and try the hot wings!

Managing Online Forums by Patrick O’Keefe

By StrangeWork.com: I recently received a copy of Managing Online Forums, a new book by my friend Patrick O’Keefe. As most of you know I am an Advisor on SitePoint Forums with Patrick, so I couldn’t wait to dive into this book and see what Patrick had written.

Managing Online Forums Book ImageOne of the first things I noticed is this book can be read by beginners and experts alike. I’ve been around internet communities for well over 10 years now and would consider myself a semi-expert in the field. Patrick was able to not only write for a beginner enthusiast wanting to learn all about community management, but also the seasoned community veteran who thinks they have seen it all.

Patrick breaks down every aspect of community management including developing community guidelines, promoting your community, managing forum staff, dealing with bad members and chaos, and how to make money from your community.

My favorite chapter of the book is one of the more sensitive subjects, Banning Users and Dealing with Chaos. One of the quickest ways to lose control of a community is to handle chaos incorrectly. Patrick does a great job of giving real world community examples and solid solutions on how to handle each.

Another great chapter is Developing Guidelines. I’ve started more than a few communities, and not once have I stopped to think about my communities guidelines before launching. Not only does Patrick go into great detail on what type of guidelines you should have, but he also provides a blank guideline template section demonstrating exactly how he lays out his guidelines for reference.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone, beginner and expert alike, that is interested in increasing their knowledge on community management. So get out there and buy this book!