Pre-Order Professional WordPress Third Edition

Professional WordPress Third Edition has been officially completed and is available for pre-order on Amazon!

Professional WordPress 3rd editionEvery chapter in this new edition of the book has been completely updated for WordPress 4.1. The book also features two brand new chapters: WordPress as an Application Framework and Migrating to WordPress.

I couldn’t be happier to hear the response we’ve received from the previous two editions. This book has truly helped people around the world learn and understand WordPress development and design. If you are just starting to learn WordPress, or are an experienced developer or designer, this book has something for you. The Professional WordPress series is the highest rated advanced WordPress book on the market.

The book is scheduled to be released on January 26th, 2015. Make sure you pre-order your copy of Professional WordPress Third Edition today!

Writing Secure WordPress Code

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation at WordCamp Europe on writing secure WordPress code. The methods I described in my presentation are extremely important when writing code for WordPress. Whether you are a theme designer or a hardcore plugin developer, you should follow all of these security measures to verify your code is as secure as possible. My presentation slides are below:

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!

WordSesh Starts Tonight with the DradCast

wordsesh-badge-speakingWordSesh, a 24-hour live streaming WordPress event, starts tonight with a special edition of the DradCast! The show starts at 8pm EDT ( 0:00 UTC ) and will feature the WordSesh organizer, and my good friend, Scott Basgaard.

This is the first ever online-only WordPress event and I’m very excited to be a part of it. I’d love to see more events like WordSesh in the future and I absolutely think we will. Overall there is very little overhead for an event like this, with the biggest cost being the time it takes to organize.

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend (and honestly who doesn’t want to hang out with a bunch of nerds on a Friday?) you need to check out WordSesh. If you can’t make the live event don’t worry, all presentations are being recorded via YouTube so you can watch them back at your leisure.

I will see you tonight!

DradCast Episode One is Tonight!

The DradCast, a new WordPress focused podcast hosted by Dre Armeda and myself, kicks off tonight with episode one! The new show will be a weekly podcast every Wednesday night at 8pm Eastern time. Dre and I have put together a really fun show format that is different from the other WordPress podcasts out there.

DradCast WordPress Podcast logoEach week we’ll feature a new guest host on the show. The host will bring some topics that interest them to discuss. We’ll also cover any WordPress topics that are particularly important that week. Think of the DradCast show format similar to SNL, where the guest host is the highlight of the show with Dre and I as the supporting cast.

If you are interested in being a guest host on the show, fill out our guest host request form. Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm Eastern for the inaugural episode of the DradCast with special guest host Cory Miller!

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.

Free WordPress Security eBook

CodePoet.com, a site dedicated to being a solid resource to anyone that builds WordPress websites, has released a free WordPress Security ebook that I contributed to! The book is titled “Locking Down WordPress” and is available in PDF, Kindle, and EPUB formats for FREE!

The ebook was co-authored by Rachel Baker, John Ford, and myself. This ebook is a must-read resource for anyone running a WordPress powered website. It’s jam packed with useful tips and tricks to keep your WordPress installation safe from hacks and exploits.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Read Locking Down WordPress to find out how to properly secure your WordPress website.

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!

WP Late Night Becomes Most Popular WordPress Podcast!

It’s has been confirmed that WP Late Night, the new podcast I’m a Co-Host on, has become the #1 WordPress Podcast! I’m really excited, especially since we are just getting started. Last night we recorded the 8th episode of WP Late Night and are having a great time!

WP Late Night LogoWe’re trying to make this podcast different from the rest. We stream live video of the show using Spreecast. You can watch the video recording of our past shows on our WP Late Night Spreecast channel.

Another reason I think the show is so successful is the synergy between the hosts. I’ve known Ryan and Dre for a few years now. We’ve hung out at many WordCamps (and after parties!) and have become really good friends. Being friends with your co-hosts makes a big difference in the harmony of the show and I think that really comes across in each episode.

If you haven’t tuned in yet I highly recommend you give us a spin. You can listen to all of our episodes by visiting WPLateNight.com. You can also catch us live every Wednesday @ 8pm EDT on the WPCandy.com Stream.