Make WordPress Work for You

By Mick Gibson
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Since WordPress morphed out of b2/cafelog in 2003, it’s overtaken all competitors to become the world’s content management system of choice.

wordpress stats

  • 65,810,415 WordPress sites in the world (at time of writing)
  • Over 100,000 new WordPress sites are created every day!
  • Powers 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites
  • Used in 22% of all new websites

WordPress Early Days
At the center of WordPress’s success has been its ease of use, clean styling, and open-source ethos, as outlined in a VERY early version of
The beauty of WordPress is that it works for corporations (driving the likes of Wired, CNN, and The New York Times), as well as for smaller blogs and businesses.

Most of you will have set up a standard WordPress site using a free theme, but how many have managed to:

  • Fully understand WordPress’s underlying code
  • Manipulate its server-side capabilities
  • Customize it for a wide range of projects
  • Harness its powerful APIs, plugins, and other extensions?

The WordPress AnthologyThe WordPress Anthology by Mick Olinik and Raena Jackson Armitage is the new book from SitePoint. Its 336 pages offers web developers a broad base of WordPress solutions, putting you in control of this impressive CMS. Jam-packed with proven tips and techniques, you’ll discover how to effectively use WordPress to better meet your, and your clients’ needs.

In short it’ll … make the world’s most versatile CMS work for you!

Grab a copy (in either print or ePack format)
Download a sample PDF (including the author’s WordPress insights)

As a launch special – the ePack is available for only $17 (via this discount link)
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  • I just ordered this book. You know what would be great? If you were confident of selling at least, say 100 copies in Australia and you bulk shipped those into the country. Then the first 100 orders here could be received within a couple of days.

    • Hey Mike. We’ve actually had the overall book print run delayed, so that’s what’s holding things up. Have you got yourself a copy of the eBook version, to keep you busy in the interim?

      • No. I don’t usually bother with eBook guides for digital work, because I need that same computer to be following along doing the work. Too much alt + tab, task switching to be very useful (I don’t have a tablet and phones are tiny).

        Having said that how delayed is the print run? eBook would be better than nothing if it’s going to be a while.

        • Hey Mike. The book is shipping at the end of the month. Thanksgiving in the States threw a turkey at us :) Do you have a copy of the eBook. If not email us at books @ sitepoint , com and we’ll send you a copy :)

  • Been reading WordPress Wicked Themes, can’t wait to get this SitePoint book as well. SitePoints books are probably the best books I’ve read, the way they are written says is all. Incredibly easy reading. They always seam to put things in perspective. Keep up the good work.

    • Hey Angelo. Thanks for the positive feedback about our books. I’ll pass it on to the publishing team :)

  • Nice article. i will read that, may it will also gonna helpful to me, btw i am new in Web Designing industry so there is tons of things which i need to learn!

    • Hey Nora. Thanks for your interest and comments. We hope we can help you grow your career in web development :)

  • Heard a lot in reading the book and hope to read more

  • USPaperchaser


    Does the book go into detail explaining, with examples, how to extend WP with your own code?


    • Hey. Yes the book does have a number of examples about how to extend and customise your own WP. Perhaps check out the sample PDF?

  • The Schaef

    I has a sad. I was looking for a WordPress resource and, not realizing this book was out, picked up a Smashing title from my local bookstore.

    Sorry, Sitepoint, I didn’t know. I bought a ton of your other books and I promise you, Smashing means nothing to me, I only have eyes for you. It was just the one time.