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August 30th in Wordpress Books, Wordpress Training by .

Twitter has quickly become “THE” community to be a part of. Not only it’s a great community to network with others and build relationships, but it can help drive lots of traffic to your blog as well. So if you have a WordPress blog, you can’t afford not to be involved on Twitter. But Twitter is more than just talking about what you are doing every minute or what you plan to eat for lunch. It’s about connecting with others and providing them with content that makes them want to come back for more. Perhaps the best way to get a handle on Twitter is learn from the masters. Thankfully, many top Twitter experts have written books or created courses on this very topic. So as long as you are willing to spend some time to get through them, you should have no trouble becoming a tweetmaster.

If you are looking for a killer resource to take your Twitter game to the next level, here are 4 cool resources (and books) you should consider reviewing:

The Twitter Book: a book by the legendary Tim O’reilly. It’s one of the best Twitter books around. The book shows you how to get started with Twitter and how to effectively push your business and brand on Twitter.

Twitter Power: Joel Comm needs no introduction. His Adsense books dominated the best sellers charts for long. Twitter Power shows you exactly what you need to do to dominate the world of Twitter. [click to continue…]

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August 20th in Wordpress Books by .

Search Engine Optimization All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))

A lot of bloggers assume that once they switch from Blogger or other platforms to WordPress, their site is going to show up higher on Google’s search engine result pages. There was a time when some experts actually gave WordPress a big edge over its competitors as far as SEO was concerned. But these days, if you want to show up at the top of the search engines, you’ve got to work at it. Choosing the right keyword and writing magnetic content goes a long way towards helping you get better rankings on Google and other search engines but having a long-term SEO strategy always pay in the long run.

Search Engine Optimization for Dummies is a wonderful book by Bruce Clay, a SEO legend, that shows you how to optimize any website for search engines. The books starts from zero and shows you how to take your website to the next level by optimizing all aspects that are deemed to be important by search engines. The book starts with an overview of how search engines work, and what they deem to be important when ranking a website. So you won’t have to follow instructions that others give you without understanding why they are important.

The keyword research section is rich and a must read for everyone. A lot of people tend to go overboard with their keyword research and target too many keywords per page. Bruce discusses what you need to look out for when conducting your keyword research. The author doesn’t just show you how to research keywords. He also discusses how you can develop a real keyword strategy for your website. Your keyword research process never stops. You always have to be on the top of things and find new ways to get ranked high on Google. But having a long-term strategy, you can keep targeting popular terms and grab more traffic share in your niche.

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March 23rd in Wordpress Books by .

WordPress Plugin Development (Beginner's Guide)
WordPress Plug-in Development: Get your copy here.
Wordpress is one of the best content management systems out on the market. Not only it’s a free powerful CMS, WordPress also relies on its community to enhance its functionality by coding themes and plugins. Writing WordPress plugins is not very difficult if you know what you are doing. The only problem is where to get the proper information on how to do it.

A lot of these coders have to spend hours to research the ins and outs of the WordPress platform and read a handful of books to get a handle of the platform. With WordPress Plugin Development, you get it all in one package. The author takes you through the process that you need to go through to develop sophisticated WordPress plugins.

What I like about this book is the fact that it is hands-on. You don’t get a book that just delves into the theory behind writing plugins. The author shows you the way and takes your hand as you code your first set of WordPress plug-ins. Here are the plugins that you will have written by the time you are finished with the book:

  • Digg This: add Digg This functionality to your blog.
  • Live Blogroll: enhance your blog’s blogroll.
  • The Wall: create a shout box for WordPress plugin.
  • Snazzy Archives: beautifies your archives.
  • Insights: access your articles and Flickr images from within the WordPress edit page.
  • Post Types: enhance WordPress’ backend as you wish.

As you can guess, the plugins that you code get more complex as you delve deeper into the book. Every single plugin that you write in this book teaches you valuable information that you can use for the next. By the time, you are done with the last plugin, you’ll know exactly how to deal with custom fields, change the backend, and write sophisticated plugins to pretty much do anything you want.

Creating a WordPress plugin is more than just writing the code. You also want to think about security, deployment, and compatibility issues. WordPress Plugin Development teaches you how to:

  • Master the WordPress code base, WordPress’s plug-in architecture, and the plug-in application programming interface (API).
  • Manipulate data, handle user roles and permissions, and posts.
  • Use actions and filters to write more sophisticated code.
  • Customize menus, sub-menus, and the plug-in admin panel.
  • Use AJAX and jQuery to write more dynamic plug-ins.
  • Integrate your plug-in with WordPress panels and the tinyMCE editor
  • Work with third-party APIs such as Flicker or Digg API
  • Localize your WordPress installation.
  • Publish your plugin to WordPress Plugin Repository
  • Create safe WordPress plugins to protect the users against hackers.

Overall, WordPress Plugin Development another smash hit by Packt Publishing. This is a great book for anyone who’s interested in writing professional plugins for the WordPress platform. The book is very different from those books that teach you how to write “hello world” code but don’t show you how to code properly. The author walks you through the process of writing a few simple and complex WordPress plugins, and he shows you what you need to look out for to write better, more secure code. If you are planning to get into the WordPress Development business, you must read WordPress Plugin Development.

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March 19th in Wordpress Books by .

I am a WordPress junkie. There is no shame in that. But you don’t have to be a WP junkie to appreciate a good WordPress book when you see it. The guys as Packt Publishing have 3 smash hits for WordPress bloggers that teach you everything you need to know to blog and design WordPress blogs like a pro. Let’s check them out:

1. WordPress Theme Design: for a long time I searched for a good book that talked about how to design my own WordPress theme. I guess the guys at Packt publishing heard me out. WordPress Theme Design is a sweet book that teaches you the ins and outs of a typical WordPress theme and how you can create your very own theme. You get sample code and all kinds of tips that you can take advantage of to get into the business of building WP themes.

2. WordPress Plugin Development: WordPress theme development is only one part of the equation. If you want to create your own WordPress factory, you’ve got to be able to write your own plugins too. Packt Publishing’s book on WordPress plugin development is going to teach you how to write WordPress plugins like a pro!

3. WordPress for Business Bloggers: You know how to write your own theme. You know how to write your plugin. Can you actually write for your own blog? WordPress for business bloggers is a solid how-to-blog book that shows you exactly how to write business blogs like a pro.

There you have it folks. Packt Publishing is one of the best technical publishers in the world. Their books on Open Source content management systems are often very solid. But they have hit a triple with their top 3 WordPress books. If you are looking to learn WordPress inside and out, you should consider picking up these books.

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February 15th in Wordpress Books by .

WordPress For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

I still remember writing a very short preview of the second edition of WordPress for dummies. It was supposed to be released sometime in November, and I was super excited to get a chance to see how many nuggets I could pick up from it.

Fortunately, WP 2.7 happened and the book was delayed to include the latest WP 2.7 tips. After a long period of waiting, the book is finally going to be released on Amazon. If you are new to WordPress, this book can get you started fast. The format is very similar to the first edition, except it includes material for WP 2.7.

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January 29th in Wordpress Books by .

WordPress Plug-in Development (Beginner's Guide)

I still remember the very first day that I got started with WordPress. I had found the open source platform online and decided to get my feet wet with it. At the time, I wasn’t really aware of the true power of WordPress content management system. That’s just it. WordPress is not just a CMS but a community of people dedicated to making it better. Folks behind WordPress have given bloggers a platform to express their ideas easily, free of charge. But the community has pushed WordPress to newer heights by creating thousands plug-ins and themes for WordPress.

Learning how to use WordPress is not that difficult. There are many books out there that you can use to get started with WordPress. But learning how to write plug-ins for WordPress platform could be a tricky affair. First off, you need to be technical enough to code in PHP. You also need to know the base code behind the WordPress platform. If you are dedicated enough and have a lot of time on your hands, you can probably find resources online to teach yourself WordPress programming. But for the rest of us, I recommend WordPress Plug-in Development: The Beginner’s Guide.
Wordpress Plug-in Development guide is the newest WordPress book that targets folks who are technical enough to get started with plug-in development with WordPress. Developing free plug-ins is one of the best ways to drive traffic to your sites, and if you have the skills to pick it up quickly, you can gain a competitive advantage over most of your competitors. And let’s not foret that by creating plug-ins for WordPress, you help make the platform even better than before. WordPress Plug-in Development is hands on and shows you how to write 6 cool plug-ins for your WordPress blog:

  • Digg-this: Adds a Digg This button to each post.
  • Live Blogroll: Adds a recent posts popup for each blog in your blogroll.
  • The Wall widget: Displays comments on the sidebar without reloading the page.
  • Snazzy Archives: Presents your site archives in a unique visual way.
  • Insights: Access your articles and Flickr images from within the WordPress edit page.
  • Post Types: Provides pre-defined post templates to quickly add a photo or a link to your blog.

What I like about this book is the fact that the author doesn’t assume that you are an expert when it comes to WordPress code base. The plug-in architecture and the ins and outs of WordPress platform are all covered here. WordPress Plugin Development also covers different APIs that you can use to enhance the functionality of your WordPress site.

The book will be released on January 30th by Packt Publishing (who else?!). If you want to get your feet wet with plug-in programming for WordPress or you are just a programmer looking to pick up an in demand skill, you should definitely check this book out. But you probably want to read up on your PHP if you are rusty or fairly new to it.

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November 6th in Wordpress Books by .

WordPress Entrepreneur: How to Setup, Customize & Use a WordPress Website

Folks often ask me, “what can I do to learn WordPress fast and to a level that I can be dangerous?” In reality, there is a lot to learn by just installing or playing with a WordPress.com account. WordPress is an intuitive content management system that is designed to make it convenient for folks with minimal technical knowledge to run sophisticated blogs. In addition, there are tons of plug-ins out there that do almost anything you want to do to yor WordPress blog.

In addition, there are a lot of books out there that teach you the ins and outs of different flavors of WordPress (MU, .com, .org). I personally don’t believe you should go for those books. The book that I usually recommend for folks who are looking for a crash course is WordPress Entrepreneur.

WordPress Entrepreneur is designed with entrepreneurs in mind. When you start your own business, you can’t afford to waste too much time on matters that are not a part of your core competency. An Entrepreneur is not a programmer, and the goal is not to learn WordPress inside and out. You want to know enough to be dangerous. WP Entrepreneur is a book that teaches you how to install, run, and optimize your WordPress plug-ins without too much fuss. You can literally finish the book in less than a couple of hours and know enough about WordPress to be dangerous. This book shows you how to install themes, plug-ins, and also how to import and export posts with your WordPress site. At the end of the day, it does what it promises. It provides a crash course for folks who do not have the luxury of time. Should you get it? It really depends. If you are an entrepreneur, and you want to learn WordPress fast, then you should try this book, but if you want a write a thesis on WordPress, then you may want to look elsewhere.

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