Created in 2003, WordPress is a platform that is still essential today to design fully functional quality websites. Indeed, this open-source CMS offers a multitude of options to personalize websites as much as possible. Here is a list of the 10 essential books that help to learn and use WordPress at best.
1. Create your websites with WordPress – 100% practical
Constituting the 3rd edition, this work is aimed at all those who wish to learn to use WordPress or to master it more. This book includes practical methods that allow readers to progress considerably in creating websites. The author has integrated downloadable digital resources that will help readers use the manual effectively. Written in an easy to understand style, the book is rich with useful information and valuable advice.
2. WordPress 5 – A CMS to create and manage blogs and websites
Through this book, readers will learn the basics of WordPress, this popular platform. This book has been designed to guide readers to create their own website or blog. The author begins by explaining how to install WordPress on the machine. Readers learn how to manage articles using the new Gutenberg editor. It is also in this book that readers will learn how to personalize websites.
3. WordPress – Develop with PHP
This book is intended for developers with knowledge of PHP. The author wrote it to help readers gain a better understanding of the use of WordPress and the development of extensions in PHP. Several examples are presented in the book to better illustrate the explanations. The author guides readers in learning how WordPress works. An entire chapter is devoted to theme creation and advanced features of the CMS.
4. Practical work with WordPress
“Practical work with WordPress” is a book that guides readers to create their own websites. The book is divided into four main parts: installing the CMS, creating the site, improving the site and learning the different types of sites. The first part explains the basics of being able to create a site. In addition to creating sites, readers will also learn how to create a blog and an online store.
5. WordPress for Dummies
For anyone interested in site creation, but still new to the subject, this book is ideal. The book is organized into 11 chapters in total. The chapters are arranged so that learning is progressive. Readers will learn in the first chapters about the place WordPress holds in today’s world. With this tool, even amateurs will be able to familiarize themselves with this CMS which is gaining more and more popularity.
6. Optimize your WordPress SEO
Published by Daniel Roch, this book on natural referencing gives the best advice so that a WordPress site has more visibility. To appear in the first pages of Google, a site must meet certain criteria of relevance. The author explains the basic settings, and gives tips for optimizing the content of the site. Readers will also learn how to choose keywords. This book will be of great help to developers of sites wishing to improve their SEO.
7. All the secrets of wp-config.php
One of the most essential files in installing WordPress is the wp-config.php file. Only a handful of people decide to edit it manually. However, this improves performance, data tables, but also security. The author has tested all of the PHP constants and has compiled 160 of them in this book. The author pointed out that this book is not just for developers, as editing the wp-config.php file has many advantages.
8. WordPress and WooCommerce
The author shows through this book the amazing performance of the WordPress alliance with WooCommerce. The manual instructs readers on the installation of these two platforms on the machine under Windows or MacOS. The author explains the management of the structure. Once the structure is well organized, readers will be able to customize the display of the store themselves. A chapter is dedicated to the migration of the locally developed shop to an online host.
9. Blog it yourself!
“Blog it yourself” was written by the three bloggers of Do it Yvette. They decided to write this book to help novices create a successful blog. Given the undeniable success of their blog, the authors wanted to share their knowledge in the field. Readers will find in this book the key points for creating a good blog. Some of the things to look out for are design, animation, and monetization.
10. Use your blog well
Comprising 207 pages, this book encourages readers to develop their WordPress blog at best. But in his book, Stéphane Briot addresses more specifically individual entrepreneurs as well as VSEs. An essential manual for the self-employed, it is structured in 10 chapters detailing everything you need to know about blogging. In addition to these chapters, the book also includes valuable SEO tips with a focus on SEO.