Book review: WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition


It has been my experience that even experts in a field sometimes need a refresher in the basics. Either the fundamentals have changed since they were students or there are minor details that they never need to know before. Sometimes you just need to go back to school.

Just as important are the subjects it doesn’t cover.

WordPress For Dummies, by Lisa Sabin-Wilson is the perfect primer for WordPress. Between the iconic yellow covers are the integral basics everyone should know but maybe didn’t learn. I have never had the need to really dig in and learn about, setting up a MU network or importing a site from Blogger, but it’s all in there. And I know I’m not the only one who has had a client ask a basic question that just stumped them. This is the perfect go-to resource for those situations.

This is also a great book to suggest to clients. It can turn a novice into a capable user pretty quickly without going into advanced topics that might result in a 3am phone call because they broke their site. Advanced users might scoff at the sections on “Uploading and using images…” or “Setting your profile…” but these are important basics that one might gloss over when introducing a newcomer to the world of WordPress.

Just as important are the subjects it doesn’t cover. There are no advanced chapters that will make your clients eyes haze over. It seems the author, Sabin-Wilson, intentionally kept PHP references, and any mention of editing files to a complete minimum.

No one wants to be caught buying or reading a “For Dummies” book that deals with their profession but this one might be worth the risk. Because it is a “For Dummies” book the writing is very lighthearted, instructions are listed step by step and there are heaps of screenshots and URLs. WordPress For Dummies holds your hand and shows you the fundamentals rather than lecturing you.

It makes you comfortable learning, even if it is something you feel you should have known already. Because of that it deserves a place in your WordPress library.

WPCandy rated this 4 mints

This review was written using the Kindle version of WordPress for Dummies 3rd Edition.

6 thoughts on “Book review: WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition

  1. Eric, thanks for the thoughtful and thorough review of WordPress For Dummies. If no one wants to be caught reading a Dummies book for their profession – – what does that say about the person caught writing it? haha! 🙂


  2. Is there a book that is equally as informative for more advanced theme designers / developers? Something that breaks down how to manipulate wordpress to create great themes? Something that breaks down the later versions of wordpress?

    • The WordPress All In One book due to be released this month covers more advanced topics than the For Dummies book. Also, another book coming in May called WordPress Web Design For Dummies is specific to design and theme creation. (disclaimer: I wrote both 🙂

  3. I wish I would have had this book a few months ago as I struggled to learn WordPress. I will definitely
    be checking out The WordPress All In One book.

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