A few weeks ago I got my hands on the latest WordPress book to hit the (electronic) shelves, Client Oriented WordPress Development by Jonathan Christopher. I’ve been following Jonathan’s blog Monday by Noon for a couple of years now, and have grown to expect top notch quality in his writings. The book does not disappoint and it’s definitely the best WordPress book I’ve read this year.
There are quite a number of books for WordPress already available, and for the large part they tackle the following topics:
- How to Use WordPress
- How to Build Themes / Plugins for WordPress
- WordPress Security
Jonathan however takes a completely new angle, and gives his views on an uber-valuable area of WordPress development, that of building websites for your clients. So many of us WordPress developers are daily working with clients in order to build new WordPress sites for them, and we may or may not have a proper process in place for such work. This book goes through the whole process from project planning and filtering clients, up to implementation details and tips for WordPress. I’ve realised that many of the informal processes I use with my team are also used by Jonathan, however I also picked up a few tips along the way, which I will definitely include in the next projects.
Another bonus is that when you buy the book you will also get access to a discussion forum, where the chapter’s contents can be discussed with the author directly and with other WordPress developers who have bought the book. I like this idea from a business point of view too. It would be cool for other WordPress experts to publish a book about a particular topic and then build a community through forums. I can think of WordPress SEO and Hosting/Server Setups as two other possible niches.
The full book is 160 pages long and is available in DRM-free ePub (iBooks), PDF, and Kindle formats. Each purchase can be used by the purchaser on any number of devices. Jonathan is offering a free one chapter sample on the site, for anyone who would like to take a sneak peek.
As a WordPress developer, there are many reasons this book will be helpful. The topics covered will help you to:
- Better strategize your client projects from the initial inquiry forward
- Learn to use WordPress as a tool as much as it is a CMS
- Better implement WordPress to cater towards client needs
- Get an in-depth look at a WordPress workflow from the inside out
- Access to a customer-only knowledge sharing forum
For the price of $13.99, I really recommend that you go out and get this book if you’re a WordPress developer. You will certainly pick up a few tips that will help you polish your own process.
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