Design and Development

WordPress is the most popular self-hosted open source website software in use today, and the latest version makes it even simpler to operate. With this new edition, you'll find helpful examples, code downloads, and real-world tips from real-world developers, all of which reflect the current needs of developers. Each chapter has been reworked to provide the most up-to-date and correct methods for developing and designing in WordPress. This book covers WordPress development and design concepts above and beyond version features and provides a foundation for future development as WordPress is updated. This essential resource provides you with all you need to deploy successful WordPress sites.

Professional WordPress, Second Edition:

  • Offers a code overview and provides the most up-to-date advice for working with WordPress locally
  • Highlights custom post types, custom taxonomy, and meta data
  • Features coverage of plugin and theme development
  • Discusses WordPress as a content management system as well as its role in the enterprise and developer community
  • Combines a developer view of user experience and optimization with the deployment requirements for performance, security, and measurement

Brad Williams

Brad Williams is the co-founder of, organizes and speaks at WordPress events, and is the coauthor of Professional WordPress Plugin Development.

David Damstra

David Damstra is the Vice President of Professional Services for CU*Answers, where his team of developers empowers clients with WordPress.

Hal Stern

Hal Stern is a technical consultant with Sun Microsystems, where he specializes in networking, performance tuning, and kernel hacking. Hal earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Princeton University in 1984. Before joining Sun, Hal was a member of the technical staff at Polygen Corporation, developing UNIX-based molecular modelling and chemical information system products. Hal also worked on the Massive Memory Machine project as a member of the Research Staff in Princeton University's Department of Computer Science. His interests include large installation system administration, virtual memory management systems, performance, local and wide-area networking, interactive graphics, applications in financial services, cosmology, and the history of science. Hal is active in the Sun User's Group and has served on the advisory trustee board of the Princeton Broadcasting Service for seven years. Hal and his wife Toby live in Burlington, Massachusetts. At home, Hal enjoys carpentry, jazz music, cooking, and watching the stock market.

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