Christmas Reading For The WordPress Developer

Christmas Reading For The WordPress Developer

Perhaps you are still rushing around doing last-minute Christmas shopping. Or maybe you scoff at the idea that the 22nd is “last minute” – after all, there are still two days until Christmas Eve!

Either way, inspiration is often hard to come by. If you are searching for gift inspiration for a WordPress developer (or if you feel like treating yourself), you are in the right place. Any WordPress designer can benefit from one or more of the books below.

WordPress BibleWordPress Bible

It is a bold claim for any book to be labelled a “bible”. But this has a good stab at it – with 744 pages to trawl through, you won’t be finishing it in a hurry. The WordPress Bible is pretty comprehensive – starting with an introduction to the principles of blogging itself, and taking you through to plugins, widgets, hooks, and so on.

This book was most recently updated in April 2011, so it won’t cover some of the more recent updates of WordPress, but this is as good a place to start as any for a foundational understanding of WordPress.

Professional WordPress Plugin DevelopmentProfessional WordPress Plugin Development

If you know a budding WordPress plugin designer, you have just found the perfect gift. This book, written by three well-respected plugin developers, is a great introduction to the principles of WordPress plugin development.

It isn’t for the faint-hearted though – it is aimed at developers, not novices. But then, if you are interested in plugin development, you’re not likely to be a novice, are you?

Introducing HTML 5Introducing HTML 5

If you want to develop cutting-edge sites in WordPress, you should have a solid knowledge of HTML 5. Its features set the standard for cutting-edge web development.

We’ve come a long way since the deprecated tags of yore (who remembers grappling with tables to produce layouts?), and HTML 5 defines, in part, the brave new world of web development. If you are already comfortable with HTML and would like to know how you can take web development to the next level, this is a great place to start.

The Book of CSS3: A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web DesignThe Book of CSS3: A Developer’s Guide to the Future of Web Design

There are many reasons to study CSS3 – it is cleaner and easier to maintain, and it allows you to design sites that react to the reader’s device of choice. Also, it allows you to some pretty sexy-looking stuff without having to resort to dubious image placement and so on.

For someone who already has a solid foundational understanding of HTML and CSS, this is the next step in creating beautiful websites.

Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web UsabilityDon’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

I look at many websites and know that they have never even heard of this book. I bought it over 5 years ago and it was a revelation for me – and in 2011, the principles in this book are sound.

It is focused upon the principles of building “sticky” and intuitive websites, rather than more transient topics, and so stands the test of time well.

Creating websites that don’t frighten users is a rather useful skill for any web developer, and this book is as good a resource as any.

Interaction Of ColorInteraction Of Color

This is way out of left field, just to make sure that you are still paying attention.

Color is a powerful tool for any web developer. From design features to copywriting, color plays a major role. Understanding what works and what doesn’t is invaluable for anyone working with websites.

Whilst this book is intended for artists, it serves equally well for web developers.

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Five Simple StepsBonus Recommendation – Five Simple Steps

I had to include a link to this publishing house, because their books are just so damned sexy, and make a great Christmas present for any self-respecting web developer. Unfortunately, shipping times are not likely to be in your favor, so it would have to be a late Christmas present, but it would be worth waiting for.

Over To You!

Do you have any Christmas reading suggestions for the discerning WordPress developer? Let us know in the comments section!

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Comments (2)

  1. I would love to get these for Xmas, but I won’t. Had you mentioned them earlier…… ; )

    I’ll have to bookmark this. I’m interested in each of these. I may have to pony up for them myself.

    Thanks & Happy Holidays!

    ~ Corey