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At the 2014 State of the Word, Matt Mullenweg, founder of the WordPress project, pointed out that 7,539, or 25%, of 33k survey respondents indicated that they make their living off of WordPress.
There’s an obvious need for educational resources within the WordPress ecosystem — there are currently blogs, books, videos, and entire business models focused solely on WordPress education. This week we decided to spotlight the book Professional WordPress, along with an interview with one of the authors, Brad Williams.
In 2010, Hal Stern, David Damstra, and Brad Williams came together to write a book on the internals of the WordPress system, appropriately entitled Professional WordPress: Design and Development. The book subsequently became the highest rated advanced WordPress book on Amazon.
Now, five years later, the third edition of Professional WordPress has been released — which has been updated to align with WordPress 4.1, and provides an in-depth look into the most current features of the software.
Torque: Who would you describe as the target audience of this book? Is it for people who have just built one WordPress site, full time web developers, or someone else?
Brad Williams: The primary audience is the developer or designer that wants to increase their skills in WordPress development. Whether you can hack at a WordPress site, or truly understand proper WordPress development practices, this book has something for you. The book is written by programmers for programmers, so it really digs into the meat of how WordPress works and how you can extend it to build any type of website imaginable.
Professional WordPress is the highest rated advanced WordPress book on Amazon since the original release back in 2010.
Torque: What’s new in edition 3? Anything exciting you got to add? Anything that previously annoyed you that developers don’t have to worry about anymore?
Brad Williams: The Third Edition of Professional WordPress features two brand chapters: WordPress as an Application Framework and Migrating to WordPress. These chapters cover some hot topics around WordPress today. Every single chapter in this edition has been updated and is current to WordPress 4.1.
Torque: Now that you have several books under your belt, what’s your favorite part about publishing a work like this?
Brad Williams: My favorite part is easily the people I meet who have read and learned from my books. I met a gentlemen at WordCamp Europe who thanked me for getting him a job, thanks to the Multisite chapter in the book. He read the chapter in preparation for a job interview and was offered the position! That was an amazing story to hear and one I’m super proud of.
WordPress Professional is available on Amazon. It is a great way and affordable way to increase your skills in WordPress development.
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