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Book Review: WordPress MU 2.8

WordPress MU 2.8Since I haven’t ventured off into the world of WordPress MU yet, I was quite anxious to get my hands on Lesley A. Harrison’s WordPress MU 2.8 (Beginner’s Guide) book.  I have finished reading this book and I would like to share some of my thoughts about the book.

Overview

This isn’t much of an introduction to WordPress MU, but more so a guide on how to build your own blog network, social network, or community using WordPress MU.  There are also chapters with good techniques that can also be used on any other platforms (in other words, non-WordPress-MU-specific tips).

The book walks you step-by-step through how to create a mythical community site called “SlayerCafe”.  During the process, it shows you everything from finding the right host, installing/customizing WordPress MU to driving traffic to your site and monetizing your site.
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Book Review: WordPress Plugin Development

WordPress Plugin Development Book CoverWhen I told one of my friends that I am reading Vladimir Prelovac’s WordPress Plug-in Development (Beginner’s Guide), I got the following response from him:

Just what we need… more beginners developing insecure wordpress applications. As-if it isn’t already the #1 hacked application on the Internet…

I completely disagree with this statement.  A book like this will help the WordPress community more than harm it.  Everybody has to start somewhere right?  How else better than to start with a beginner’s guide that shows you the proper way to code a WordPress plugin (with security in mind)?  I have finished reading this book and I am quite excited to share some insights. Read on…