My favorite WordPress books

My favorite WordPress books

A quick review of some of my favorite WordPress books!

I already mentioned most of these in my recent post about learning WordPress, but here’s what I learned and other information about why they were helpful.

I typically enjoy reading books that are in a reference style, so it’s not only easier to skip around the first time, but I can come back later and find what I need easily.

Digging Into WordPress

Author: Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

This was my first book purchase specifically written about WordPress. It features over 400 pages of practical information about WordPress, from securing and maintaining your site, to customizing your theme, and more.

One of the coolest parts about this book is its binding, which allows you to lay it completely flat so it will stay open without holding it (which helps while coding).

Professional WordPress: Design and Development

Authors: Brad Williams, Hal Stern, David Damstra

I consider this book my “WordPress bible” because it is a complete explanation, guide, and reference for web design and development using WordPress. Just a few reasons to read it are (via

  • Offers an overview of the WordPress system and describes what happens when a WordPress-generated web page is displayed
  • Demonstrates extending WordPress through plugins and customizing it via themes
  • Combines a developer view of user experience and optimization with the deployment requirements for performance, security, and measurement
  • Includes code downloads and code samples from the book’s website

A Book Apart (Series)

This series of “brief books for people who make websites” is an excellent resource to start learning about current web design trends and technologies. So far I’ve read Responsive Web Design (Ethan Marcotte), Design Is A Job (Mike Monteiro), and Design For Real Life (Eric Meyer & Sara Wachter-Boettcher).

They are continually adding new books to the series, and they also make great gifts! 😉

Others Worth Mentioning

  • Designing with Web Standards (Jeffrey Zeldman)
  • Don’t Make Me Think (Steve Krug)
  • CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions (Simon Collison)

Got any other suggestions to add to my list?