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The Tao of WordPress

Learn the Way of WordPress

The Tao of WordPress is the complete guide for anyone who wants to succeed with WordPress. This A-to-Z guide is packed with current techniques, practical advice, and plenty of real-world examples to make everything crystal clear. But don’t take my word for it, check out what readers are saying

A to Z

Complete guide covers hosting, software, WordPress, and beyond.


Learn how to customize WordPress easily to create the perfect website.

Here & Now

Learn more in less time with clear writing and concise tutorials.

Bonus Theme

The Tao of WordPress theme showcases WordPress’ best features.

Cutting Edge

Learn about the latest plugins for performance, security, SEO and more.

Go in Style

Absorb clear material with clean layout and easy-to-read typography.

From beginner to intermediate and beyond

If you’re familiar with surfing the Web, you have the experience needed to succeed with WordPress. The Tao of WordPress guides you through the entire process of setting up, finding a good host, configuring, customizing, securing, optimizing, and beyond.

WordPress makes your vision a reality

As the world's number one publishing platform, WordPress has thousands of plugins and themes for creating just about any type of website imaginable. Discover some of the latest and greatest techniques for building awesome sites with WordPress.

  • Learn how to set up, configure and customize WordPress, from start to finish.
  • Unfold the secrets of the Admin Area and learn how to do more with less effort.
  • Learn how to secure your site against spam, bad bots and other threats.
  • Learn how to optimize your site for mobile visitors, search engines and everyone else.
  • Learn how theme templates work and how to customize your site exactly as you want it.
  • Learn how to integrate your site with social media like Twitter, Facebook and Google.
  • Learn how to add chat forums, social networks, bulletin boards, e-commerce sites and more.

WordPress Zen

The Tao of WordPress shows you how to use built-in settings, plugins, and themes to build awesome WordPress-powered sites. Learn how to get the most out of WordPress by using it for what it is, effortlessly and intuitively through the Admin Area. Take the journey, unlock the power of WordPress like a zen master and build anything you can imagine.

Learn more, do more, in less time.

Skip the piecemeal searching and hit-or-miss tutorials. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and learn WordPress in style. The Tao of WordPress takes you on a refreshingly relaxed yet concise journey through every step. Along the way, you’ll learn how to let WordPress work for you. So you can do more in less time.

More signal, less noise, you win.

Every drop of the book is carefully distilled, refined, and 100% focused on WordPress. From the “big picture” down to the smallest detail, The Tao of WordPress explains the steps, tools and techniques required to achieve your goals. Whether you’re a true beginner or experienced user, this book will help boost your skills to the next level.

Chapter Overview

The Tao of WordPress assumes only that you have some basic experience working online. The book begins by helping you get set up with all the right tools and the best possible hosting. From there, you’ll learn how to install, configure, secure, optimize, and customize WordPress to do most anything. Here is an overview of the chapters in the book:

For everyone

The Tao of WordPress is a guide for anyone who wants to rock with WordPress: students, designers, enthusiasts, admins, experts and everyone. To get the most from the book, you should be familiar with surfing and working on the Web. If you have a desire to build awesome sites and succeed with WordPress, this book will help make it a reality.

Learn WordPress in style

Every page is meticulously designed and highly focused on making the most of WordPress. Every lesson is explained in simple steps, with the amount of complex code kept to an absolute minimum. It’s a stylish book with many great features.

The Tao of WordPress begins with the basics and slowly ramps up to more advanced lessons. Along the way, the book provides techniques, tricks & tips, and links to over 500 external resources. You get a complete, continuous journey focusing on WordPress essentials, and learn the best resources for additional options and details.

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Book Features

  • Full color
  • Step-by-step guide
  • Searchable PDF format
  • Copy/paste code examples
  • Lots of sweet diagrams
  • Clear & easy to read
  • 13 chapters / 320 pages
  • 500+ external resources
  • At-a-glance notes
  • Tips & tricks

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Exclusive starter theme

Book purchase includes the Tao of WordPress theme. The Tao theme is lightweight, flexible, responsive, and showcases WordPress’ best features. Includes code for custom backgrounds and headers, featured images, custom post formats, sticky posts, navigation menus, video embeds, Twitter embeds, and much more. Each theme template file contains squeaky clean code with plenty of inline notes and references to useful resources. It’s an ideal tool for learning how to build and customize awesome WordPress themes.