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WordPress For Dummies, Second Edition

WordPress For Dummies was published in November 2007.  It covers WordPress.Com, WordPress.Org (up to version 2.3.3) and WordPress MU.  WordPress For Dummies remains in the Top 5 books on Blogging at Amazon.com and continues to sell at an amazing rate!

In March, 2008, WordPress released version 2.5 – which was quickly followed by version 2.5.1.  Along with that, WordPress.Com received quite an upgrade, as well!  Version 2.6 is anticipated for a July/August release.

This put us (myself and Wiley Publishing) in a quandary about the book.  The 2.5 release brought with it some pretty major changes that rendered the first edition of WordPress For Dummies outdated.  The first release still covers all the basics – – many of the options, settings and instructions are still 98% relevant – however, the look and feel of WordPress has changed so drastically.  The screenshots in the first edition are relevant to version 2.3.3 – which is quite a bit different than how the WordPress Dashboard looks in 2.5.x – – which may confuse a lot of new users.  They may be using version 2.5, and if they are looking at the first edition of WordPress For Dummies – they may think they are using completely different software!

Wiley Publishing decided it was time for the second edition of WordPress For Dummies – which I am currently in the midst of writing and is due to be published in Fall ’08.

The book will be a little bit different this time around.  In the first edition, I covered all three versions of WordPress:  the hosted version of WordPress.com, the self-hosted version of WordPress.org and the Multi-user version of WordPress MU.  It also covered basic information on plugins and themes.

This time around, I am concentrating only on WordPress.com and WordPress.org.  WordPress MU will not be covered in the second edition to make room for more in-depth information about themes, CSS, design and plugins.

I’m really excited to be involved in this project and looking forward to the release of WordPress For Dummies, Second Edition!

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WordPress for Dummies: WordPress MU

I have one day left to finish up the WordPress for Dummies book!  On one hand, it seems like I’ve been working on this project forever!  On the other hand, it seems like just yesterday that I signed the Contract with Wiley Publishing.  Wow!

I had the fortunate opportunity today to conduct and interview with Andrew Billits of WPMUDev.Org on his involvement with WordPress MU.  The interview will appear in the book.  Andrew provided a fantastic ‘real world’ perspective on the pros, cons and challenges you face when running a WordPress MU blogging community.  Thanks, Andrew!

The book covers the 3 major ‘flavors’ of WordPress:  .Com, .Org and MU.  I’m so excited to be wrapping up this project – and even more excited to see it finally published this summer!

WordPress for Dummies – PreSale Information

WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, available for sale on Amazon.comWordPress for Dummies is now available on Amazon.com – for advanced sales. The book is not scheduled for release until Summer of ’07 – but you can purchase it now, or add it to your Amazon Wish List!

It’s really amazing how fast time flies when you’re having fun! I’m not yet completely finished with the book – – but will be in about 2 weeks from today. It’s been 5 long months of some really hard work, putting this book together. I’m excited to be finished with it . . and a little nervous, to be honest, to finally have it on the shelves!

1 month countdown

One month to go until my final book deadline.  Can she do it?

 A better question is – can she do it without developing an ulcer?

Time will tell.

Revisiting Here

I started this WP.com blog over a year ago – made a couple of posts and then promptly forgot about it.  How’s that for dedication and stick-to-itness?  Actually, I just got too busy with my  job and my other job – things just kind of burst forward at warp speed – I forgot about this.

Exciting news is that I signed a contract last month with Wiley Publishing to author the “WordPress for Dummies” book.   They have me on a pretty rigid writing schedule that has me 100% finished with the book by April with a release date anticipated for August 2007.  I’m pretty jazzed about this and have made much progress so far.

The book will be covering the three main aspects of WordPress:

  • The hosted version at WordPress.com
  • The self-hosted, self-installed version of WordPress
  • WordPress MU (Multiple User)

So far, I have the introduction, the final table of contents and one chapter completed.  It’s moving along pretty smoothly, so far – and I think it will go along pretty nicely until I get to the MU portion – – then watch me sweat.  Heh.  There’s just such an abundance of information related to the use of WordPress, my fear is being too wordy – so I’m trying to pare it down to a logical presentation of very pertinent information and go from there.

In every ‘for Dummies’ book, in the end of the books, there is always what they call the ‘Chapter of Tens” which includes lists of top ten .. stuff.  In this case, I’m including the top ten WordPress plugins, top ten WordPress Themes (free themes that are made available for download to the WP public), top ten WordPress blogs – with a focus on sites that use WP in very innovative and inspiring ways (i.e. not ‘out of the box’ type stuff) and top ten WordPress resources on the web (excluding the usual Codex, Support Forums, etc that will be included in earlier chapters about WordPress documentation,  itself.)

I’m thinking of doing posts later in the process to gain some feedback from WP users on their favorite plugins, themes and resources – though, I do already have ideas of my own on where users can find these things.  Lorelle will surely make it in the top ten resources, Alex offered a phone chat with me to discuss some of his more popular and useful plugins and as for themes… there are so many great ones to choose from, I will need to spend some serious time going through them all to choose a list of tens for the theme chapter.

I posted about the book deal on my personal blog when I was finally able to make the announcement after the ink was dry on the contract.  The folks at Wiley have been great so far – – very helpful and encouraging. 

I did start a companion blog for the book.  It’s a protected blog, for now.  Mostly I’m using it to organize myself, keep notes, lists, things to do.. etc, etc.  I’ve protected the blog because it does contain information on the books content – chapters, content, text, etc that I don’t think the publishers really want published publicly, at least until the book is released.  Maybe I’ll be able to open it to the public at that time – and perhaps, by then, the blog will be an interesting conversation with myself on the whole process of writing the book – who knows?  Or, when all is said and done – I just back it up, archive it on my local machine and dump it – time will tell.

As for this blog – I’d like to start using it again to keep design notes on things I find, resources, inspirations, etc – so hopefully this time I won’t forget that it’s here!  Heh.

 Happy New Year!