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WordPress MU 2.8 Beginner’s Guide Reviews

The first set of reviews for my book, the WordPress MU 2.8 Beginner’s Guide, have started trickling in.

They’ve been mostly positive so far.  There’s been a couple of things pointed out (such as a plugin conflict that went un-noticed in testing) that I’ll raise with the publisher in case they decide to make a second edition.

I hope to work on another book for Packt in the future, so it’s great to learn what people liked, and what they didn’t.

Here’s a sampling of the reviews:

WP-Toy.com

Omninogin

The Open Sourcerer

FiddyP

Thanks to all the reviewers for taking the time to read and write about the book!

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Joomla 1.5 Customization by Daniel Chapman

Joomla 1.5 Customization - I worked as a technical reviewer on this book.

Joomla 1.5 Customization

This is just a quick plug for the book ‘Joomla 1.5 Customization‘ by Daniel Chapman, which is due out next month.  I worked as a technical reviewer on the book, and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished version!

Throughout the book, Daniel explains how to create a premium membership site.  He does a good job of taking a clean install of Joomla and turning it into a fast, attractive, and useful site.

I’ve used Joomla on several of my client’s sites, and for some online gaming clan sites.  It’s a great CMS, but one thing I’ve noticed is that when I hand over the site to my clients / guildmasters / clan leaders, they’re confused by the admin panel, and by things like ‘components’, and ‘modules’.  I’ll be recommending Joomla 1.5 Customization to my clients in the future – the focus of the book may be on building a site from scratch, but I think existing site owners will benefit from the way Daniel breaks down the CMS into nice, easy to understand chunks.