Want to build your own WordPress website or blog?
Or maybe you’ve already got one and you want to touch up on your WordPress knowledge…
Whatever your reason is to be an experienced WordPress user, learning the ins and outs of building and maintaining a website is a valuable skill to aquire.
This post outlines some of the best books you can read on WordPress to feel more confident running your website, build and grow a blog and even learn some web based languages like HTML and CSS.
Books at a Glance
The Best WordPress and Web Development Books for 2020
Not all the books on this list will be for everyone, that really depends on the level of skill you’d like to achieve but whether you want to learn the basics of installing a simple WordPress site or want to develop complex WordPress plugins, these books will sure get you started.
WordPress Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide to WordPress
Release Date: 2019 Edition
WordPress Explained by Stephen Burge is an all-in-one guide for newbie WordPress users. It covers the basics of understanding how WordPRess works and getting started with creating pages, blog posts, adding widgets and plugins.
It also dives in a little deeper towards the end of the book where you’ll learn how to speed up your WordPress site and install basic security to keeps away any brute force attempts.
Overall, this is a great book to start if you want to know the basics of WordPress.
This is a newer release of the book which covers WordPress 5.0 so it’s Gutenberg ready.
WordPress for Beginners 2020: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering WordPress
Release Date: December 15th 2019
WordPress for Beginners 2020 is written by Dr. Andy Williams. Andy has written several books on WordPress, self-publishing, SEO, and others. If learning about the Gutenberg editor is important for you then this book is a good choice.
It’s a book for the complete novice or for someone who wants to touch up their wordpress knowledge.
You can use it as a workbook where you follow along and create a website from start to finish, or you can choose sections of the book to read that appeal to you to refresh a current site you’re already working on.
The instructions are very well laid out with lots of screenshots so you shouldn’t have trouble finishing the book or getting stuck in any way.
WordPress for Beginners 2020: Learn How to Start Making Money Online with WordPress, and Build Your Own Business with Blogging
Release Date: December 26th 2019
Slightly shorter than most on this list and only available in Kindle format, this WordPress book by James Knight has a focus around blogging and starting an online business. If you’re looking to start a blog and make money online then this could be the book for you.
It’s a detailed guide with step by step instructions which is perfect for beginners. By the time you’ve finished this book, you’ll be able to build your website and blog and understand the key concepts for generating passive income online.
WordPress All-in-One For Dummies
Release Date: April 9th 2019
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is a best selling auhor, speaker and co-owner of WebDevStudios, a web development agency based in Houston, Texas.
This edition of WordPress for Dummies was released in April last year and although it’s nearly a year old it’s certinly packed with everything you need to know about creating websites with WordPress and more.
It truly is an all-in-one superguide with over 850 pages. Even the table of contents takes up 14 of those pages! I would say out of all the books on this list that this one is more suitable for someone who wants to become an expert in the WordPress field, learning more about blogging, SEO, promoting with social media, web design, website security, Google analytics, website maintenance, and much more.
If you want an exhaustive book that covers almost everything there is to know about WordPress then the Dummies series by Lisa is the perfect choice. It’s also up-to-date with Gutenberg too.
Release Date: 10th July 2016
If you want to get into more of the designing of websites rather than just installing and maintaining WordPress then you’ll need a full understanding of front-end web languages.
If you’re anything like me, then one book covering three web languages might not be in-depth enough… *turns to bookshelf with six books on just HTML and CSS* … but, it is definitely a good start for a complete novice and for some people, will do just fine.
WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook: Create powerful plugins to extend the world’s most popular CMS
Release Date: 26th July 2017
If you would like to extend on the functionality of WordPress and create your own plugin, then WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook by Yannick Lefebvre is a great choice.
This book certainly helped me get my head around how WordPress plugins worked and learn what’s possible if you put your mind to it… When it comes to creating WordPress plugins, you really are only limited by your imagination.
The code is based on WordPress 4.x so you may find it slightly outdated. If you have an up-to-date understanding of PHP and other server-side languages though then this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Release Date: 8th June 2018
Here’s that guide that’ll get you up to date with the latest server-side web languages. For anyone wanting to learn how dynamic web applications work including WordPress then this is the book for you.
Become a coder and start creating the future with today’s technology!
If you’re not already familiar with WordPress or website languages then these books will surely help you get started and possibly even help you transition into a brand new career or business venture.
Which book will you be reading this year? Let me know in the comments below.