Best WordPress, Web Design & Web Development Books to Read in 2019

Steve Allen

Want to master WordPress and become a confident web developer?

Or maybe you want to touch up on your WordPress knowledge to manage your own website…

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, web design and development languages like HTML, CSS, and server-side languages.

Books at a Glance

Book NameUS LinkUK Link
WordPress ExplainedCheck US PriceCheck UK Price
WordPress for Beginners 2019 by Dr. Andy WilliamsCheck US PriceCheck UK Price
WordPress for Beginners 2019 by Joseph EmersonCheck US PriceCheck UK Price
WordPress All-In-One For Dummies (2019 Release)Check US PriceCheck UK Price
WordPress All-in-One For Dummies (2017 Release)Check US PriceCheck UK Price
HTML, CSS & JavaScript Web Publishing in One Hour a DayCheck US PriceCheck UK Price
WordPress Plugin Development CookbookCheck US PriceCheck UK Price
Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScriptCheck US PriceCheck UK Price

The Best WordPress and Web Development Books for 2019

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: 7th November 2017

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.

Be aware that this is slightly more outdated than some of the other books on this list. It was released near the end of 2017 when WordPress was updated to version 4.9 so don’t expect any mention of the new Gutenberg editor released in version 5.0.

WordPress for Beginners 2019: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering WordPress

Release Date: 19th October 2018

A more up-to-date book titled WordPress for Beginners 2019 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.

Dr. Williams also has his own website where you can turn to if you want further support and he has a course on Udemy if you want a more interactive learning experience.

WordPress for Beginners 2019: Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Own WordPress Website for Business or Pleasure

Release Date: 16th December 2018

If you’re looking to get your WordPress website up and running fast then this could be the book for you. It’s fairly short consisting of only 72 pages, Joseph Emerson’s book of the same title as the last book is more an quickstart guide rather than am in-depth tutorial.

Emerson’s book covers the basics of WordPress like settings and customizations, different types of hosting, how to design your home page, how to get the most out of plugins and the most important pages you need for your website.

If you already have some basic knowledge of WordPress and just want a quick guide of setting up your website then this is the perfect book for you.

WordPress All-In-One For Dummies

Release Date: 26th April 2019 (Not Yet Released – Pre-Order Available)

If you haven’t lived under a rock for the past 30 years then you’ve probably seen at least one “For Dummies” book. If you’ve ever had the chance to read any then you’ll know how much information they pack into each one.

This particular WordPress All-In-One for Dummies written by Lisa Sabin-Wilson is the 4th edition of the book which will be released this year in April.

If you can’t wait that long then check out the 3rd edition below.

WordPress All-in-One For Dummies

Release Date: 5th May 2017

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 2017 and although it’s now a couple years 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 page! 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.

Just a reminder though that as this edition was released prior to the release of Gutenberg, you might want to wait until the 4th edition comes out in April 2019 if it’s important for you to learn about WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg.

HTML, CSS & JavaScript Web Publishing in One Hour a Day, Sams Teach Yourself: Covering HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery (7th Edition)

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.

HTML, CSS & JavaScript Web Publishing in One Hour a Day has you covered with creating web pages, structuring your pages with HTML, using images, designing forms, styling your site with CSS, and covering some basics on Javascript and jQuery.

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.

Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript

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.

Whether it’s just WordPress you’re developing for or you’d like to create your own web apps then the book simpley titled, Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript will give you a thorough understanding.

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