The recent release of WordPress 3.0 has seen this humble platform jump forward leaps and bounds. Whilst in it's early days it was easy to dismiss WordPress as nothing more than a simple (but very good) blogging platform. It only took a small scratch under the surface to realise that this wasn't the case. WordPress' source of pride has always been an impressive engine under the hood. Those with a little amount of know how and elbow grease were able to produce impressive large scale web sites, with full content management capabilities at the clients fingertips. It was not long before WordPress became the web developers choice, whilst also going on to influence the visual landscape of the web itself.

WordPress is the perfect self publishing platform for any small business websites that doesn't need extensive functionality and work flow some larger organisations may require. If you run a small business or operate from home the WordPress could be the perfect solution for you.

With the most recent release, WordPress has not been keen to rest on its laurels. Version 3.0 not only boasts the addition of some much needed features and improvements, but also makes it even easier to produce and maintain highly flexible websites, whilst giving the client more control over the look and behavior of their website.

Learning to use WordPress has always been a breeze. It's user friendly interface and logical layout makes it simple enough for even someone with the smallest amount of experience in web development to snap together a fully functional website in minutes. A growing online community at the ready to help out those in need, coupled with the countless resources spread all over the net – there really isn't any excuse not to get your hands dirty with WordPress.

Whilst learning to use WordPress can be generally done with minimal time, if you are serious about owning and maintaining a website it's time to get a couple of good books. Our hand picked titles below are not only great reference tools that you will refer back to time and again, but are also highly regarded for being suitable for people with next to little to no experience in using a content management system and managing websites.

Books to Read

WordPress Bible
Aaron Brazell
Wiley

http://www.amazon.com/WordPress-Bible-Aaron-Brazell/dp/0470568135/ref=sr\_1\_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1287533566&sr=8-5

"Whether you're a casual blogger or programming pro, this comprehensive guide covers WordPress from the basics through advanced application development. Learn how to use custom plugins and themes, retrieve data, maintain security, use social media, and modify your blog without changing any core code."

Beginning WordPress 3 (Expert's Voice In Web Development)
Stephanie Leary
Apress

http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-WordPress-Experts-Voice-Development/dp/1430228954/ref=pd\_sim\_b\_6

"This book is for first-time users, designers, and developers of online content, blogs, and content management systems.

Head First WordPress: A Brain-Friendly Guide To Creating Your Own Custom WordPress Blog
Jeff Siarto
O'Reilly Media

[http://www.amazon.com/Head-First-WordPress-Brain-Friendly-Creating/dp/0596806280/ref=sr\_1\_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1287533566&sr=8-8](http://codex.wordpress.org. It's an emporium of knowledge straight from the developers themselves.

Websites to Subscribe to

Here is a selection of some of our most favourite sites also worth keeping an eye on. http://sixrevisions.com/wordpress/wordpress-3-0-guide/ WordPress - Ultimate Guide to New Features Already a favourite blog here at PB Web Development, Saad from Six Revisions gives us his run down on the hot features of the WordPress that anyone with a passing interest should know about. http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/wordpress/how-to-create-a-wordpress-theme-from-scratch/ How To Create A WordPress Theme From Scratch A look at how themes are structured, created, and styled to become fully functional websites. http://brassblogs.com/cms-platforms/wordpress/creating-wordpress-themes-introduction. Creating WordPress Themes: Introduction "This new series will begin with the basics – and then I’ll proceed to more advanced techniques. I will also be incorporating different techniques that I’ve picked up from other developers that I’ve found to be extremely handy, and I’ll be providing links and credits to that info as I go along. http://www.webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/complete-wordpress-theme-guide/ A complete WordPress guide on how to install WordPress and customise themes.)

"We think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First WordPress uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep."

Teach Yourself Visually WordPress
Janet Majure
Visual

http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-Visually-WordPress-Majure/dp/047057092X/ref=sr\_1\_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1287533566&sr=8-10
Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something — and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 130 WordPress tasks.

As with any skill, it's always important to keep your chops up to speed with the latest advancements in WordPress, and your appetite wet for design inspiration. Fortunately WordPress has a great online community of user forums already biting at the bit to help out those in need, and some truly excellent online blogs detailing the latest trends and tutorials. The first point of call should always be the WordPress Codex: http://codex.wordpress.org. It's an emporium of knowledge straight from the developers themselves.

Websites to Subscribe to

Here is a selection of some of our most favourite sites also worth keeping an eye on.

http://sixrevisions.com/wordpress/wordpress-3-0-guide/
Wordpress – Ultimate Guide to New Features

Already a favourite blog here at PB Web Development, Saad from Six Revisions gives us his run down on the hot features of the WordPress that anyone with a passing interest should know about.

http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/wordpress/how-to-create-a-wordpress-theme-from-scratch/
How To Create A WordPress Theme From Scratch

A look at how themes are structured, created, and styled to become fully functional websites.


http://brassblogs.com/cms-platforms/wordpress/creating-wordpress-themes-introduction.
Creating WordPress Themes: Introduction**
"This new series will begin with the basics – and then I’ll proceed to more advanced techniques. I will also be incorporating different techniques that I’ve picked up from other developers that I’ve found to be extremely handy, and I’ll be providing links and credits to that info as I go along.

http://www.webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/complete-wordpress-theme-guide/
Complete WordPress theme guide
A complete WordPress guide on how to install WordPress and customise themes.