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BuddyPress For Dummies

by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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I first started with the authors book on Wordpress and was led astray by the glowing reviews of those who had said they had read her book. After reading this, I am left to think that no one really reads Sabin-Wilson unless they have no clue about using a computer and web software. Further in this book, it is very clear that it should never have been published.

The author even knows she should have delayed her efforts. A dozen times throughout she cites how the software, Buddypress is due for an update that will integrate with Wordpress much more seamlessly and change everything that she is showing how to do. It would have cut or changed 1/3rd of the book. And she knew it was just a few months away from when she was writing. It is in effect now, and probably was before the book was published.

An editor or the author could have done a lot to make this a useful tool. Instead all the use of the book can be found on the official Buddypress site. I tried to use examples of plugins that the author shows, and found that she leaves off before showing how they in fact work. Thus when they did not work for me, and forced me to search elsewhere for solutions, again i saw that the author is actually making us more dumb by using her book, instead of making us better users, which is what the Dummy series has always been about.

Stay away from this book. It is an outdated resource. It has broken links for her examples are not followed through. You can do better for free at the Buddypress site. Lisa Sabin Wilson, I shall not read your books again. ( )
  DWWilkin | Jun 11, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0470568011, Paperback)

Use BuddyPress to create the ultimate site experience

BuddyPress is a suite of free WordPress plugins and themes, each adding a distinct new feature. It contains all the features you would expect from WordPress, but it aims to let members socially interact. With this fun and friendly guide, you'll learn how to customize BuddyPress so that it matches the style of your Web site.

You'll walk through the necessary steps for modifying and customizing BuddyPress themes and you'll discover how to extend BuddyPress through the use of addons and plugins. With BuddyPress, you'll be well on your way to creating the ultimate user experience on your site.Shows you how to set up the WordPress foundation required to run BuddyPressWalks you through installing BuddyPress on a WordPress-powered siteExplains the different BuddyPress components, including extended profiles, private messaging, friends, groups, the wire, activity streams, blog tracking, status updates, and moreDetails ways to troubleshoot BuddyPress once it is up and runningDemonstrates how to extend BuddyPress through the use of addons and plugins

Bring all your social community subscriptions together in BuddyPress!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:15 -0400)

Here's how to get BuddyPress up and running on your WordPress web site! Learn to use its free tools and themes to host a social network devoted to your pet projects, right on your site.

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