WordPress For Dummies 4th Edition with 5 BONUS Themes

WordPress For Dummies 4th Edition with BONUS Themes

This summer, I finished writing the 4th Edition of my WordPress For Dummies book (John Wiley & Sons) and it covers up to WordPress version 3.2.  This time around my editor, Amy Fandrei and I decided to do something a little different with this release, to offer my readers a bit more value that what they’ve been used to with previous editions of the book.  This time around – aside from the usual value of updated content that reflects the latest version of the content management system we all know and love (WordPress, duh!) – you also get to put your hands on 3 bonus chapters (downloadable from Dummies.com in PDF format) and FIVE free WordPress themes that you can download and start using immediately on your sites (or use them to learn from by peeking at the code: CSS, HTML, WordPress tags, etc).

WordPress For Dummies 4th Edition with 5 Bonus Free WordPress ThemesReaders will find a special code within the content of the book that they can use to access the theme downloads.  A brief summary of the themes:

Blue Jeans - a free WordPress theme designed by Lisa Sabin-Wilson for WordPress For Dummies 4th EditionBlue Jeans

A 2-column theme designed with a blue jeans textured background and elements,  designed by the author of WordPress For Dummies, Lisa Sabin-Wilson.  This theme supports standard WordPress features such as: Post Thumbnails, Custom Header, Custom Background, Menus, Widgets, Threaded Comments and more.  This theme also features Google fonts, a magazine front page layout, Sidebar and Footer widgets and page templates include: Full Width, Sitemap and Links.

Activate Theme - a free WordPress theme designed by Lisa Sabin-Wilson for WordPress For Dummies 4th EditionActivate

A 2-column theme designed in blue, grey, black with a slight bit of gradient effect and plenty of clean whitespace for content display, designed by the author of WordPress For Dummies, Lisa Sabin-Wilson.  This theme supports standard WordPress features such as: Post Thumbnails, Custom Header, Custom Background, Menus, Widgets, Threaded Comments and more.  This theme also features Google fonts, a magazine front page layout, Sidebar and Footer widgets and page templates include: Full Width, Sitemap and Links.

Density Theme a free theme by Matt Danner of iThemes for WordPress For Dummies 4th EditionDensity

A theme designed with the For Dummies look in mind (yellow, black, blue – look familiar??). The Density theme was developed and provided to WordPress For Dummies readers by Matt Danner of iThemes. This theme supports standard WordPress features such as: Post Thumbnails, Custom Header, Custom Background, Menus, Widgets, Threaded Comments and more.  This theme also features Google fonts, a magazine front page layout, Sidebar and Footer widgets and page templates include: Full Width, Archives and Links.

Tumble Theme by Organic Themes a free WordPress Tumblr theme for WordPress For Dummies 4th EditionTumble Free

A one-column Tumblr-like theme for WordPress provided to readers of WordPress For Dummies (4th Ed.) by my good friends, Jeff and David, at Organic Themes.  This theme supports post formats in WordPress and standard features such as: Post Thumbnails, Custom Header, Custom Background, Menus, Widgets, Threaded Comments and more.   Other options include easy video handling and social media sharing features.

Splash! a free WordPress theme by Lisa Sabin-Wilson for WordPress For Dummies 4th EditionSplash!

A 2-column theme designed with a fun and colorful paint splash background and design elements,  designed by the author of WordPress For Dummies, Lisa Sabin-Wilson.  This theme supports standard WordPress features such as: Post Thumbnails, Custom Header, Custom Background, Menus, Widgets, Threaded Comments and more.  This theme also features Google fonts, a magazine front page layout, Sidebar and Footer widgets and page templates include: Full Width, Sitemap and Links.

WordPress For Dummies, 4th Edition is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com and is due for release in October 2011. Thank you for reading and I really hope you enjoy the free themes and bonus content this time around!

23 Responses to “WordPress For Dummies 4th Edition with BONUS Themes”

  1. Brenda says:

    The introduction of bonus themes seems like a great feature to an already useful resource. However, I find the choice of “Stunning Pose” grapihics rather perplexing in the 21st century.

  2. Brenda says:

    I understand that they are only placeholders but am surprised by this, presumbly well considered, selection of promo graphic. I’ve never associated your work with Sports Illustrated style objectification.

    • I don’t know, Brenda – the photo is of a fully clothed woman’s fashion model…not sure where the “Sports Illustrated style objectification” comes in .. guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. Thanks for the visit!

    • Kirsten Kizziar says:

      Sorry, but this made me LOL so I had to say something- there is nothing remotely “Sports Illustrated”-esque about it- the woman is shown from the neck up. From all the SI issues that I’ve seen, the women are wearing bikinis…. or less. I don’t know how a woman’s face can be offensive, unless you’re used to seeing women in burkas…

  3. oh my goodness, an answer to my prayers – and it’s all in ENG-LASH!! Looking forward to it… :)

  4. Damian deLeon says:

    what about for the people that purchased previous versions of the book? do we also get the free themes, or do we have to purchase the newest version? can our current version be “upgraded” online? I registered my book when I bought it.

    Not that I would mind buying it again. Everything I have learned to manage my wordpress site I have learned through your series.

    Thanks,

    Damian deLeon

    • Hi Damian – thanks for stopping by and for reading my book – happy to hear that you’re finding my books helpful!
      My editor and I put out a new version of WordPress For Dummies approximately once every 15-18 months to make sure the book remains up-to-date and relevant to the latest version of WordPress available. To access the bonus themes and bonus content in the 4th Edition, you would have to purchase it, as the themes are not available with earlier editions of the book. Many thanks!

  5. pamela says:

    Lisa, Really looking forward to the release of this book. I am working my way through your WordPress Web Design For Dummies right now, and, wow, what a great resource. Thanks for putting it out there.

    P.S. I see absolutely nothing objectionable or “objectifying” about the place holder photo that you chose for the themes. Some people can find a cloud in any silver lining. Keep up the good work.

    • Pamela – thanks for stopping by and I am thrilled to hear that my WordPress Web Design For Dummies book is a resource you are finding helpful. I really enjoyed writing it!

      P.S. also glad to hear I’m not the only one who doesn’t find the place hold photo offensive :)

  6. AlsoLisa says:

    Just wondering, I’m a student reading your book through the educational license with Safari Online. I looked through the book, but I didn’t see the password info to get the free templates. Is that online available if you purchase the “real” book from one of those “real” bookstores (you know, the ones filing bankruptcy..lol)?

    And just for the record, I object because that model is pretty. Please only use ugly women, then I’ll feel better about myself. Thx. ;)

    Lisa

    • @AlsoLisa – the themes are not yet released and will be available with the 4th Edition of my WordPress For Dummies book (which should be available in October/November of this year).

      And thanks for the comment about the model – I’ll try and keep your recommendation in mind next time! :)

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  13. Tobias says:

    Hello,
    i have bought your book “WordPress for Dummies 4th Edition” and i want to download your free themes but i can not find the page where the username and password is. Can you tell me the page, pls.

    Thx
    Tobias

  14. Mike says:

    Hey Lisa,

    I’m currently reading your 2nd edition of WordPress for Dummies. It’s great and thank you.

    I have a suggestion. (If you’ve already corrected this in later additions, I apologize in advance.) I suggest defining the term “markup” in Chapter 9 (image alignment). I consider myself a pretty educated guy, but had no idea what this term meant in this context. I thought it might refer to the border around the images and/or captions. Once I looked it up online I was like, “Oh, duh.”

    Actually, just in general, once I got to this part of the book, it was like going from 20 mph to 90 mph in a heartbeat. It was all smooth sailing up to here. It’s unclear what a “block level element” is, what “the default markup for the captiontag option is dd” means?, “to have the gallery appear on a line of its own” (as opposed to the captions below?), etc.

    Anyway, just trying to help and this comment is meant positively.

    The book’s a great help.

    Mike

  15. Anny says:

    Oh, that’s for me!!! thanks!!!

  16. Mike Scully says:

    Hi Lisa. I am working my way thru wp for Dummies v4. I’m keen to use wp as a cms but the URL for the bonus chapter seems to be out of date. Any suggestion? Thanks. Mike