When you are using WordPress there is always more to learn, whether you are a beginner or an advanced user.  Despite all the different types of media available, books are still a very popular and useful choice.  

There are lot’s of WordPress related books to choose from so in this post I will look at the best WordPress books available and which I recommend for all abilities.

Where To Start

As you would expect there are many books on the market that are WordPress related and some are much better quality than others.

WordPress is updated regularly so it is important to make sure any WordPress book you buy is an up to date version and provides the type of information you require for your ability.

The books listed in this post are all the newest version currently available and will provide the latest information available at this time.

Keep reading to see my pick of the best WordPress books in 2019.

Best WordPress Books For Beginners

If you are a WordPress beginner finding a suitable book to help you learn can be difficult.  When you first start out, the chances are that you don’t really know what to look for in a book and which one will tell you everything you need to get started.

So which is the best book for a beginner?

My number one choice for anyone just starting out with WordPress is…


WordPress for Beginners 2019: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering WordPress (Webmaster Series) 

This book is a must buy for anyone learning WordPress.  

A new version comes out each year and the 2019 book includes all the major changes in WordPress including Gutenberg.

It is a visual step-by-step guide with over 330 screenshots to make learning WordPress much easier. 


Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress 3rd Edition

This is another great book to help you learn WordPress visually.

This version has information about building a website from basic setup to advanced mobile features.

The book is slightly older so some of the information might be dated but it is a clear and concise book that will visually teach you the basics of WordPress.


WordPress All-In-One For Dummies (For Dummies) 4th Edition

This is the latest book from the well known ‘For Dummies’ series and is currently available to pre-order as it is due out in April.

It is definitely worth waiting for the new version as this series of books are very informative and easy to use.

The new version also has the Gutenberg update and will help you get up to speed with WordPress very quickly.


Books For Advanced Users

Here are a selection of books for more advanced users.


Professional WordPress: Design and Development 3rd Edition

This book is now in it’s 3rd Edition and the series has been around since 2010.

It is a popular choice with experienced developers and although this edition is from 2015 it still provides great information including how to migrate a site to WordPress and best practices and tools in WordPress development.


WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook: Create powerful plugins to extend the world’s most popular CMS, 2nd Edition 

For advanced users looking to learn how to develop plugins this book is a great choice.

You will learn how to create plugins of varying complexity ranging from a few lines of code to complex extensions to provide new capabilities.

If you are looking to move in to the development side of Wordress then this book is well worth a look.


WordPress Web Application Development – Third Edition: Building robust web apps easily and efficiently 3rd Revised edition Edition

With this book you will be able to develop powerful web applications with WordPress.

A knowledge of basic web development and design is needed.

You will learn how to build and customize themes and plugins quickly and effectively to extend the core features of WordPress.

This is just a brief outline of what these books are about.  All of them will provide useful information whatever the level of your WordPress skills.

More information can be found on each book by clicking the orange buttons below each description.

More Ways To Read WordPress Books

Some of these books and many others are available to download.  This can be a cheaper option if you are planning on reading a lot of books in your search for WordPress knowledge.

With devices such as Kindle you can easily download and view books at much lower cost.  Some books can be downloaded for free with subscription services.

However you decide to read your books there are many great titles available.  Check out the books mentioned in this post as they will help you improve your knowledge of WordPress.

If you are just starting out with WordPress take a look at our Tutorials here.  

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