There is no question that the author is earnestly seeking to help others following in her path of trying to use magazine style WordPress templates.
WordPress, if you aren't aware of it, is among the leading blog applications available. It is one of those programs where the basics, such as putting up a simple blog, can be learned in minutes. But WordPress is capable of great power and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as a fairly sophisticated Content Management System and, as is described here, with templates for creating magazine style websites.
Such websites with their profusion of stories accompanied by illustrations appear to be complex and perhaps behind the grasp of the ordinary user without intensive training and experience.
Author Aisling D'Art promises to make creating a magazine style website easy "with step-by-step instructions in everyday English and lots of screen shots".
The problem is that D'Art is not a very good technical writer, apparently lacked a skilled editor and produced this book in a word processing program. She rambles, includes much extraneous material where it doesn't really fit and white space has obviously been used liberally to pad the page count.
The book simply isn't very good. "WordPress For Dummies" by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, which D'Art references several times, is a far superior introduction to WordPress, though not to magazine style themes specifically.
However, there may be people who really are deathly afraid of approaching software like WordPress without a true step-by-excruciating-step guide to accomplishing one specific task. Those people may find "Sites that Soar" helpful. For most of us, though, "WordPress For Dummies" is the far better choice. Just be prepared to spend some time learning how to use magazine style templates on your own. It isn't that hard if you have a touch of patience.
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If you'd like a great looking, magazine-style website that's easy to maintain, this is the book you need. Written by an artist, for artists (and anyone without much computer experience), this guide shows you how to work with FREE software to create a unique, WordPress-based website to showcase yourself, your art or your business. With step-by-step instructions in everday English and lots of screenshots, Aisling talks you through every aspect of creating your website and customizing it to suit your needs. Third edition, features entirely free software including Branford Magazine and WordPress. Works with WordPress versions through 2.9.