My Articles in a Japanese WordPress Plugin Book

I’ve contributed 3 articles to a recent Japanese publication (プロが選ぶ WordPress 優良プラグイン事典) on WordPress Plugins.

Japanese WordPress Plugins Book Cover

It lists useful Plugins in 7 different categories such as image, mobile, social, editor helper, etc. There are surprising many WordPress books in Japan but I often hear from readers of them (especially from beginners) that they wish the Plugins recommendation section was longer. Since majorities of Plugins only have their official documentation in English and many Plugins are not (yet) localized, Japanese users often get lost in choosing safe and reliable ones that match their needs.

This book was made possible with hard work of the author team lead Hajime Ogushi and MdN Corp. Publishing staff. Thanks!

The team of 17 coauthors teamed up because of a WordPress news/tutorial blog WP-D, which launched with Hajime’s lead after WordVolcano Kagoshima event in July 2012. It was nice to work with other WordPress enthusiasts for this book.

Here are some shots of pages I wrote:

Jetpack by

Japanese WordPress Plugins Book: Jetpack

WP Multibyte Patch

Japanese WordPress Plugins Book: WP Multibyte Patch

WP Multibyte Patch is a ,ust-have Plugin for Japanese users, developed by Seisuke Kuraishi of Japanese WordPress Package team.


Japanese WordPress Plugins Book: Akismet

This book is available in Japanese There is a Kindle edition as well (you will need an account instead of

WordPress Business Blog Standard Guidebook in Japan

WordPress Business Blog Standard Guidebook bookcover

My first book, WordPress Standard Guidebook, has been a success since it was published in September 2006. It’s maintaining steady sales even with current 4th edition.

So my editor contacted last summer offering me to write another book – this time, the subject was up to me, he said. Instead of going into the same direction as last time (instructional/tutorial), I wanted to write a practical guide on how to plan, build, and run blogs for businesses.

The new book is scheduled to be published at the end of this month in Japan.

  • Author: Naoko McCracken
  • Price: 3,150 yen (approx. $32)
  • ISBN94839927837
  • Publisher: Mainichi Communications
  • Release Date: March 29, 2008

I appreciate the whole WordPress community, WordPress Japan, fellow members of Japanese Localization Team, and people I had the pleasure to work with building WordPress blogs – especially those at my previous employer. Without learning from/with them I could never have written this book. Thank you.

Just as last time, I’m going to give credits to plugin/theme authors I have mentioned in the book:

Great job & thanks for sharing your hard work!

WordPress Standard Guidebook


You may have heard already, but a new book on WordPress just came out in Japan. I wrote it with a help of WordPress Japan.

WordPress Standard Guidebook

  • Author: Naoko McCracken & WordPress Japan
  • Price: 2,980 yen + tax (approx. $35)
  • 344 pages (with CD-ROM)
  • ISBN4-8399-2169-5
  • Publisher: Mainichi Communications

The book talks about things like getting started with WordPress, setting up a local environment for development, customizing and creating a theme, and installing and making the best use of plugins.

I’d like to thank these theme & plugin authors for letting me include their work in my book. The book explains how to set up these theme/plugins, and includes required files in the CD-ROM.
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