I really like Envato as a company, and I check out their sites often. What I don’t like is their overuse of "Rockstar", "Ninja", etc. So "Rockstar WP Designer" annoys me and, in my humble opinion, decreases the attractiveness (and reputation) of the book.
Sitepoint, on the other hand, is a company that I do not like one bit. I can’t remember what they did to get in my bad books, it has been a while now, but I’ve always felt them to be a little… sleezy. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I feel like they make you feel like they’re giving you new information, but they aren’t actually teaching you anything.
People always have lots of questions when it comes to WordPress, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the CMS section.
If you are designing and coding a WordPress site from scratch, here are the steps that I take:
1. Site Architecture
I think the key step there, that a lot of people starting out with WordPress skip, is #4. It’s so much easier to build the templates in pure HTML & CSS before converting it into a WordPress theme. I’m not saying build the whole site in HTML, just the templates (you’ll learn about all of the different templates needed for a theme).
Oh, and I’m on the other side – Victoria, BC![/edit]