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WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Yannick Lefebvre
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WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Yannick Lefebvre

Overview of this book

WordPress is a popular, powerful, and open Content Management System. Learning how to extend its capabilities allows you to unleash its full potential, whether you're an administrator trying to find the right extension, a developer with a great idea to enhance the platform for the community, or a website developer working to fulfill a client's needs. This book shows readers how to navigate WordPress' vast set of API functions to create high-quality plugins with easy-to-configure administration interfaces. With new recipes and materials updated for the latest versions of WordPress 4.x, this second edition teaches you how to create plugins of varying complexity ranging from a few lines of code to complex extensions that provide intricate new capabilities. You'll start by using the basic mechanisms provided in WordPress to create plugins and execute custom user code. You will then see how to design administration panels, enhance the post editor with custom fields, store custom data, and modify site behavior based on the value of custom fields. You'll safely incorporate dynamic elements on web pages using scripting languages, and build new widgets that users will be able to add to WordPress sidebars and widget areas. By the end of this book, you will be able to create WordPress plugins to perform any task you can imagine.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback


WordPress is a worldwide phenomenon, with users embracing the platform all around the globe. To create a more specific experience for users in different locales, WordPress offers the ability to translate all of its user- and visitor-facing content, resulting in numerous localizations becoming available for download online. Like most other functionalities in the platform, internationalization is also available to plugin developers through a set of easy-to-use functions--the main difference being that plugin translations are typically included with the extension, instead of being downloaded separately as is the case with WordPress.

To prepare their plugin to be localized, developers must use special internationalization functions when dealing with text elements. Once this structure is in place, any users can create localizations by themselves for languages that they know and submit them back to the plugin author for inclusion in a future update to the extension. also...