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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

Applying for your plugin to be hosted on

After creating proper documentation for your creation, the next step toward its publication on the official plugin repository is to apply for hosting. This is simply done by submitting a request form in the Developer Center section on

This recipe shows how to apply for plugin hosting and offers tips to follow for quick acceptance.

How to do it...

  1. Create a zip archive containing your entire plugin directory, including the readme.txt file created in the previous recipe.
  2. Log into the website using the form at the top of the plugin submission page with your existing credentials or create a new account if you don't currently have one.
  3. Point your web browser to the plugin hosting request form page, which is available at
  4. Select your ZIP file and upload it to the site.

How it works...

Plugin submission is a fairly simple process, giving developers access to a...