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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

Creating a new shortcode with parameters

While simple shortcodes already provide a lot of potential to output complex content to a page by entering a few characters in the post editor, shortcodes become even more useful when they are coupled with parameters that will be passed to their associated processing function. Using this technique, it becomes very easy to create a shortcode that accelerates the insertion of external content in WordPress posts or pages by only needing to specify the shortcode and the unique identifier of the source element to be displayed.

We will illustrate this concept in this recipe by creating a shortcode that will be used to quickly add Twitter feeds to posts or pages.

How to do it...

  1. Navigate to the WordPress plugin directory of your development installation.
  2. Create a new directory called ch2-twitter-embed.
  3. Navigate to this directory and create a new text file called ch2-twitter-embed.php.
  4. Open the new file in a code editor and add an appropriate header at the top...