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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

Loading a style sheet to format plugin output

When a plugin adds custom content or inserts styling tags to a post or page's existing content, as was done in the previous recipe showing how to create an enclosing shortcode, it usually needs to load a custom style sheet to style these new elements. This recipe shows how to add a style sheet in the WordPress style queue to format the private output created in the previous recipe. This queue is processed when the page header is rendered, listing all the style sheets that need to be loaded to display the site correctly.

Getting ready

You should have already followed the Creating a new enclosing shortcode recipe to have a starting point for this recipe and the resulting plugin should still be active in your development site. Alternatively, you can download the resulting code (Chapter 2/ch2-private-item-text/ch2-private-item-text.php) of that recipe from the Packt website (

How to do it...

  1. Navigate to the ch2-private...