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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

Adding a new section to the custom post type editor

While the custom post editor that has been put in place so far is functional, it is not the friendliest of user interfaces, especially with the custom fields section, where users need to type or select the names of each field as they create new items. A cleaner approach is to create a custom interface using the meta box mechanism that we saw in the previous chapter to display all the data associated with Book Reviews.

This recipe shows how to create a meta box that will be associated with a custom post type and how to save the information that is entered in that new interface.

Getting ready

You should have already followed the Creating a custom post type recipe to have a starting point for this recipe, and the resulting plugin should still be active in your development site. Alternatively, you can get the resulting code (Chapter 4/ch4-book-reviews/ch4-book-reviews-v1.php) from the code bundle downloaded from the Packt website (https://www...