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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

About the Reviewers

Cyril Pierron is a tech-savvy, life-curious engineer. He started programming at the age of 8. He worked in the telecommunications industry for 13 years, leading network value added service application development. Since 2011 he has been working as an ecommerce solution architect, supporting customers and partners, building transactional sites on Salesforce Commerce Cloud platform. He is married and the father of a lovely 7-year old girl.

As an ecommerce expert, Cyril has witnessed over the past few years the convergence of content sites and online stores into one unified experience for the consumer. He has integrated with various content management platforms in the context of his projects.

I would like to thank Packt Publishing for giving me the opportunity to work on this book as a reviewer. I would also like to thank Yannick Lefebvre, who did a wonderful job writing it, and my wife, who showed quite a lot of patience and support as I kept working on this book after hours. Content management systems (CMS) are key for brands to share information and reach out to their communities and fans. WordPress is a reference in the CMS world, one of the best known systems in the market. This book will definitely help plugin developers quickly start building on it.

Ardian Yuli Setyanto, S.Kom, has played with programming since in high school. He joined national selection for Tim Olimpiade Komputer Indonesia (TOKI, Indonesia Computer Olympiad Team) in 2002 and 2003, which convinced him to study computer science at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), and he graduated in 2009 firstly among his other friends with a score 3.5/4.

He also used WordPress as his essay topic for bachelor degree, he developed his own plugin and combined it with a GSM phone to read and send SMS, instead of the usual email, to manage WordPress comments in his essay. After graduating from university, he start working as freelancer using WordPress and Prestashop. These CMS are widely used in his home country, Indonesia.

Now he is working as a backend developer using Symfony2, Rails, and Sinatra. You can reach him on Twitter: @ardianys.

I would like to thank Packt for giving me this wonderful opportunity as a reviewer on their book once again. I would like to thank Arun Nadar, who assisted me while I was reviewing Yannick's wonderful content. I would also like to thank my family, Niela, Nain, Nusa, and Mazaya. All praise to God.