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Wordpress Development Quick Start Guide

By : Rakhitha Nimesh Ratnayake
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Wordpress Development Quick Start Guide

By: Rakhitha Nimesh Ratnayake

Overview of this book

WordPress is the most used CMS in the world and is the ideal way to share your knowledge with a large audience or build a profitable business. Getting started with WordPress development has often been a challenge for novice developers, and this book will help you find your way. This book explains the components used in WordPress development, when and where to use them, and why you should be using each component in specific scenarios. You begin by learning the basic development setup and coding standards of WordPress. Then you move into the most important aspects of the theme and plugin development process. Here you will also learn how themes and plugins fit into the website while learning about a range of techniques for extending themes and plugins. With the basics covered, we explore many of the APIs provided by WordPress and how we can leverage them to build rapid solutions. Next, we move on to look at the techniques for capturing, processing, and displaying user data when integrating third-party components into the site design. Finally, you will learn how to test and deploy your work with secure and maintainable code, while providing the best performance for end users.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Understanding the role of themes in development

The ability to choose an existing theme among thousands of free and premium themes is one of the reasons for the success of WordPress as a CMS. Using an existing theme dramatically reduces both development time and cost, as opposed to designing the site from scratch.

The primary intention of a theme is to function as the presentation layer of the site. However, WordPress has evolved into a state where a basic theme, designed to act only as a presentation layer, no longer works. As a result, developers are including more and more advanced functionalities and logic within their themes to compete with other themes. In modern sites, the developer's role may involve customizing theme design, building themes from scratch, and even creating application-specific themes. Therefore, we need to be aware of the type of development involved in a theme. Let's take a look at some of the most common tasks as a developer:

  • Customizing post and page designs: This...