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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 built-in theme components

The design of any WordPress frontend screen consists of many components on top of the template files. These components act as the location placeholders for the site data. By understanding these components, you can let administrators change the content and locations dynamically based on various needs.

Let's take a look at these components and their roles within the theme:

  • Menu: This is a collection of links consisting of posts, pages, custom post types, and custom links. The navigation menu is a must-use feature in any site to traverse through the available pages without losing the path. In the old days, we only had one menu placed in the header section of the site. Modern websites contain multiple menus and also place the same menu in multiple locations to simplify the navigation. The number of menus in your site varies based on the supported menu locations of the theme. You have the option to use one or more menu locations that are supported by the...