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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

Chapter 4. Building Custom Modules with Plugin Development

Enormous free plugin base and plugin-based architecture are the keys to success of WordPress as a CMS. Plugins allow developers to build independent features as well as connect with the modules developed by other developers. We can use plugins to build quality sites with the code written by the top WordPress developers in the world, without spending a single dollar. From the developer's perspective, plugins allow you to reach and help thousands of users while being able to promote your skills as a developer. Anyone who has basic programming knowledge can create plugins to meet application-specific requirements. However, it takes considerable effort to develop quality plugins that can be reused across a wide range of projects.

In this chapter, you will learn about the concept of plugins and how they are different from your theme. You will also go through the life cycle events of a proper plugin while creating a post attachments plugin...