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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 plugins

A plugin is a set of functions dedicated to work as an independent solution, while extending or adding new features to WordPress. In WordPress, plugins are similar to the Apps we use in iOS and Android. We have the ability to use or remove any plugin without affecting WordPress's core features. Also, plugins allow us to separate independent features into their own plugins, making them easier to maintain. The plugin base has over 50,000 free plugins, and sometimes you don't have to develop anything for WordPress websites. You can just use a number of plugins and integrate them properly to build advanced features.

The role of plugins is vital for the development of a site. In Chapter 3, Designing Flexible Frontends with Theme Development, we discussed the role of a theme, and the features beyond the scope of a theme. Basically, any feature beyond the scope of a theme should be developed with plugins. However, there are scenarios where we will...