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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

Guidelines for building quality plugins

Up until this point, we have looked at the process of building simple plugins with the recommended practices. Most of you will be developing WordPress sites for individual clients and hence the plugins you develop will not have to go through a verification process for quality. However, it's important to build extendable and maintainable plugins that are to be compatible with WordPress version upgrades as well as other third-party plugins. On the other hand, if you are developing plugins for the WordPress plugin directory or premium plugin marketplace, you will have to go through an extensive verification and review process for both the code and features. So, the quality of the plugin needs to match the minimum quality standards.

Let's take a look at some of the common guidelines for building quality WordPress plugins, apart from the need to follow WordPress coding standards:

  • Using built-in WordPress functions: This is a common problem in WordPress development...