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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


Plugins can be considered the most important aspect of WordPress when it comes to custom development. If we discard the existing plugin base, WordPress will be a just another CMS without major attention from users or developers. As a developer, it's important to know the ins and outs of plugin development to survive in the growing WordPress community. Due to this, in this chapter, we looked at the role of plugins in development by discussing common plugin-related tasks. We chose popular plugins to explain different types of plugins and how they interact with WordPress sites. Next, we looked at the process of creating a basic plugin for WordPress. Most beginner developers are capable of building solutions with PHP and integrating the solution as a WordPress plugin. However, plugins created without the knowledge of complete life cycle events can turn into a nightmare at later stages of the project. Therefore, we looked at the life cycle events of a WordPress plugin and the functionality...