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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

Introduction to addons

In general terms, addons are components that change the behavior of a core component. As a developer, you might be familiar with using browser extensions to support development tasks. In such a scenario, the web browser acts as the core component and the extensions act as the addons that install on top of the web browser. The addons in WordPress follows the same concept. However, WordPress addons itself are plugins that change the behavior of a main plugin. Unlike browser extensions, addons in WordPress don't install on top of a plugin. Instead, they act as separate addon plugins.

Usually, addons are used to add new features to the core component. However, WordPress addons are developed to add, change, or remove features of a core component. Let's take a look at some of the popular plugins with a large addons base:

  • WooCommerce: This is an eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell physical goods as well as digital products. This plugin has an extensive addons base of over...