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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

Managing custom routes with Rewrite API

The default WordPress URL structure uses query parameters to load the necessary posts and pages. So, the URL of a post will look like This is not ideal, as its difficult to remember the post ID and search engines won't give a higher preference to such URLs. Therefore, we need a better URL structure that doesn't use query parameters and gives a SEO-friendly URL. So, we use the WordPress permalinks section to change the URL structure. Then, WordPress will internally convert those SEO-friendly URLs to the default URL structure. We can access the permalinks settings section from Settings | Permalinks. Let's choose Post Name as the URL structure for our site. Then, the preceding URL will be converted to http://

As you can see, this is a much more user and SEO-friendly URL structure. Once the permalinks are set up, all the WordPress core features in the frontend will use this structure. However...