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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

Using a form management plugin

We looked at the use of custom post types and custom forms for capturing and displaying the data needed for WordPress sites. However, many startup sites don't have the budget or time to develop a custom solution specific for their sites. So, developers will have to use existing solutions and build the features on top of them. In such cases, WordPress form plugins become the ideal solution. There are some popular form plugins developed to cater a specific area, such as contact forms. We can also find forms plugins such as Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms developed to cater any purpose. Let's understand the features expected from a quality forms plugin:

  • Drag and drop builder: This is the feature that accelerates the development of custom forms with existing plugins. Instead of writing own HTML for each field, we should be able to drag and drop existing custom fields and build fully working custom forms in minutes.
  • Ajax-based form submission: This is a very important...