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WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook - Third Edition

By : Yannick Lefebvre
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WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook - Third Edition

By: Yannick Lefebvre

Overview of this book

WordPress is one of the most widely used, powerful, and open content management systems (CMSs). Whether you're a site owner trying to find the right extension, a developer who wants to contribute to the community, or a website developer working to fulfill a client's needs, learning how to extend WordPress' capabilities will help you to unleash its full potential. This book will help you become familiar with API functions to create secure plugins with easy-to-use administration interfaces. This third edition contains new recipes and up-to-date code samples, including new chapters on creating custom blocks for the block editor and integrating data from external sources. From one chapter to the next, you’ll learn how to create plugins of varying complexity, ranging from a few lines of code to complex extensions that provide intricate new capabilities. You'll start by using the basic mechanisms provided in WordPress to create plugins, followed by recipes covering how to design administration panels, enhance the post editor with custom fields, store custom data, and even create custom blocks. You'll safely incorporate dynamic elements into web pages using scripting languages, learn how to integrate data from external sources, and build new widgets that users will be able to add to WordPress sidebars and widget areas. By the end of this book, you will be able to create WordPress plugins to perform any task you can imagine.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Optimizing plugin performance by storing external data using transients

Some WordPress functions, such as the fetch_feed function that we saw in the Displaying RSS items from an external feed recipe, offer a built-in caching mechanism. This is not the case when building custom code to retrieve information from other online data sources. The following recipe takes a look at using the public API of a transportation agency, Bay Area Rapid Transit, in the San Francisco area. It shows how to retrieve and cache remote XML data in our local site database using transients to speed up site performance while also alleviating the load on the remote data source.

Getting ready

You should have access to a WordPress development environment.

How to do it...

Follow these steps to query, cache, and display transit data from an external source:

  1. Navigate to the WordPress plugins directory of your development installation.
  2. Create a new directory called ch11-transit-feed.
  3. Navigate...