Wordpress Web Application Development - Third Edition

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Wordpress Web Application Development - Third Edition

Rakhitha Nimesh Ratnayake

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Book Details

ISBN 139781787126800
Paperback536 pages

Book Description

WordPress is one of the most rapidly expanding markets on the Web. Learning how to build complex and scalable web applications will give you the ability and knowledge to step into the future of WordPress. WordPress 4.7 introduces some exciting new improvements and several bug fixes, which further improve the entire development process.This book is a practical, scenario-based guide to expanding the power of the WordPress core modules to develop modular and maintainable real-world applications from scratch. This book consistently emphasizes adapting WordPress features into web applications. It will walk you through the advanced usages of existing features such as access controlling; database handling; custom post types; pluggable plugins; content restrictions; routing; translation; caching; and many more, while you build the backend of a forum management application.

This book begins by explaining how to plan the development of a web application using WordPress' core features. Once the core features are explained, you will learn how to build an application by extending them through custom plugin development. Finally, you will explore advanced non-functional features and application integration.

After reading this book, you will have the ability to develop powerful web applications rapidly within limited time frames.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: WordPress as a Web Application Framework
WordPress as a CMS
WordPress as a web application framework
Simplifying development with built-in features
Identifying the components of WordPress
A development plan for the forum management application
Understanding limitations and sticking to guidelines
Building a question-answer interface
Enhancing features of the questions plugin
Categorizing questions
Summary
Chapter 2: Implementing Membership Roles, Permissions, and Features
Introduction to user management
Getting started with user roles
Understanding user capabilities
Registering application users
Implementing frontend registration
Creating a login form in the frontend
Essential user management features for web applications
Implementing user management features with popular plugins
Time to practice
Summary
Chapter 3: Planning and Customizing the Core Database
Understanding the WordPress database
Exploring the role of existing tables
Adapting existing tables in web applications
Extending the database with custom tables
Planning the forum application tables
Querying the database
Limitations and considerations
Summary
Chapter 4: Building Blocks of Web Applications
Introduction to custom content types
Planning custom post types for an application
Implementing custom post types for a forum application
What is a template engine?
Persisting custom field data
Introduction to post type templates
Introducing custom post type relationships
Pods framework for custom content types
Implementing custom post type features with popular plugins
Time to practice
Summary
Chapter 5: Implementing Application Content Restrictions
Introduction to content restrictions
Practical usage of content restrictions
Understanding restriction levels
Implementing content restrictions in posts/pages
Enabling restrictions on WordPress core features
Supplementary content restriction types and techniques
Useful plugins for content restrictions
Time to practice
Summary
Chapter 6: Developing Pluggable Modules
A brief introduction to WordPress plugins
WordPress plugins for web development
Tips for developing extendable plugins
Time to practice
Summary
Chapter 7: Customizing the Dashboard for Powerful Backends
Understanding the admin dashboard
Customizing the admin toolbar
Customizing the main navigation menu
Adding features with custom pages
Building options pages
Using feature-packed admin list tables
An awesome visual presentation for admin screens
The responsive nature of the admin dashboard
Supplementary admin dashboard features
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 8: Adjusting Theme for Amazing Frontends
An introduction to the WordPress application frontend
Web application layout creation techniques
Building the forum application home page
Generating the application frontend menu
Managing options and widgets with customizer
Creating pluggable templates
Extending the home page template with action hooks
Planning action hooks for layouts
Managing custom CSS with live preview
Responsive previews in theme customizer
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 9: Enhancing the Power of Open Source Libraries and Plugins
Why choose open source libraries?
Open source libraries inside the WordPress core
Open source JavaScript libraries in the WordPress core
Using PHPMailer for custom e-mail sending
Implementing user authentication with OpenAuth
Using third-party libraries and plugins
Using open source plugins for web development
Using plugins for checking security of other plugins
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 10: Listening to Third-Party Applications
Introduction to APIs
The WordPress XML-RPC API for web applications
Building the API client
Creating a custom API
Integrating API user authentication
Integrating API access tokens
Providing the API documentation
WordPress REST API for web applications
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 11: Integrating and Finalizing the Forum Management Application
Integrating and structuring the forum application
Integrating the template loader into a user manager
Working with the restructured application
Updating a user profile with additional fields
Scheduling subscriber notifications
Time for action
Final thoughts
Summary
Chapter 12: Supplementary Modules for Web Development
Internationalization
Working with media grid and image editor
Introduction to the post editor
Lesser-known WordPress features
Managing application scripts and styles
Version control
E-commerce
Migrating WordPress applications
Importing and exporting application content
Introduction to multisite
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 13: Configurations, Tools, and Resources
Configuring and setting up WordPress
Open source libraries and plugins
Online resources and tutorials

What You Will Learn

  • Develop extendable plugins with the use of WordPress features in core modules
  • Develop pluggable modules to extend the core features of WordPress as independent modules
  • Manage permissions for a wide range of content types in web applications based on different user types
  • Follow WordPress coding standards to develop reusable and maintainable code
  • Build and customize themes beyond conventional web layouts
  • Explore the power of core database tables and understand the limitations when designing database tables for large applications
  • Integrate open source modules into WordPress applications to keep up with the latest open source technologies
  • Customize the WordPress admin section and themes to create the look and feel of a typical web application

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: WordPress as a Web Application Framework
WordPress as a CMS
WordPress as a web application framework
Simplifying development with built-in features
Identifying the components of WordPress
A development plan for the forum management application
Understanding limitations and sticking to guidelines
Building a question-answer interface
Enhancing features of the questions plugin
Categorizing questions
Summary
Chapter 2: Implementing Membership Roles, Permissions, and Features
Introduction to user management
Getting started with user roles
Understanding user capabilities
Registering application users
Implementing frontend registration
Creating a login form in the frontend
Essential user management features for web applications
Implementing user management features with popular plugins
Time to practice
Summary
Chapter 3: Planning and Customizing the Core Database
Understanding the WordPress database
Exploring the role of existing tables
Adapting existing tables in web applications
Extending the database with custom tables
Planning the forum application tables
Querying the database
Limitations and considerations
Summary
Chapter 4: Building Blocks of Web Applications
Introduction to custom content types
Planning custom post types for an application
Implementing custom post types for a forum application
What is a template engine?
Persisting custom field data
Introduction to post type templates
Introducing custom post type relationships
Pods framework for custom content types
Implementing custom post type features with popular plugins
Time to practice
Summary
Chapter 5: Implementing Application Content Restrictions
Introduction to content restrictions
Practical usage of content restrictions
Understanding restriction levels
Implementing content restrictions in posts/pages
Enabling restrictions on WordPress core features
Supplementary content restriction types and techniques
Useful plugins for content restrictions
Time to practice
Summary
Chapter 6: Developing Pluggable Modules
A brief introduction to WordPress plugins
WordPress plugins for web development
Tips for developing extendable plugins
Time to practice
Summary
Chapter 7: Customizing the Dashboard for Powerful Backends
Understanding the admin dashboard
Customizing the admin toolbar
Customizing the main navigation menu
Adding features with custom pages
Building options pages
Using feature-packed admin list tables
An awesome visual presentation for admin screens
The responsive nature of the admin dashboard
Supplementary admin dashboard features
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 8: Adjusting Theme for Amazing Frontends
An introduction to the WordPress application frontend
Web application layout creation techniques
Building the forum application home page
Generating the application frontend menu
Managing options and widgets with customizer
Creating pluggable templates
Extending the home page template with action hooks
Planning action hooks for layouts
Managing custom CSS with live preview
Responsive previews in theme customizer
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 9: Enhancing the Power of Open Source Libraries and Plugins
Why choose open source libraries?
Open source libraries inside the WordPress core
Open source JavaScript libraries in the WordPress core
Using PHPMailer for custom e-mail sending
Implementing user authentication with OpenAuth
Using third-party libraries and plugins
Using open source plugins for web development
Using plugins for checking security of other plugins
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 10: Listening to Third-Party Applications
Introduction to APIs
The WordPress XML-RPC API for web applications
Building the API client
Creating a custom API
Integrating API user authentication
Integrating API access tokens
Providing the API documentation
WordPress REST API for web applications
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 11: Integrating and Finalizing the Forum Management Application
Integrating and structuring the forum application
Integrating the template loader into a user manager
Working with the restructured application
Updating a user profile with additional fields
Scheduling subscriber notifications
Time for action
Final thoughts
Summary
Chapter 12: Supplementary Modules for Web Development
Internationalization
Working with media grid and image editor
Introduction to the post editor
Lesser-known WordPress features
Managing application scripts and styles
Version control
E-commerce
Migrating WordPress applications
Importing and exporting application content
Introduction to multisite
Time for action
Summary
Chapter 13: Configurations, Tools, and Resources
Configuring and setting up WordPress
Open source libraries and plugins
Online resources and tutorials

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