WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials

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  • Get to know the WordPress code base, WordPress' plugin architecture, and the application programming interface (API)
  • Integrate with third-party APIs and web services
  • Hook into the WordPress internals using actions and filters
  • Customize your WordPress Dashboard with menus and administration panels for your plugin
  • Streamline user interactions by using jQuery to make AJAX requests
  • Expand your understanding of WordPress as a CMS
  • Implement localization support for users of other languages
  • Maintain and manage your plugin using SVN and publish it to the WordPress Plugin Repository
  • Write tests into your code to ensure that it is always deployed properly



WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for building blogs and general websites. By learning how to develop and integrate your own plugins, you can add functionality and extend WordPress in any way imaginable. By tapping into the additional power and functionality that plugins provide, you can make your site easier to administer, add new features, or even alter the very nature of how WordPress works. Covering WordPress version 3, this book makes it super easy for you to build a variety of plugins.

WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials is a practical hands-on tutorial for learning how to create your own plugins for WordPress. Using best coding practices, this book will walk you through the design and creation of a variety of original plugins.

WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials focuses on teaching you all aspects of modern WordPress development. The book uses real and published WordPress plugins and follows their creation from the idea to the finishing touches in a series of easy-to-follow and informative steps. You will discover how to deconstruct an existing plugin, use the WordPress API in typical scenarios, hook into the database, version your code with SVN, and deploy your new plugin to the world.

Each new chapter introduces different features of WordPress and how to put them to good use, allowing you to gradually advance your knowledge. WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials is packed with information, tips, and examples that will help you gain comfort and confidence in your ability to harness and extend the power of WordPress via plugins.

  • Everything you need to know to develop your own plugins for WordPress
  • Walk through the development of five plugins from ground up
  • Prepare and release your plugins to the WordPress community
  • Avoid common mistakes made by most plugin developers by learning more advanced development patterns


Page Count 300
Course Length 9 hours 0 minutes
ISBN 9781849513524
Date Of Publication 24 Mar 2011


Brian Bondari

Brian Bondari is a musician, composer, and teacher with equal loves for both music and technology. His hobbies include reading, hiking, composing music, and playing with his pet rabbit. He also spends an exorbitant amount of time lying on the floor grading papers.

Brian earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2009 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Texas at Tyler. When he is not writing music or grading papers, he serves as Senior Editor for the multi-author technology blog, http://www.TipsFor.us.

You can also visit him at http://www.bondari.com.

Everett Griffiths

Everett Griffiths is a freelance PHP/Perl developer and database architect specializing in Content Management Systems and plugin development. His hobbies include playing guitar and running. He currently resides in Los Angeles with frequent trips abroad.