WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook

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Prepare an efficient development environment Create your first plugins using WordPress action and filter hooksAdd new sections to the administration interface for plugin configurationCreate new content types using Custom Post Types or Custom Database TablesMake your content dynamic with JavaScript, jQuery, and AJAXAdd new widgets to the WordPress libraryPrepare your plugin to be translated for broad international useGet your new creations ready to be shared on the official WordPress site


WordPress is a popular, powerful, and open Content Management System. Learning to extend its core capabilities allows you to unleash its full potential, whether you're an administrator who cannot find the right extension, or a developer with a great idea to enhance the platform for the community, or a website designer/developer working to fulfill a client's needs. "WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook" is the perfect companion for plugin developers, offering easy-to-follow instructions to accomplish tasks that range from basic plugin creation and configuration to advanced customization techniques. Each topic is illustrated through realistic examples showing how it can be applied to solve common problems, followed by explanations of all concepts used. Create WordPress plugins of varying complexity, from a few lines that change a specific function to complex extensions that provide intricate new capabilities. From the creation of your first simple plugin to adding entire new sections and widgets in the administration interface, learn how to change and extend WordPress to perform virtually any task. After installing and configuring an efficient plugin development environment, you will discover how to register your own callbacks that WordPress will execute at key points, forming the basis of plugin creation. Armed with this essential knowledge, you'll explore how to create administration pages to allow users to configure your new creations and to add new content management sections to WordPress through custom post types and custom database tables. Once you have all these elements in place, improve your plugins by customizing the post and page editors, creating user-facing forms to populate new content sections, making your plugin output dynamic using Javascript and AJAX as well as adding new widgets to the platform. Finally, see how to add support for multiple languages and distribute your work to the global WordPress community. "WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook" provides you with tools to create any plugin you can imagine.  


Learn to create plugins and configuration panels in order to bring new capabilities to WordPressTailor WordPress to your needs with new content types, custom widgets, and fancy jQuery elements, without breaching security needsDetailed instructions on how to achieve each task, followed by clear explanations of concepts featured in each recipe 

Page Count 318
Course Length 9 hours 32 minutes
ISBN 9781849517683
Date Of Publication 25 Jul 2012


Yannick Lefebvre

Yannick Lefebvre is a plugin developer who has created multiple plugins on the official WordPress repository. His first creation, Link Library, is in use on thousands of sites around the world. With a background in Computer Science, he started writing plugins for his own WordPress site in 2004 and quickly started sharing his creations with the community. He is actively involved in the Montreal WordPress community, has presented multiple times at WordCamp Montreal and offers custom plugin development services. By day, Yannick works for CM Labs Simulations, a company providing software tools and simulators for vehicle and heavy equipment simulation. You can find out more about him and his plugins on his web site, Yannick's Corner.