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WordPress Web Application Development

Rakhitha Nimesh Ratnayake

Everyone it seems loves WordPress and this is your opportunity to take your existing design and development skills to the next stage. Learn in easy stages how to speedily build leading-edge web applications from scratch.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783280759
Paperback376 pages

About This Book

  • Develop powerful web applications rapidly with WordPress
  • Practical scenario-based approach with ready-to-test source code
  • Learning how to plan complex web applications from scratch

Who This Book Is For

This book is intended for WordPress developers and designers who have the desire to go beyond conventional website development to develop quality web applications within a limited time frame and for maximum profit. Experienced web developers who are looking for a framework for rapid application development will also find this to be a useful resource. Prior knowledge with of WordPress is preferable as the main focus will be on explaining methods for adapting WordPress techniques for web application development rather than explaining basic skills with WordPress.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: WordPress As a Web Application Framework
WordPress as a CMS
WordPress as a web development framework
Simplifying development with built-in modules
Identifying the components of WordPress
A development plan for a portfolio management application
Understanding limitations and sticking with guidelines
Building a question-answer interface
Chapter 2: Implementing Membership Roles, Permissions, and Features
Introduction to user management
Getting started on user roles
Understanding user capabilities
Registering application users
Implementing the frontend registration
Creating a login on the frontend
Time to practice
Chapter 3: Planning and Customizing the Core Database
Understanding the WordPress database
Exploring the role of existing tables
Adapting existing tables into web applications
Extending a database with custom tables
Planning the portfolio application tables
Querying the database
Limitations and considerations
Chapter 4: The Building Blocks of Web Applications
Introduction to custom content types
Planning custom post types for the application
Implementing custom post types for a portfolio application
What is a template engine?
Persisting custom field data
Introduction to custom post type relationships
Pods framework for custom content types
Time to practice
Chapter 5: Developing Pluggable Modules
A brief introduction to WordPress plugins
WordPress plugins for web development
Time to practice
Chapter 6: Customizing the Dashboard for Powerful Backends
Understanding the admin dashboard
Customizing the admin toolbar
Customizing the main navigation menu
Adding features with custom pages
Using feature-packed admin list tables
An awesome visual presentation for the admin dashboard
The responsive nature of the admin dashboard
Time for action
Chapter 7: Adjusting Themes for Amazing Frontends
Introduction to a WordPress application's frontend
Template execution process of web application frameworks
Web application layout creation techniques
Building a portfolio application's home page
Widgetizing application layouts
Creating a custom template loader
Designing the home page template
Generating an application's frontend menu
Creating pluggable and extendable templates
Extending the home page template with action hooks
Planning action hooks for layouts
Time for action
Chapter 8: 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 Opauth
Using third-party libraries and plugins
Time for action
Chapter 9: Listening to Third-party Applications
Introduction to APIs
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
Time for action
Chapter 10: Integrating and Finalizing the Portfolio Management Application
Integrating and structuring a portfolio application
Restructuring the custom post manager
Integrating a template loader into the user manager
Working with a restructured application
Updating a user profile with additional fields
Scheduling subscriber notifications
Lesser-known WordPress features
Time for action
Final thoughts

What You Will Learn

  • Adapt existing WordPress features and functions into web applications
  • Develop extendable plugins with cutting-edge codes
  • Build and customizing themes beyond conventional web layouts
  • Integrate the latest trending web development technologies into WordPress
  • Use third-party plugins and libraries to simplify application development
  • Master tips and tricks using existing WordPress features

In Detail

Developing WordPress-powered websites is one of the standout trends in the modern web development world. The flexibility and power of the built-in features offered by WordPress has made developers turn their attentions to the possibility of using it as a web development framework. This book will act as a comprehensive resource for building web applications with this amazing framework.

"WordPress Web Application Development" is a comprehensive guide focused on incorporating the existing features of WordPress into typical web development. This book is structured towards building a complete web application from scratch. With this book, you will build an application with a modularized structure supported by the latest trending technologies.

"Wordpress Web Application Development" provides a comprehensive, practical, and example-based approach for pushing the limits of WordPress for web applications beyond your imagination.

This book begins by exploring the role of existing WordPress components and discussing the reasons for choosing WordPress for web application development. As we proceed, more focus will be put into adapting WordPress features into web applications with the help of an informal use-case-based model for discussing the most prominent built-in features. While striving for web development with WordPress, you will also learn about the integration of popular client-side technologies such as Backbone, Underscore, and jQuery, and server-side technologies and techniques such as template engines, RSS feeds, Open Auth integration, and more.

After reading this book, you will possess the ability to develop powerful web applications rapidly within limited time frames with the crucial advantage of benefitting low-budget and time-critical projects.


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