WordPress plugins are a critical component of the WordPress platform, allowing you to easily extend functionality. A common question I often get asked is “What’s the best resource that covers WordPress plugin development for beginners?”
Luckily, there’s a vast amount of high quality articles and tutorials for those getting started with WordPress development, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to round up some of the better resources to help you on your way.
The WordPress Plugin Developer Handbook
The Plugin Developer Handbook is a resource for all things WordPress plugins. Whether you’re new to WordPress plugin development, or you’re an experienced plugin developer
If you’re new to plugin development, start by reading the introduction and then move on to the basics.
The functionality you can add to your website depends on what each specific plugin has been created to do. There are a wide selection of plugins, ranging from simple plugins (such as ones that add styling or small theme changes) all the way to extensive plugins (that provide significant changes such as eCommerce integrations or third party connections).
Plugins are different from your theme and work independently, using hooks, filters, short-code, widgets and custom code to perform their functionality.
You can add plugins with almost any theme and expect it to work correctly. Plugins were created to be modular so that you can copy into a new project (or distribute) which is great.
A plugin acts as a container for all of your code and elements. If you were to build similar functionality in the theme you might get the elements mixed up. With a plugin, everything that needs to function exists within a single package.
They are easy to make and can take advantage of WordPress’s action and filter hooks.
Can be created easily in an Object Orientated fashion, creating more robust and manageable code.
You might be familiar with these areas if you have worked on WordPress themes, however, a solid understanding of how these concepts work will help you build easy to use and maintainable functionality.
- Actions (Hooks)
An action hook is an activity that is performed by WordPress at a specific time. When this action is triggered it will find all functions that have been attached to this action and execute them in the correct order.
- A Simple WordPress Action
- Creating Your Own Actions
- Executing Your Functions by Calling Your Action
- Using the Manditory Arguments
- Using All of the Arguments (Understanding the Priority and accepted_args Values)
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