This is an excellent article series for anyone interested in the process behind creating your very first WordPress plugin. With code examples to help assist you, you will be on your way to future releases of your own plugins for the WordPress community. We have now made it even easier for you to learn what it takes to write a WordPress Plugin. You can download the full length PDF which includes all code samples and images — just like the live versions of the articles! Download the PDF Now. As this is the new home to the series, please direct your permalinks and direct links to this page, so readers can navigate their way through the entire series.
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Plugins for WordPress can be very elaborate and require significant programming expertise to develop. But learning to develop a WordPress plugin doesn't have to be difficult; you can start small and grow your skills over time. Let's start with a very simple WordPress plugin that you might build for yourself or a client.
Start by naming your plugin. TIP: When you name your files and directories we recommend you always use lowercase and dashes, never proper case nor underscores. So please don't name your plugin files ThanksForReading. So far so good. A plugin header is a simple PHP comment at the top of the file that minimally only needs the text Plugin Name: followed by the name of your plugin that you want end users to see:.
And that's all the function needs to do. To address these conflicts be sure to prefix your function names. You'll want something hopefully unique and not likely to conflict with function names other plugins or themes might use.
We'll use tfr which is an initialism for "Thanks for Reading":. There are other tutorials on the web about writing WordPress plugins which cover ground that this post does not:. We're not necessarily endorsing all the techniques in those tutorials since we've not read each of them in-depth, we're just telling you they exist. Caveat emptor. As you can see writing a WordPress plugin can be really simple.
This example was deliberately trivial and ignored many aspects of WordPress plugin development but you've got to start somewhere. We have future plans to write in detail about all the aspects of WordPress plugin development that this post ignored.
If you'd like to learn more about writing WordPress plugins you you might want to read this post too:. This is a great tutorial to show the beginnigns of WordPress plugin development, and a good intro to hooks and filters. Thanks, looking forward to more great tutorials like this one.
Thanks for the positive comments. Glad I could help! Please do check out the other posts because this post was just the starting point for how to code a plugin.
Plan to post a lot more all about plugin development over the coming year as well. Quick question — looking at the code for The Complete Plugin, do you need to have a closing? Thanks for the tutorial! Plugin development is something I've been trying to learn, but this is the first tutorial I read that didn't assume I know things like the distinction between "actions" and "filters". It helped. Great question. Nice to read your blog. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck, and be sure to read the follow up posts here as your skills improve because this post is just the tip of the iceberg.
Thanks for the great tutorial! Very simple and easy to follow so I can finally code my first WordPress plugin. I always thought it would be more complicated than this, thanks for putting the time into this easy-to-follow article. Thanks for the comment. Yes, it really can be that easy. But after you get comfortable with that be sure to read the follow up posts in coding techniques that can evolve your plugins from simple to robust, and each post we write is designed to cover just one technique so they come in bite-size pieces.
Thank you for the post; great article, very useful. I need something more for plugin development…. Thanks for the kind comment, and for noticing the style we have chosen for this site. Hello Sir, Nice and simple tutor, even very useful for professional php developers too.. You bring up an broad yet interesting question: how to get values from or put value to the database. When I do this tutorial, I get extra characters on the screen output end of the PHP code rendered on-screen.
Like this:. Get the raw code here and make sure that your file is exactly identical. Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.
You can also subscribe without commenting. Hey Odai, Great question. Hi Anna, Thanks for stopping by. Hi Corey, Thanks for the comment. Thanks I Created same plugins with the help of this tutorial Great work!!! Hi Ranjeet, Glad it helped and thanks for the comment! Hey Dilip, Thanks for the comment and kudos.
Glad it helped. Hi Web Dev, Thanks for the kind comment, and for noticing the style we have chosen for this site. Simple and Really Good. Hi sankar — Thanks for stopping by. Hi Pratik, Thanks for the comment and the compliment. Like this: Thanks for Reading! Hi KC, Thanks for commenting. Thanks for this i was really confused before read this. Hi Hajinder, Glad it helped. Hi Rahul — Thanks for the comment and glad it helped!
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Devlounge - How to Write a Wordpress Plugin
Codex tools: Log in. WordPress Plugins allows you to easily modify, customize, and enhance a WordPress site. Instead of changing the core program code of WordPress, you can add functionality with WordPress Plugins. Here is a basic definition. A WordPress Plugin is a program or a set of one or more functions written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress site. Wish that WordPress had some new or modified functionality? The first thing to do is to search various WordPress Plugin repositories and sources to see if someone has already created a WordPress Plugin that suits your needs.
How to Write a Basic WordPress Plugin
Every step is covered, from Seven Steps for Writing a Wordpress Plugin all the way down to adding ajax to your plugin and releasing it. This is an excellent article series for anyone interested in the process behind creating your very first Wordpress plugin. With code examples to help assist you, you will be on your way to future releases of your own plugins for the Wordpress community. About the author: Ronald is frequently found laying his thoughts out in strong, straight-forward articles on various web related topics. He comes from a relatively strong technical and business background, having an undergrad in Electrical Engineering Technology and a Master of Science in Business Administration. A programmer by day, and web hobbyist and writer by night, who also runs his own blog at www. Ronald has been on the Devlounge team since the fall of , and has contributed many wonderful articles, including this very wordpress series.