WordPress Plugin Development: A Guide For Beginners

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Book: WordPress Plugin DevelopmentIf you are using WordPress as your blogging platform, most probably you are already familiar with plugins. These excellent add-ons help you extend the features of WordPress giving you complete control on blog customization and enhancements. There are thousands of plugins available today supported by countless developers from around the globe who are developing these WordPress plugins for the ever-growing user base of this widely used blogging platform. Recently, Vladimir Prelovac has released his book entitled 'WordPress Plugin Development: Beginner's Guide', available from Packt Publishing which provides detailed step-by-step guide to create WordPress Plugins.

What immediately caught my attention about this book is the detailed step-by-step development process of 6 popular WordPress plugins, instead of giving bits and pieces in each chapter. Following are these 6 plugins.

1. Digg This - Adds Digg button to your posts.
2. Live Blogroll - Hovering mouse on blog links pops up recent posts from that blog.
3. WP Wall - No reload required to display the comments in sidebar.
4. Snazzy Archives - Archives presentation in a unique way.
5. Insights - Access your Flickr images and articles directly in post editor.
6. Post Types - Pre-defined post templates for quick insertion of photos and links.

Since each plugin mentioned above is made from scratch in each chapter, you get extensive code examples to properly understand the plugin-API. Because some of these plugins require dynamic content generation via WordPress database, you also learn the use AJAX and jQuery to achieve the same in a more optimized manner to speed up the execution. You also get to learn to access third-party APIs of Digg, Flickr and more.

Integration of TinyMCE plugin, WordPress hooks, forms submission through AJAX and Creating pop-ups with CSS are some of the techniques you will learn during each plugin development process. A separate section is dedicated for AJAX so that developers who are not familiar with the technology can get a good hand on it before going ahead with the actual implementation of AJAX in the plugin.

All the development tools required to create a WordPress plugin are free. The book has a separate section at the beginning which tabulates all the tools required for plugin development, where to get it and what is their use. The author of this book is an expert WordPress developer and has stressed on optimization and security of each WordPress plugin. You will also get to know the security issues and optimization techniques that are must for a successful WordPress plugin.

Who should read this book?

Whether you are a hard-core web developer or a hobbyist, if you have the working knowledge of PHP, HTML, and WordPress, and if you want to develop your own WordPress plugin, this book is an excellent choice for you.

Vladimir Prelovac: Author of WordPress Plugin DevelopmentBook: WordPress Plugin Development: Beginner's Guide
Paperback: 278 pages [191mm x 235mm]
Publisher: Packt Publishing (Released: February, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN: 1847193595
ISBN-13: 978-1-847193-59-9
Also available as an e-book from Packt Publishing

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