Professional WordPress Plugin Development (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – 11 Mar 2011
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From the Back Cover
Take WordPress to the next level with advanced plugin development
As one of the most popular open source content management systems available today, WordPress boasts a framework that allows you to easily customize and extend it through plugins. This comprehensive book shows you how plugins work, reviews the tools and APIs in WordPress, and demonstrates how to extend the functionality of WordPress with plugins. The trio of authors provides a practical, solutions–based approach along with a collection of timely examples and plenty of code, all aimed at clearly explaining how to create a plugin file, work with users, integrate widgets, add menus and submenus, secure your plugins, and more. You will quickly come to understand how to develop custom plugins so that you can take WordPress to the next corporate and enterprise level.
Professional WordPress Plugin Development:
Details the range of complexity in plugins, from a very simple social networking plugin to an extremely elaborate e–commerce package
Addresses how to integrate into WordPress, save settings, create widgets and shortcodes, and implement uninstall
Unveils the proper techniques for storing data, customizing user roles, and implementing security best practices
Shares procedures for using custom post types and creating and using custom taxonomies
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About the Author
Brad Williams is the CEO and cofounder of webdevstudios.com. He is a coauthor of Professional WordPress.
Ozh Richard has released a number of popular WordPress plugins and won an Annual WordPress Plugin Competition.
Justin Tadlock has developed numerous plugins and teaches users how to use plugins and themes at his WordPress site ThemeHybrid.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
That's not a criticism: it is a fantastic book for somebody who has good foundations and wishes to use them to develop WordPress themes.
It has been written by multiple authors and it shows and that is the main downside because the standard and depth of their explanations is not uniform. Some sections can be handled with good explanations but, for instance, the section on the Settings API is quite poorly explained and relies more on code examples. It is a very good book; but I suspect version two (in a couple of years time?) could be excellent if the consistency is improved. That shouldn't deter anybody from buying it. It is a very good book, and quite possible the best there is at present.
My only issue... it's causing me too much work as I now feel the need to re-visit all my plugins and improve them based on what I've learnt in the book!
The other, more general WordPress book by the same authors has recently been updated and includes what is basically a summary chapter on this book ( the APIs) and I would read that one first perhaps .
The first book I read before these two was 'Wordpress for Web Developers' which has more detail on WP from a users perspective whilst also providing more technical chapters on Theme and Plugin Dev.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great primer if you need to start developing in Wordpress. I bought this book through work to give me a foundation on plugin development and this book did just that.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Useful for reading to learn about the subject and for reference.Published 16 months ago by Stewart Barklem