Developing plugins for WordPress is the next big thing for you if you are an administrator
looking to enhance a personal site with custom functionality for which no plugin exists, a
developer looking to enhance the WordPress platform with new ideas for the community,
or a website designer building a specific project for a client. Learning how to create
WordPress plugins will allow you to unleash the full potential of the most popular web
content management system.
As an early WordPress adopter, I started building plugins to add functionality to my personal
site. Once I got these new elements in place, I quickly realized that other users could benefit
from these extensions, and started distributing them online. To this day, I always love hearing
back from users of my creations and finding out how they have put them to use and what new
functionality they think would make them even better.
While developing plugins might initially sound a little bit like black magic, this book shows
you how easy creating plugins actually is through a series of step-by-step recipes. If you have
previously added code to a theme's functions file, you may even be familiar with some of the
mechanics explained in this book. With all of the information contained in this book, you will
quickly be able to create your own plugins or dissect existing ones to add that extra bit of
missing functionality that you require. Before you know, you'll be publishing your own
creations to the official WordPress plugin repository!
Let's start learning how to cook up great WordPress plugins!