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February 17, 2016 - Cathy

Things You Need to Know about WordPress 4 Plugin Development

No surprise that WordPress 4 is a huge thing on the Internet, which is, as you may already know, Content Management System to customize a website using its plugins and themes. It was created in 2014 and named after jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman. It promises to make your writing smoother and easier.

Around 20-30% of the entire Internet is based on WordPress 4.4.2, its latest version which fixed around 17 bugs. For more information about WordPress 4.4 upgrade, which possible bugs and issues to expect, check out this link. It should give credits to its plugins for this huge success. Indeed, users are able to create plugins of their own, which makes WordPress relatively unique. Even beginners are believed to be able to cope with this quite challenging process of WordPress 4 plugin development. Plugins should enable us to extend the functionality of the website. Though, not everything seems that easy, since you should have some basic knowledge of PHP, HTML to create them by yourself. Nevertheless, it is still worth trying.

WordPress 4 plugin development

Get Started: WordPress 4 Plugin Development

Determining plugin’s name is a crucial step you have to start with. It may be descriptive to make it easier for a user to find a connection. Once the name has been created, you find the place where all the plugins are stored. You are likely to find them in wp-content/plugins/ folder, which is inside your WordPress 4.4.2 installation. There should be a PHP file with a unique name of your plugin. You would probably need to have a Readme file, which is aiming to give a short description of the plugin to other users about any updates have been made.

Programming Your Plugin for WordPress 4.4

Now it comes to the most fun part of developing WordPress plugins, which may also be intimidating for lots of users. As it was mentioned, the plugin starts with a PHP file. A custom post type should also be created to define the categories. The right path to your file should look like this: wp-content/plugins/plugin_name/plugin_name.php. Some parameters should be added to this file, saved and activated afterwards. Though while setting inner workings of your plugin, you might feel having fell in a trap. You have to add a code, which really looks like unknown language for a new user of WordPress 4.4.2. That is what you need WordPress programmers for!

developing wordpress pluginsConsider Consulting WordPress Professionals

To make your plugin work efficiently, you need to use a Custom Post Type code. For the WordPress newbies, it does not say much about; those who find this words familiar probably already know what to do further. Thus, it might be a wise decision to ask for a help, consult any detailed tutorial or talk to someone in person. Though if you feel like you might be stuck at this stage, you can always rely on professional wordpress programmers. Mobilunity would be happy to assist you in creating your own plugin. Check out our portfolio if you are interested!

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