WordPress plugins are a critical component of the WordPress platform, allowing you to easily extend functionality. A common question I often get asked is “What’s the best resource that covers WordPress plugin development for beginners?”.
Luckily, there’s a vast amount of high quality articles and tutorials for those getting started with WordPress development, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to round up some of the better resources to help you on your way.
I’ll start the list off with the official WordPress documentation, which is a great first step:
- The WordPress Plugin Developer Handbook (Developer.WordPress.org)
- Plugin Development Videos (WordPress.tv)
- Writing a Plugin (Codex.WordPress.org)
- Plugin Development Resources (Codex.WordPress.org)
- Plugin Development Resources (Make.WordPress.org)
- WordPress Coding Standards (Make.WordPress.org)
There’s a lot more than that, but you should definitely follow the official documentation, it’s constantly being updated.
You’ll need to learn a little PHP, luckily SitePoint has the best collection of PHP news and learning materials on the web – which you can find here. SitePoint also has a huge collection of articles and tutorials on WordPress development, here’s a selection of the highlights to help get you started.
Simon Codrington covers the basics of what you need to know about building your own WordPress plugins and best practices for WordPress plugin development.
Simon Codrington revisits his article on an Introduction to Plugin Development with this real world example of WordPress Plugin Development.
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