Come With Me On My Journey Into Plugin Development

This post will wander. It will ramble.

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know that rambling is my writing style. But this post will take it to another level. You see, for the last two days – since I opened up my text editor and started writing code – I’ve been all over. I’ve been easily distracted. I’ve explored multi… – squirrel!

If you make it to the end of this post, you’ll see I actually created something. I created a plugin that really has no useful purpose and is beyond over-architected for what it does… but it is a functioning plugin.

Shall we begin?

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Don’t Touch WordPress Core

Build a plugin instead.

Today I read the first four chapters of the WordPress Plugin Handbook and found it very useful. I learned about the basics, security, and hooks. It’s a good resource and there is a lot more to read up on in this handbook: shortcodes, settings, custom post types, the HTTP API, and more.

I also found the following resources I want to review:

But, to be honest, I’m getting a little stir-crazy and I just gotta load up Sublime and start writing some code. So, I’m going to keep today’s post short and spend the next few hours working on coding tutorials and writing throw-away code.

It’s going to be fun.

Oh yeah, note to self: the alignment of that bulleted list is driving me insane. I may have to work on CSS a little sooner than I thought.

WordPress First – Everything Else Second

I’ve decided to focus first on WordPress plugin development. I’d like to build a few plugins and explore the guts of WordPress before diving into themes and the latest developments in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Yes, I know the world seems to be shifting to a front-end-functionality-first mentality and I really need to build my skills there, but I feel like its best to start with the fundamentals. And what better place to start than building a WordPress plugin?

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Day 1

And so it begins. Another blog is born. And like so many before, it is very likely predestined to die a quiet, lonely death starved of regular nourishment or praise.

Well, so what?

This is day one. I’m optimistic and I intend to document within these posts my journey back to what I once was – a web developer.

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