WordPress Plugin Development Beginner’s Guide

March 5th, 2009
Tutorials, WordPress, WordPress Plugins

Vladimir Prevolac, the developer of several plugins and themes for WordPress has released a book titled WordPress Plugin Development (Beginners’ Guide).

The book, written for anyone who wishes to author WordPress plugins, consists of eight chapters, six of which are dealing with development of actual plugins from scratch.

Here’s what you can learn:

  • Get to know the WordPress code base, WordPress’s plug-in architecture, and the plug-in application programming interface (API) and learn how to hack it
  • Master the WordPress database and the API – access and manipulate data, handle user roles and permissions, posts, and so on
  • Hook into the rest of WordPress using actions and filters
  • Change the way your WordPress backend looks by customizing menus, submenus, and the plug-in admin panel
  • Integrate AJAX and jQuery into your plug-ins to dynamically generate content
  • Hook directly to WordPress edit pages and use AJAX to generate fast searches
  • Integrate your plug-in with WordPress panels and the tinyMCE editor
  • Access and work with third-party APIs like Flickr
  • Implement localization support for users of other languages
  • Maintain and manage your plug-in using SVN and publish it to the WordPress Plugin Repository
  • Handle security issues and make your plug-ins safer to use

The book retails for $39.99 for the hard copy and $31.99 for the eBook. You can order the same from Packt Publishing or Amazon.




  1. George Serradinho (107 comments.) says:

    The contents sound great but the price is steep for me +R500.

    Will have to see how to get some thing similar.

  2. bubazoo (213 comments.) says:

    hrm, wonder why my gravatar still doesn’t work? If you use multiple email addresses in gravatar, can you use the same gravatar for different email addresses? maybe thats my problem, using the same picture for different email addresses?

    Yeah that price is steap for me too, but does sound worth it. I know a little PHP, but not OOP like classes, compared to most I’m still a beginner in the PHP language, or AJAX. I never understood AJAX I can do javascript, but never understood ajax very well, so I don’t know if this book would be too difficult for me or not? I used to be able to do some basic Moveable type plugins back in the pre-3.0 days *shrugs*

  3. Chung Bey Luen (14 comments.) says:

    It’s a very good reference book for WordPress plugin developers like me.

  4. roberto says:

    I agree about the price. It’s nice to have it all in one book, but there are many good tutorials online that you can find. It doesn’t look like it’s worth $31.99. They should have just hosted it online and fund it through donations and ads.

    Also, bubazoo, AJAX isn’t very difficult if you use JSON and PHP. Recent versions of PHP have built-in JSON support, and you don’t need any tedious translation on the javascript side, since the JSON returned by PHP is a javascript object that can be accessed using the dot notation. Javascript plugins like jQuery facilitate AJAX even further, so you don’t have to worry about XMLHTTPRequest (or ActiveXObject if you want IE5 and IE6 compatibility).

  5. Joker_H (1 comments.) says:

    oh, the book very userful but price….

  6. Thaya Kareeson (51 comments.) says:

    I have reviewed this book
    here on my blog

    Hoepe you guys find it helpful!

  7. Robin (3 comments.) says:

    I’ve read this book together with some online tutorials and blog posts that jump started my projects with wordpress.
    It’s price is high, but if you don’t want to go around the net searching for everything, the book is the way to go.



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    WordPress Plugin Development Beginner’s Guide

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