Professional WP Plugin Development Book Now Available For Pre-Order

January 21st, 2011
WordPress News

The highly anticipated, multi-authored book entitled Professional WordPress Plugin Development is now available for pre-order from Amazon. The book which is written by Brad Williams, Justin Tadlock and Ozh Richard covers everything you’d need to know to build an awesome plugin. Here is just a sampling as to what is covered:

  • Plugin Foundation: Starting off on the right foot.
  • Hooks: The backbone of the plugin system.
  • WP Integration: Widgets, meta boxes, etc.
  • Internationalization: Readying your plugin for translation.
  • Security: Lock down your plugin from attacks and hacks.
  • Settings: How to create and use plugin settings.
  • Users: Working with users, roles, and capabilities.
  • HTTP API: Doing cool stuff like Google Maps integration.
  • Shortcodes: Making users’ lives easier with simple-to-use shortcodes.
  • Rewrite API: Bending rewrite rules to your will.
  • Debugging: How to debug and optimize your code.

The book weighs in at over 500 pages with over 80 example plugins to learn from. The official release date is scheduled for March 22, 2011 but you’ll save a handful of cash considering the original price is $44.99 but the pre-order discount will allow you to purchase the book for $28.69. Considering that Justin Tadlock, Brad Williams and Ozh Richard of have all done a stellar job as individuals educating the WordPress community, this book should become a staple in the hands of any developer working with WordPress.




  1. AgentWP (1 comments.) says:

    I have been waiting for this book since the day it was announced. Glad that its finally available for pre-order. Heading to amazon now!

  2. Ben (6 comments.) says:


    Sounds like a great read, Im gonna have to get my hands on of these!

    As should every developer, Nothing is more frustrating than developing a site for a paying client, only to trace blocker issues back to a poorly written plugin.

    It is because of the number of low quality plugins around that a client who starts off saying “I’m a plugin junkie” scares the hell out of me. You just know that there is going to be issues.

  3. Justin Tadlock (51 comments.) says:

    Thanks for featuring the book, Jeff. I hope that many developers will learn from it and start making solidly-coded plugins. There’s definitely something for developers of all skill levels. I know I’ve learned a ton of stuff from reading the chapters that Brad and Ozh focused on.

  4. SteveG (1 comments.) says:

    I have read a lot about this book and have been waiting for it. Can’t wait to get my hands on to this book. Thanks Jeff, for giving us such useful info.

  5. Marcel (10 comments.) says:

    This book will be officially released on my Birthday! So it must be good. I have pre-ordered as a gift to myself ;-)
    I’m especially interested in the parts about the HTTP API and the rewrite API.

  6. Andrew (1 comments.) says:

    Just ordered it.

    Looks like a good price for a valuable resource.

    Justin, thanks for all the great info on your site and doing such a great job, I am sure this book will sell great.

  7. matt mcinvale (3 comments.) says:

    ordered it this morning, really looking forward to reading it.

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