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How to Write a Simple WordPress Plugin

In the is an article on How to Write a WordPress Plugin which takes you step-by-step through the process. You would think that if it is in the WordPress Codex that it would be simple and easy to understand, but for some it is still a challenge.

Many people who are not programmers have found a need in their WordPress blog and within a short amount of time have managed to write a Plugin to make WordPress do what they want. It’s that easy.

So if you are brave and have a need to push or pull WordPress to meet your needs, check out the articles below and soon you will be writing your own WordPress Plugin.

Once you create your WordPress Plugin, in order to get it to work with the WordPress 2.6x feature to automatically add and update Plugins, it must be in the official WordPress Plugin Directory.

To promote your WordPress Plugin, you can also add it to the WordPress Plugins Database and Weblog Tools Collection Plugin and Theme announcements.

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  1. Posted October 26, 2008 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    unfortunately, the link in the second paragraph is now broken.

  2. Formu
    Posted February 22, 2011 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    I try to develop wp plugin with my own, but that’s very hard to me,
    dom you have software or something like that can make plugin with easy for newbe

    • Posted February 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      There are many different tools available online to help with the writing of Plugins, but these mostly set up the template, not do the code that makes the Plugin go. There is nothing to make that part of the job easier, depending upon what you are doing. If you could give me a clear description, the odds are that there is already a Plugin that does what you want, or close to it, that you could modify.

  3. Pierre
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    Hi, Lorelle. I read some of your posts and I like the new things I learned. I created my first blog and I am learning from others by surfing the internet and reading their posts. I subscribed to get your email updates. Please check my blog and you are welcome to suggest anything to help me improve it. Thanks.

    • Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      Thank you for the nice things, however, as a paid consultant on web development, as you asking to hire me?

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