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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847193595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847193599
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Vladimir Prelovac

Vladimir Prelovac is the author of many popular WordPress plugins and articles about WordPress optimization, security and maintenance. He actively uses WordPress platform as a base for Internet development strategy for small & mid-sized businesses.

For Vladimir, WordPress development is a full time job about which he happily blogs on his web site prelovac.com.


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It also explains unfamiliar concepts in a way that makes them easy to quickly understand.
Todd Hawley
Even though this book is a "Beginner's Guide," there are a lot things in there that many advanced WordPress plugin developers can benefit from.
Thaya Kareeson
Its a great way for someone like me, who likes to learn by doing, to learn how to create plugins.
Joseph Wilson

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thaya Kareeson on April 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book talks about the why and how of WordPress plugin development with heavy emphasis on the "how". The book's tagline "Learn by doing: less theory, more results" describes the book quite well. There is an introductory chapter that talks about the many benefits of learning WordPress plugin development. After that, the book immediately jumps right into showing you how to develop a series of 6 increasingly challenging WordPress plugins from scratch. It then finishes up by talking about plugin localization, promotion, and support tips.

Even though this book is a "Beginner's Guide," there are a lot things in there that many advanced WordPress plugin developers can benefit from. I don't consider myself a beginner in WordPress plugin development (see my WordPress plugins), and I have definitely learned quite a bit of things after reading this book.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Posadas on June 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping to get one thing out of it: "How to create a plugin which makes use of a custom database table". Unless I missed something, this book doesn't show you how. At least not plainly. All the examples that concerns databases makes use of the existing WP tables.

I would've thought that using custom tables would definitely be in a plugin development book.

But the book did a good job in walking a user through the topics it did cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim McElhiney on March 11, 2014
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The first plugin you build is suppose to add a Digg button to your posts. Problem is the plugin "Digg This" does not work.. So might find yourself banging your head against the wall like I did. First thing I did after checking my code for typos over and over is try the source code you can download.. That does not function either. Okay so I went and installed Vladimir's newer vesion from wordpress.org. The Digg features does not work there either. Why? After at least six hours of trying to resolve this I found out the Digg links do not exist any longer on the Digg site or they are broken.

I went and looked for errata.. None to be found. I went to Vladimir's site and the comments and questions I saw posted as far back as 2009 appear to have no response to them.

So if you are new like me instead of typing in your first plugin and experinece the joy of creating a working plugin in you are left trying to figure out why it does not work. I returned the book. I do not know if the rest of the plugins function but I am not going to risk my time only to be spend hours building non functional plugins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Shane Porter on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
WordPress has gone from strength to strength since it was released in 2003, and much of its success is due to the open source community's commitment to plugin development. Take a look at the WordPress Plugin Directory, and you'll see thousands of plugins that extend the WordPress core to do almost anything you can imagine.

Packt Publishing's WordPress Plugin Development is written by Vladimir Prelovac, a WordPress expert and developer of WordPress plug-ins such as Smart YouTube and Plugin Central. Part of Packt's Beginners Guide series, the book focuses more on experimentation and learning by doing, and develops 6 real-world plugins throughout its 270 or so pages.

Chapter Overview

1. Preparing for WordPress Development
2. Social Bookmarking
3. Live Blogroll
4. The Wall
5. Snazzy Archives
6. Insights for WordPress
7. Post Types
8. Development Goodies

Aimed at developers who are familiar with PHP, the book wastes little time getting straight into coding. Chapter 1 gives an overview of plugin development, and details the six plugins that are developed throughout the course of the book.

1. Digg This

The first plugin simply shows a Digg button in blog posts. It's a good first plugin, since it shows the reader the fundamental Plugin concepts such as the WordPress API, filters and actions.

2. Live Blogrool

This plugin works at making the basic Blogroll a little bit more exciting. I enjoyed this chapter since it talked about integrating jQuery and AJAX into plugins.

3. The Wall

The Wall is a plugin that creates a shoutbox on your blog's sidebar, where users can leave comments and shouts.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hawley on June 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging programs available and plugins associated with it are also quite popular. This book shows the reader how to create your own and provides excellent instructions on doing this. One concept that is discussed early on is "dogfooding your plugins." This means you should strive to create a plugin that satisfies your needs. And while it addresses a need you have, it very likely is one that others have as well. With all the plugins available now, a plugin that addresses a unique need should become popular quickly.

The book devotes chapters to the creation of seven different plugins, including Digg This (social bookmarking plugin), Live Blogroll, The Wall, and Post Types among others. Each chapter describes in step by step details how to create the plugin and gives numerous code examples along the way. It also explains unfamiliar concepts in a way that makes them easy to quickly understand. There are also brief explanations of how JQuery and Ajax (two important programming languages used in developing plugins) work. The book's final chapter gives tips on documenting and promoting your plugin, as well as ways to improve your overall WordPress knowledge.

Every time I check the WordPress plugin directory, it seems there are quite a few amazing new plugins to try out which have been created by talented people. This book will help you to become one of them.
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