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Top 10 Resources: WordPress Plugin Development

It’s one thing to build a WordPress site with custom code; it’s quite another to build your own plugin or template. While WordPress’s architecture makes it easy to expand functionality, creating a template or plugin is a serious development project that represents a step forward for a WordPress professional. Below we present our top 10 links on how to plan and execute such a project, and some opinions on how to price custom development work for WordPress.


Developing WordPress Plugins and Templates

17 Ways to Come up with Great WordPress Plugin Ideas

If you’re wondering about techniques that help developers come up with winning plugin ideas, I’ve compiled a list of 17 plugin inspirations. These are not groundbreaking ideas, but can certainly help you get the push you need, if you are currently in the “developer’s block” stage. I’ve included real world examples for each plugin idea, so you can better understand how to reverse engineer each method and use it yourself to come up with plugin ideas.

Creating Custom Page Templates in WordPress

Page templates in WordPress are a great way to add structural variations or highly customized functionality to your website. They are easy to create so newcomers can get started, but they offer enough potential to keep even seasoned professionals busy. In this article, we’ll take a look at what page templates are and how you can use them to make your website better.

The Plugins You Need to Create a News Site with WordPress

In this article, we’re going to cover some of more popular plugins you might consider if you’re running a news-based website. There will be a combination of plugins that are both paid and free and we’re going to break them into two primary categories: front-end and back-end.

10 Free WordPress Plugins for Developers (Must-Have)

Everyone working with WordPress code should have a set of nice and functional WordPress plugins for developers in his or her workflow. There are certain plugins that are really a must-have. So in this roundup, I have enumerated 10 WordPress plugins for developers, to help you improve your development workflow and do more with WordPress.

How to Create a WordPress Plugin

WordPress Plugins allow users to easily modify, customize, and enhance any WordPress website. Instead of changing the core software WordPress is built on you can rather create a plugin to extend it. This article will walk you through the steps of creating a WordPress plugin.

How to Create a Class-Based WordPress Plugin That Makes Sense

I've noticed that a bunch of the how-to-write-a-plugin articles out there focus on demonstrating the minimum amount of code needed to get a plugin going. Not many focus on good plugin structure or convention. This tutorial explains how to create a class based WordPress plugin that makes sense.

How to Publish a Plugin to WordPress Plugin Repository

WordPress plugins are very simple to develop. If you know the basics of PHP and WordPress then it is just a weekend hack to build one. This article explains how to publish your plugin in the WordPress plugin repository.

An Opinionated Guide to Local Environments for WordPress Development

After creating our own WordPress multilingual plugin, we wanted to share some information about how we developed it. This guide runs you through the basics to set up a PHP development environment for plugin development. Many steps in this guide are intended for Mac OSX systems running WordPress on a virtual Ubuntu server. If you are attempting to follow this on a different platform, the steps might be different.


Pricing WordPress Development

How Much Does a Custom WordPress Plugin Cost?

Some questions don't really have an answer until you ask the question a bit more precisely. If you're just here for a numerical answer, here it is: "Between $100 and $10,000,000." Why the large range? Because some questions—like “How old is a painting?” and “What color is a girl’s hair?” — simply don’t have an answer until you ask the question more precisely. “How much does a custom plugin cost?” is one of those. So if you think you may need a custom plugin and you’ve found this page: Welcome, and let’s talk plugins!

Do Most WordPress Developers Charge Too Much?

I have seen WordPress development costs range anywhere from $500 - $2,500+ for just a fairly simple website (a blog page and 1-3 inner page designs). When you can get a professional looking WordPress theme for just $50-200 that comes with very simple options to customize the theme, is $2,000+ justified? Before we can answer that, I’d like to share some stories with you.

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