WordPress has been the top choice when it comes to CMS tool. What’s more interesting is the history behind its existence. Initially created as blogging software, it went on to power 22% of the web today! And the best part is it does not seem to stop any time soon.
So what is this WordPress that took the world by storm? Let’s start with a simple definition. WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS).
If you are new to WordPress and want to develop your own WordPress plug-in, you have reached right place. Here you will know all the things that you need to keep in mind while creating an awesome plug-in. Note that we will not discuss the technicalities here and will focus on the logics and other aspects behind the plug-in. You see, anybody can have technical knowledge but what really matter is how you implement your knowledge to create what you planned.
First thing first, building your first plug-in will not be a cakewalk. You have to consider various things before we say start. Here are the 3 most important things one should keep in mind while developing a WordPress plug-in.
Know your Passion
What will you do if you were told to make something you don’t like? You might end up making something which is not at par with the competition. So you really have to dig in deep and find out what exactly you want to achieve with a particular plug-in and make sure this is related to something you love to do. Once you have something you are passionate about, you will go on to make the most of it.
Do your Homework: Understand Client’s requirement
Talk to your client as much as you can. Make sure you have answer to What, Who, Why, When and How before starting the project. Ask your client “What” exactly they want, “Who” their target audiences are, “Why” it is needed, so as to get an insight of their motive behind the requirement, and by “When” they want it live. Finally ask yourself “How” you plan to achieve it.
This requires you to sit down and think hard about what you needed the plug-in to do to achieve the goal. If you have answer to all the above questions, there are least chances of failure.
Have a Plan and a Back-up Plan
Most of the WordPress developers have a certain plan of action. Everybody has a methodology for day-to-day activities; the key is to ensure that you implement it to WordPress development too. You need to focus entirely on what you want to achieve. It is important to write the code before you go on to develop it. Sketch out all the factors that can affect your work. Make sure you do a reality check every now and then to ensure that the work is on the right track, so that your hard-work does not go in vein.
Once through with the development, make it a point to test it several times to spot bugs, if any. Creating a clean, organized and testable code makes future updates far easier. WordPress provides one of the biggest support system, so you can use as much help as you need.
Remember that perfection does not exist. So make sure you don’t put your life at stake. Chances are that you might fail in your endeavors in the beginning. That is why it is very important to have a back-up plan which will save your time and energy. Happy coding!