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How to Develop a Plugin

WordPress plugins are (mostly) made of ‘php’ scripts and HTML/CSS/JS files, and enhance existing features or add new ones to your blog website. Most of the WordPress users need no or limited plugins, whereas others enjoy varied plugin features like updated weather reports, rating systems and many others. Hence, WordPress plugins are optional and need-based, and are usually works-in-progress, as these can be modified and expanded as the WordPress website grows and changes.

Interested in developing a WordPress plugin for your own site or for others? Here is an overview of the steps involved:

1. Name the plugin. Preferably, choose a name that reflects its function. Carry out a Google search to ensure that your plugin name is unique.
2. Create a PHP file in the UTF-8 encoding format and name it in accordance with your chosen plugin name. Just as we communicate in our preferred language, WordPress does that in PHP, a programming language.

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3. Save this file in ‘wp-content’ => ‘plugins’ directory.
4. Include ‘ at the beginning of your PHP file.
5. Put standard information header in your PHP file for WordPress to recognize your plugin, and include it in the plugin management screen to enable its activation, load it and finally run it.
6. Include licensing information following the header as a standard process.
7. Program your plugin to enable it to do what you want it to.
8. Activate your plugin now and now you officially are a WordPress plugin creator!

Whether you are a beginner and need help with developing your first plugin ever, or you are an advanced programmer and need a tailor-made plugin for your business website, contact WordPress specialists at for plugin development and support.

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