Creating a WordPress plugin is a great way to add custom functionality to your WordPress site. Here is a tutorial that will guide you through the process of creating a simple WordPress plugin:
- Create a new folder in the “wp-content/plugins” directory of your WordPress installation. This folder will contain your plugin files.
- Create a new PHP file with the same name as your plugin folder. For example, if your plugin folder is called “my-plugin”, your PHP file should be called “my-plugin.php”.
- Open the PHP file and add the following code at the top:
/* Plugin Name: My Plugin Plugin URI: [Insert Plugin URI] Description: A brief description of my plugin Version: 1.0 Author: Your Name Author URI: [Insert Author URI] License: GPL2 */
This code is known as the plugin header and it provides information about your plugin to WordPress. Be sure to replace the placeholder text with your own information.
- Next, you will need to create a function that will contain your plugin code. This function should be named after your plugin, with “init” appended to the end. For example, if your plugin is called “my-plugin”, your function should be called “my_plugin_init”.
Inside this function, you can add your custom plugin code. For example, you might want to add a custom shortcode or a custom widget.
- Once you have written your plugin code, you need to register it with WordPress. To do this, add the following line of code at the end of your plugin file:
This will tell WordPress to run your plugin code when the “init” action is triggered.
- Finally, save your plugin file and activate your plugin from the WordPress admin dashboard.
That’s it! You now have a working WordPress plugin. You can continue to build on this foundation by adding more functionality and customising your plugin to meet your specific needs.
I hope this tutorial has been helpful in getting you started with WordPress plugin development. Happy coding!