WordPress Plugin Development Essentials: A book review by Bob Morris

WordPress Plugin Development Essentials
Brian Bondari and Everett Griffiths
Packt Publishing  (2011)

A Practical, hands-on tutorial for creating your own plugins for a WordPress website

As is also true of other Packt publications, this book has prepared me well to work with technical and graphics specialists whom I have retained to develop for me a “fully-functional, dynamic” WordPress website. That is to say, Brian Bondari, Everett Griffiths, and their colleagues have provided a comprehensive and cohesive briefing on how I can work effectively with the specialists to create or select appropriate plugins to extend and add features to my WordPress site.

I do not fully understand all of the material provided in Chapter 6 (“Standardized Custom Content”), for example, that begins the process of extending WordPress usage as a content management system. However, given the volume of content that I continue to create or adapt, it has been immensely helpful to me to know (and understand) which questions to ask throughout the website development process, one that will probably be never-ending. But at least I can express my wishes and intentions as various modifications are made in weeks and months ahead.

This book comes as close as any single volume can to be a practical, hands-on tutorial for non-technicians such as I as well as for those developers with limited experience with the WP platform. Readers will especially appreciate the direct and personal rapport that Bondari and Griffiths establish with them as well as the summaries that appear at the conclusion of the 10 chapters (Pages 26, 44, 66,102, 135, 165, 190, 211, 235, and 258), the two appendices: “Recommended Resources” that really are valuable and a “WordPress API Reference” section to which most readers will frequently refer.


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