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The slides from my presentation to the Las Vegas Developers meetup group

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An introduction to WordPress Development An introduction to WordPress Development Presentation Transcript

  • An Introduction To WordPress Development by John HawkinsMonday, October 15, 12
  • I’m John I run 9seeds.com / WordPress development I speak at WordCamps nationally I started the Vegas WordPress group (260+) I’ve got 1 wife, 2 kids, 1 cat, 3 dogs, self- diagnosed ADD and OCD. SQUIRREL!Monday, October 15, 12
  • The Misconception About WordPressMonday, October 15, 12
  • WordPress is Just For BloggingMonday, October 15, 12
  • That is... Wrong Not true Complete BS Erroneous False All of the aboveMonday, October 15, 12
  • What is WordPress A content management system An open source project Created by and for the community Free to use for anything from a personal blog to a Fortune 500 web siteMonday, October 15, 12
  • .com vs .org .com is a service .org is downloadable provided by a For software you can use Profit company on any server .com doesn’t allow .org allows unlimited install of your own freedom to do as you plugins / themes wish .com is updated for .org requires you you automatically update the software yourselfMonday, October 15, 12
  • Why I Use WordPress 70,000,000+ sites = big pool of clients Easy to use for end users Helpful community / access to support Can be made to do most anythingMonday, October 15, 12
  • Let’s Get Started But first, a couple rulesMonday, October 15, 12
  • The First Rule of WordPress DevelopmentMonday, October 15, 12
  • The First Rule of WordPress Development You do not edit core filesMonday, October 15, 12The reason for this is that WordPress typically releases 3 major updates per year along with a handful of securityreleases. Any core files you edit will be overwritten with the standard WP upgrade process
  • The Second Rule of WordPress DevelopmentMonday, October 15, 12
  • The Second Rule of WordPress Development You DO NOT edit core filesMonday, October 15, 12Please see slide 11...
  • Standard WordPress StructureMonday, October 15, 12Unless you are making a change to submit as a patch to the core team, you should most likely only be messingwith files in the plugins or themes folders
  • Let’s Build a Plugin Plugins can be a single file or multiple directories of files Create a folder and a php file with matching name inside the plugins folderMonday, October 15, 12
  • my-plugin.phpMonday, October 15, 12This information is all you need in order to tell WordPress that this file is a plugin.
  • Monday, October 15, 12With that little bit of info, our plugin is ready to be activated. Although it won’t do anything yet.
  • Add a FilterMonday, October 15, 12Added a filter which is going to edit the content and run our function in a specified order
  • Create a CSS Folder & FileMonday, October 15, 12
  • Add an ActionMonday, October 15, 12We’ve told WordPress that when it enqueues the rest of the scripts, enqueue ours, too.
  • The End ResultMonday, October 15, 12
  • Some Plugin Resources Don’t write code that WordPress already handles http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference Know your hooks and filters http://adambrown.info/p/wp_hooks Check out the WordPress coding Standards http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Coding_StandardsMonday, October 15, 12- Don’t reinvent the wheel- 1600 hooks and filters- Hooks are actions that fire at specific spots in the code.- Filters typically modify content before displaying it on screen or writing to the database.
  • Let’s Build a Theme Like plugins, a theme can be one or many files Themes add design to your site Themes can also add functionalityMonday, October 15, 12
  • style.cssMonday, October 15, 12This is the only info you need to tell WordPress about our theme
  • Monday, October 15, 12With that little bit of info, our theme is ready to be activatedwhat happens if we activate now?
  • Monday, October 15, 12D’oh! We didn’t add anything to our index file yet...
  • index.php Get started by adding the header/footerMonday, October 15, 12
  • Post Layout, part 1Monday, October 15, 12have_posts() checks page for available contentwhile have_posts will loop through each postthe_title() / the_content()
  • Post Layout, part 2Monday, October 15, 12This is displayed if no posts were on the page_e() allows for translations
  • Hey, We Have a Page!Monday, October 15, 12It may be ugly, but you can see the beginnings of our site.
  • Add Some StyleMonday, October 15, 12Adding the most basic amount of style, and activating our plugin
  • http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_HierarchyMonday, October 15, 12Knowing what template is being used is VERY important.
  • Some Theme Resources The WordPress theme community http://make.wordpress.org/themes/ WordPress CSS Coding Standards http://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/coding-standards/css/Monday, October 15, 12
  • Save Some Time, Create a Child ThemeMonday, October 15, 12Creating a child theme only needs the Template tagImporting the style sheet is a huge shortcut
  • Monday, October 15, 12the original twentyten theme with our plugin activated
  • Monday, October 15, 12The Child theme changes colors, moves menu location, moves sidebar, made it 3 columndoesn’t affect the parent theme at all
  • Questions?Monday, October 15, 12
  • Want to Learn More? http://vegasgeek.com/skillshare-scheduleMonday, October 15, 12
  • Thank You! Email: john@vegasgeek.com Twitter: @vegasgeek Facebook: /vegasgeek I’m sensing a pattern...Monday, October 15, 12