Lots of articles online discuss the ‘sexy’ side of development, such as coding strategies, framework choices, and other ‘fun’ elements. The more practical side of planning and developing WordPress solutions is less on display, although it can be just as interesting (and is absolutely vital).
For example, honing and refining an idea into a laser-focused concept can often be very rewarding – especially when you discover how much this can benefit your actual coding. In addition, while many of the rote tasks involved in plugin development can seem unnecessary at first glance, putting in the work upfront can result in a project completed more quickly than usual.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the requirements for developing a WordPress plugin, focusing on the key practical elements. Let’s get started!
A Brief Overview of the Development Process as You Already Know It
As we alluded to above, you’ll find that many resources on plugin development simply talk about the coding aspect. However, this is only one element in a fairly complex process. In fact, you may find that the actual coding is the least time-intensive task you’ll carry out. This is especially true if you’re already an experienced developer.
Even so, you may want a refresher, or simply a look at how we’ve covered plugin development in the past. With that in mind, here’s a selection of the pieces you can refer to when coding your plugin: