If we had to rank the reasons we love WordPress , plugins would be near the top of the list. These handy tools let you add all kinds of features to your site in seconds. In fact, you can create a plugin with just a few lines of code, and you need very little prior knowledge or experience to put together something simple. Otherwise, it should be a plugin. For this reason, the breadth of possibilities offered by plugins is huge. You can use them to add opt-in forms, sliders, or pop-ups. They can be very simple, such as Hello Dolly , which displays a random line from the titular song in the dashboard.
What Are WordPress Plugins?
Writing a Plugin?
Whereas themes modify the look of your website, plugins change how it functions. So, if we have this functions. When should we use one, and when should we create our own? The line here is blurrier than you might think, and the answer will often depend on your needs.
The most important reason to create a plugin is that it allows you to separate your own code from the WordPress core code. If something goes wrong with your plugin, the rest of the site will generally continue to function. Altering the core WP code can be catastrophic. With the more advanced plugin features provided by WordPress, you are even able to create plugins that change the way core functions work without actually altering their code. You can also use FTP software like FileZilla to upload your files, and the how to configure FileZilla client tutorial will teach you how. You will write a new function, call existing WordPress functions using parameters , and write PHP comments.
In this tutorial, we will go through the process of creating a plugin for WordPress. A WordPress plugin extends the WordPress core and is intended to be reusable code or functionality across multiple projects. This is one of the most interesting things about it - you can share your code or functionality on the web.