The first steps to create WordPress plugin

Plugins are an integral part of the WordPress world and the necessary part of great sites. Their job is to bring new features and functions to your website. You can choose among thousands of plugins that are all available in the WordPress directory. Plugins are divided into two categories – free and premium. In this tutorial, we will show you the first steps to create WordPress plugin.

What are the WordPress plugins?

Plugins are the small software written in PHP, which works above the WordPress core, but they don’t change it. They are expanding the functionality of your WordPress site and allow you to create practically any kind of the website. We can compare them with smartphone or tablet apps.

Administrators can install/uninstall them from the admin dashboard, or manually using FTP. Be careful and never download plugins from untrusted websites.

The first steps to create your WordPress plugin

The necessary part of the open-source world is codex. Codex is a set of rules about formatting and coding. It is also an online manual for WordPress with information and documentation. In this documentation, you can get the summary knowledge about themes, plugins, API or posts. When creating a WordPress plugin, you should follow all recommendations from the codex.

Plugin name

The first task of the WordPress codex about creating the plugin is to set a name. This name usually represents the principal purpose of the plugin. You should check out plugin repositories to choose the unique name.

PHP file of your plugin

In the second step, you have to create a PHP file named by your plugin. (That’s the reason why the name of the plugin should be unique and you can’t have two same files in the directory for plugin installation.) This file can contain PHP, JavaScript, CSS, images and language files. Place all of these files into a component and upload to wp-content/plugins/. For full description of the directories, you can visit WordPress codex about writing a plugin. You should also add Readme File, which is a necessary part of all plugins hosted on the

The header comment of your plugin

The comment section of your WordPress plugin brings information about the plugin and the author. The obligatory part of your plugin header is a plugin name. You will see this name in the list of plugins in your Admin Dashboard. You should also add information about the version, license, and author. Short description of the plugin and URI of the plugin homepage and author’s website are standards, too.

Code example

add_action(‘init’, ‘hello_world’);
function hello_world()
echo “Hello World!!!”;

If you are thinking about creating plugin adapted to your requirements, you can always ask for some WordPress technical support, like our MyWPStaff team. Hope that this article helped you. For more posts about WordPress please visit our blog.