Plug-in Development (The Final Chapter)
[caption id="attachment_599" align="alignright" width="300"] Customize Login[/caption]Plug-in Development is not as easy as some lead it to be, but it is also not impossible.
I guess this is not the final chapter, but the beginning of an entire new journey...
First off, I DID IT! I released a working, localizable, and customizable plugin. You can download it here
Things I have learned in writing my Plug-In
- Don't put plugin in your name, of course it is a plugin
- Make it localizable but using _e and _ in your strings
- Take the time and write a decent readme.txt
- To create a cool banner, simply upload a banner-772x250.png file to your assets
- Understand even if only barely, what a filter and an action is and how to use each
- START SIMPLE! - The longest journey starts with a single step, uh, the best programs started from a "Hello World"
- Ask for help and search for it - (start in the codex!)
I am sure there a lot more things I learned and continue to learn, but I'm happy with what I got done for my first iteration. Now, time to create a new dashboard, grid system, and custom tables... ok, maybe just refactor my first one.
All in all it was a fun project, and so glad I can say I contributed to the WordPress community. Yes, I updated some docs too, but I am glad to have a good explanation on how to create a plug-in from nothing and the stuff I actually went through. Don't submit hardcoded plug-ins, they will get denied. So thank you for helping me through this new development journey... my hello world is complete... now time to create something even better.
I love the support, the encouragement, and the excitement I have received... Truly thank you all.