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In WordPress: Creating Custom Widgets and Plugins with PHP, Drew Falkman teaches PHP developers how to create custom functionality for WordPress 2.0 through 3.0 using widgets and plugins. This course starts by installing and setting up WordPress 3.0 on both Mac and Windows, then provides an in-depth look at tasks related to these WordPress add-ons: installing and administering, building and customizing, creating editable options and database tables, working with posts and pages, and utilizing jQuery and AJAX. There are also tutorials dedicated to promoting a widget or plugin, adding security, and localizing the interface. Exercise files are included with the course.
So you've done it. You've built the coolest plugin that enables everyone to do the coolest things imaginable in their WordPress installations. So, now what? Now it's time to take it on the road. You're going to have to get it submitted at WordPress.org and get it out there. All the plugins that you look through in the admin are located at the WordPress.org web site. In order to register in there, you can go to the About page for the plugins. There's information located at WordPress.org/extend/plugins/about.
It will tell you information about what you need to do to host your plugins with WordPress.org. There are a few requirements that you have in order to upload your plugin here. It has to be GNU-compatible. This is a specific licensing agreement that basically says it is okay for the people to use it. It has to be legal, so you can't take your code from anywhere else. You have to be able to use subversion and submit it to their subversion repository, and you can't have external links built into your plugin, unless you give the developers that use them or the end users the ability to turn them off.
There is a form located at wordpress.org /extend/plugins/add, and you can see it will give you some information and tell you how to do it. You have to create an account, and then you'll fill out a form, and you'll be able to upload it. One of the requirements for having plugins at the WordPress.org site is creating a readme.txt file. There is a specific standard that they use, and if you go to that About Plugins page, there is a link to the standard you can use to start with.
It basically just tells you some 'gotchas,' has some answers and then a changed log. It's a fairly straightforward process, but make sure to include it, as it's required. Once you've submitted it to the WordPress web site, you can also submit it at other places. There's a WP-Plugins.net and a WP-Plugins.org that you can go to. There are some other WordPress sites; pretty much anywhere where they discuss WordPress, you're welcome to let people know. Bloggingpro.com is a good one. Weblogtoolscollection.com is another.
In addition, the WordPress support forums are open to people announcing new plugins. So there you have it. Once you're done with your plugin, it's a fairly straightforward process to submit it through the WordPress.org web site. In addition, we recommend promoting it to other places on the web.
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