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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.
WordPress is more than just blog software; it's become the standard publishing platform for millions of sites around the world, from celebrity sites like Kim Kardashian and Margaret Cho, to online publishing powerhouses like the Wall Street Journal magazine and CNN. WordPress is also a powerful publishing toolkit. It's robust. It's easy to use, and it's extremely extensible. In this movie, we were going to take a look at the basics of WordPress. WordPress allows admins and authors to create posts and pages. These are essentially the building blocks of blogs.
WordPress allows for the integration of all kinds of different media, for video, for plugging into sites like Facebook and Twitter, and for performing all kinds of different tasks. It can be installed locally, it can be hosted at WordPress.com, or it can be run in a hosting environment; it's all up to you. You can view sites through an RSS feed or through a traditional web site, via a browser or using a mobile device.
WordPress.org is the center for all things WordPress. Here you can find information about different versions of WordPress. You can find information about development. You can find information about how to use and extend WordPress. WordPress has an administrator where site administrators can add new plugins. They can create posts. They can edit the appearance and edit all the content inside of WordPress. In addition, the look and feel of WordPress can be changed by using themes.
There are over a thousand themes at the WordPress.org web site that can be downloaded for free. You can create your own custom themes, or you can start with these themes and add on and make them your own. In addition, the plugin API allows for the addition of tons of different functionality, for integrating with Facebook, for outputting an iPhone web site, for generating XML, for social networking, and literally thousands of other tasks. WordPress has become a powerful content management system for building more than just blogs.
Using the built-in features and extending WordPress with themes, widgets, and plugins, site admins can have full control over their web site, with little or no programming experience. In the rest of this course, we are going to show you how to use PHP, the open-source application development environment that WordPress uses to further customize WordPress to do exactly as you, your company, or your clients need.
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