Join Carrie Dils for an in-depth discussion in this video Stay up to date with WordPress development, part of Advanced WordPress: Action and Filter Hooks.
- [Instructor] WordPress is ever evolving and as such, it's good to stay on top of new features. An important thing to know about WordPress is that it builds on itself with each new version, versus replacing itself wholesale with major releases. The WordPress core development team has always worked with an eye toward backward compatibility, sometimes maybe even to a fault, but generally speaking WordPress does a great job of making sure that older code and plugins and themes will still work with the latest versions of WordPress. Even so, you'll still want to stay on top of what's coming down the pipeline, both to know how that could impact code you've written in the past, and to let you know what features you can take advantage of in the future, and because WordPress is open source software and all of the code is public, this is actually really easy to do.
This is make.wordpress.org, and it's the best place to get news about what's going on with various aspects of WordPress. There's core development, design, an accessibility group, language translations, documentation, et cetera. There's a ton here and a ton more. Clicking through any of these would give you more detailed information about what's happening in a particular area. Taking a look at Make WordPress Core here, we've got basic information about the best ways to do things like report a bug or contribute to core, there's an outline of when and where regular meetings take place, and then there's a blog post of topics related to WordPress core.
And if you want, you could sign up for email updates here, and you'd get an email every time the Make WordPress core team published a new article. There's also the managewp.org site, which is a collection of articles related to WordPress, covering different aspects such as the community, plugins, tutorials, the business side of WordPress, et cetera. Anyone can submit an article here, and then the final curation of the articles comes from the folks at ManageWP. This is not official, but I find it's an easy way to quickly glance over what's happening.
There's also the Post Status website, which is a favorite of mine for curated WordPress news. Again, it's unofficial, but the editorials are generally insightful and interesting. So there's certainly other places online where you could keep up with WordPress news and development, but these are a few suggestions, and of course the actual wordpress.org site is always going to be the ultimate resource.
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- Identifying available hooks and filters
- Looking at load order
- Understanding callback functions
- Creating custom hooks
- Using third-party hooks
- Building a new WordPress plugin with filters and actions