Building Your First Widget

June 15, 2014 by Josh

I spoke today at WordCamp Chicago, talking about building widgets. In my session we learned how to build your first WordPress widget and went step-by-step through the best practices for building a simple widget. We discussed when a widget should be built into a theme or plugin, and when a widget should be its own plugin. You canĀ check out the slides if you’d like to.

The plugin that I used as an example is a simple plugin that allows you to add your name to a sidebar.


The example code is up on Github for themes and plugins.


Hopefully everyone who attended is ready to avenge their fathers, or unleash their own widgets out into the world!

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