Building Your First Functionality Plugin

I gave a talk at WordCamp Minneapolis 2015 about building functionality plugins. We talked about the difference between themes and plugins, and what should go in each. I covered getting setup for writing a plugin, best practices for WordPress development, and gave some real world examples of plugin functionality.

You can check out my slides, or the code the example child theme and example functionality plugin on GitHub.

Update: Here is a video of my talk from WordCamp Minneapolis 2015:

Building Your First Widget

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 can 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.

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

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

Update: Here is a video of my talk from WordCamp Chicago 2014:

WordCamp Milwaukee session slides and links

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Here is some info to go with my WordCamp Milwaukee talk on Theme Choices, When To Have A Baby.

In this presentation I talked about developing with different types of themes including parent themes, child themes, theme frameworks, and starter themes. Some of the specific themes I talked about were TwentyEleven, Thematic, Hybrid, Genesis, and Underscores.

I also talked about splitting up design and functionality, and when to use a functionality plugin. View the presentation slides to learn more.