WordPress offers a world of possibilities if you are curious enough to explore them. The most popular blog-publishing platform is not limited by its default configurations. You can improve your website with the innumerable plugins, hooks and custom fields — new versions are being created almost every day by the global developer community!


We’ve selected only the best articles on how to use extensions for WordPress with an amazing collection of copy-paste coding snippets. They explain advanced methods and techniques which go beyond front-end experience and show how to customize back-end experience. After reading this eBook, you will be able to transform your website into whatever you want – you just have to use your imagination.


  • The Definitive Guide To WordPress Hooks
  • Custom Fields Hacks For WordPress
  • Power Tips For WordPress Template Developers
  • Advanced Power Tips For WordPress Template Developers
  • Advanced Power Tips for WordPress Template Developers: Reloaded
  • Lessons Learned From Maintaining a WordPress Plugin
  • Ten Things Every WordPress Plugin Developer Should Know
  • Create Perfect Emails For Your WordPress Website
  • Writing WordPress Guides for the Advanced Beginner
  • Advanced Layout Templates In WordPress’ Content Editor

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free) 
  • Pages: 166
  • Language: English 
  • Released: November 2011
  • Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
  • ISBN: 978-3-943075-18-2

Excerpt From Chapter 3

Power Tips For WordPress Template Developers — by Jacob Goldman

With its latest releases, WordPress has extended its potential well beyond blogging, moving toward an advanced, robust and very powerful content management solution. By default, WordPress delivers a very lightweight, minimal system that offers only basic functionalities. But where the WordPress core falls short, there are a wealth of plug-ins that extend its limitations.

Plug-ins often offer simple solutions, but they are not always elegant solutions: in particular, they can add a noticable overhead, e.g. if they offer more functionality than needed. In fact, some general and frequently needed WordPress-functionalities can be added to the engine without bloated plugins, using the software itself.

Excerpt From Chapter 6

Ten Things Every WordPress Plugin Developer Should Know — by Dave Donaldson

The first thing you should do when developing a WordPress plugin is to enable debugging, and I suggest leaving it on the entire time you’re writing plugin code. When things go wrong, WordPress raises warnings and error messages, but if you can’t see them then they might as well have not been raised at all.

Enabling debugging also turns on WordPress notices, which is important because that’s how you’ll know if you’re using any deprecated functions. Deprecated functions may be removed from future versions of WordPress, and just about every WordPress release contains functions slated to die at a later date. If you see that you are using a deprecated function, it’s best to find its replacement and use that instead.

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