Ultimate WordPress Plugin Course

Learn how to Plan, Code and Publish WordPress Plugins in this step-by-step course by an Expert Developer
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  • Lectures 49
  • Length 9 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

If your phone were WordPress then Wordpress Plugins are the apps! And of course, we all know that it's really the apps that make our phones great. Basically, if you take this course you'll become a WordPress app developer!

This course takes you from plugin idea to the final product. By the end of the course you will have a working email list building plugin (like MailChimp) and the skills to create, customize and sell your WordPress plugins online!

NOTE:
During this course I teach you how to dramatically speed up development by leveraging two existing plugins designed specifically for WordPress plugin development: Custom Post Types UI and Advanced Custom Fields. However, your completed plugin DOES NOT REQUIRE THESE PLUGINS TO BE INSTALLED in order to work and I teach this in the course. Custom Post Types UI is a shortcut to generating the PHP code for WordPress's built in register_post_type() function. Later in the course we include this PHP in our own file and no longer need CPTUI. Advanced Custom Fields is a library of functions that makes it easier to create custom fields and save post meta data. Additional lectures are coming to this course soon teaching the manual way of doing this as well.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic HTML, JavaScript, and PHP knowledge
  • Basic familiarity with the WordPress platform
  • Wordpress Install
  • Web Browser

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Make custom Wordpress Plugins
  • Customize existing WordPress Plugins
  • Make money online selling WordPress Plugins
  • Level up your skill-set and increase your chances of landing new projects or getting hired

What is the target audience?

  • Web Designers
  • Web Developers
  • Wordpress Developers
  • PHP Programmers
  • Anyone wanting to make money online
  • Entrepreneurs

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to The Ultimate WordPress Plugin Course!
01:08

Congratulations on purchasing this course! Let me tell you why you made a great decision and how it's going to change your life!

01:33

If you haven't been convinced already, this lesson we'll explain why WordPress Plugins are so great.

16:27

Throughout the course I'm going to be developing our WordPress plugin using a local PHP server called MAMP. This allows me to do development offline and if for some reason I cause a PHP error, it's not going to mess up a live website and deter real web traffic. If you'd like to develop locally as well, this next lesson will show you how to set up your development environment and install a fresh copy of WordPress. We'll also install a free code editor (if you need one) called Adobe Brackets.

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Section 2: Concepts & Definitions
04:41

In this lesson we find answer the question, 'WordPress plugin anyway?'

02:36

In this lesson we look at what a 'WordPress Hook' is and why it's absolutely integral to WordPress Plugin Development.

02:56

In this lesson we look at common actions and filters used when developing WordPress plugins.

03:36

In this lesson we define WordPress Post Types as well as look at the advantages of using them when developing plugins.

01:24

In this lesson we define what a 'Shortcode' is.

Section 3: Let's make a Plugin!
07:26

It's been said before, failing to plan is planning to fail… So in this lesson we're going to plan the plugin we'll be creating in this course.

05:33

Without header data WordPress can't find your Plugin! In this lesson we learn what header data is and how to use it to get our very own plugin to appear in the WordPress Plugin admin.

21:37

It's time to make our Plugin do some work! In this lesson we learn about Shortcodes and then we make our own to display our email capture form.

07:13

In this lesson we learn how to create custom post types without writing a single line of code using the Custom Post Types UI plugin.

11:26

In this lesson we learn how to make custom fields without writing any code using the Advanced Custom Fields plugin.

23:16

In this lesson we learn what admin columns are and then we add a few of our own.

13:03

In this lesson we make our email capture form work by writing custom functions for adding new subscribers.

11:32

In this lesson we continue writing functions for handling email capture form submissions.

12:33

In this lesson we continue writing functions for handling email capture form submissions.

12:29

In this lesson we continue writing functions for handling email capture form submissions.

06:48

In this lesson we add some form validation and error handling for our new add subscription action.

Section 4: Including Scripts
19:04

In this lesson we make our email capture form more user friendly by writing custom javascript that handles our form posts and responses.

05:38

In this lesson we make our email capture form look good by writing custom CSS and including enqueueing it in the header.

09:23

In this lesson we learn how to include the Advanced Custom Fields plugin within our plugin directory so we can take advantage of ACF's awesome features wherever our plugin goes.

04:35

In this lesson we learn how to include our custom post types in our plugin so we can relinguish our dependance on the Custom Post Types UI plugin.

Section 5: Menus and Pages
04:32

In this lesson we're going to learn about WordPress admin pages and how to create our own.

14:08

In this lesson we're going to learn about Admin Menus and we're going to add three admin menus for the Admin Pages we just created in our previous lesson.

14:36

In this lesson we're going to update our plugin options page with a form for managing default plugin options.

11:12

In this lesson we're going to learn how to save plugin options.

Section 6: Automated Emails
27:57

In this lesson we're going to create an unsubscribe feature so if our email list sucks people have a way to get out of it.

20:26

In this lesson we're going to learn how to send automated emails through WordPress's built-in wp_mail function.

20:07

In this lesson we're going to update our subscription process to require new subscribers to opt-in through a unique opt-in link we generate and include in their initial subscription email.

03:09

In this lesson we're going to create a new automated email that get's sent out once a subscriber has confirmed their subscription.

Section 7: Handling Files
13:42

In this lesson we're going to use the Advanced Custom Fields plugin again to create new custom fields for adding optional reward files to our email lists.

08:41

In this lesson we're going to learn how to add a custom database table to the WordPress database.

31:13

In this lesson we're going to create unique reward links that we will then email to new subscribers when they opt-in to an email list.

13:06

In this lesson we're going learn how to expire our reward links after "x" number of downloads, "x" being equal to the user defined "Reward Download Limit" we set up in our plugin options page.

Section 8: Importing & Exporting
12:43

In this lesson we're going to learn how to export our subscriber data as a CSV file. The great thing about this file is it can be used to import our subscribers into other email platforms like MailChimp.

08:00

In this lesson we're going to update our Subscribers list page to include a new "Subscriptions" column. In this column we're going to display the number of active subscribers a list has a we're going to add a new link for exporting those subscribers.

12:24

In this lesson we're going to complete our custom admin page called "Import Subscribers". This page will eventually include a dynamic import process that allows users to upload a CSV file and then select which data they wish to import as well as which list they wish to import to.

29:30

In this lesson we're going to learn how to read a CSV file in PHP and convert the results to a PHP array that we can later user to import new subscriber data.

17:12

In this lesson we're going to complete our import feature and learn how to programatically insert new subscribers into the database.

Section 9: Activation & Uninstall
07:48

In this lesson we're going to learn how to check the current WordPress version on plugin activation. If the version isn't one we've tested we're going to display an admin message on the plugins page.

16:31

In this lesson we're going to learn how to cover our tracks when a plugin is uninstalled. Leave no 1 behind! …or 0, don't leave those either.

Section 10: What to do with your Plugins
06:46

In this lesson we're going to make some last minute updates to our plugin to fix some small things before we consider releasing her into the wild.

13:47

In this lesson we're going to package our plugin in preparation for submitting to the WordPress plugin directory.

03:29

In this lesson we're going to look at a couple of easy ways to host our plugin.

02:52

In this lesson we're going to learn how to submit our plugin to the WordPress directory.

08:09

In this lesson we're going to learn how to manage our plugin updates with Subversion.

07:17

In this lesson we're going to look at a couple of easy ways to sell your plugins online.

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