Custom Plugin

Custom Plugin

Turn your brilliant ideas and unique business requirements into WordPress functionality.

How would one define a Custom WordPress plugin? From WordPress.org Codex article on Writing a Plugin:

WordPress Plugin: A WordPress Plugin is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog, which can be seamlessly integrated with the weblog using access points and methods provided by the WordPress Plugin Application Program Interface (API).

Although WordPress comes with plenty of world class functionality out of the box your website might require additional functionality e.g. a contact or reservation form, event registration that is linked to a calendar, e-commerce functionality – the list is endless.

The first resource to look for WordPress plugins should always be the WordPress.org plugin directory which is an open source directory of free WordPress plugins which can be used by any one for personal or commercial purposes. This directory is meticulously regulated with regards to standards control, when a WordPress plugin developer submits a plugin for inclusion in the directory the plugin is tested thoroughly and checked by WordPress experts to ensure WordPress standards is adhered to as well as that the plugin is of good quality.

Thus there exists a fine collection of already existing free custom WordPress plugins to use in your website that will add specific functionality to it – to name a few of the best including their official plugin descriptions from their respective plugin pages:

  • WordPress SEO by Yoast
    Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin.
  • WooCommerce
    WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Beautifully.
  • NextGEN Gallery
    The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 12 million downloads.
  • Google Analytics by Yoast
    Track your WordPress site easily with the latest tracking codes and lots added data for search result pages and error pages.
  • MailChimp for WordPress
    The best MailChimp plugin to get more email subscribers. Easily add MailChimp sign-up forms and sign-up checkboxes to your WordPress site.

In addition to the WordPress.org plugin directory there are also Premium WordPress plugin marketplaces where one can purchase ready made custom WordPress plugins – this is another excellent source of functionality for your WordPress website and the plugins generally are not expensive and well made. A few examples from the leading Premium WordPress plugin marketplace CodeCanyon:

These custom WordPress plugins are excellent resources and can extend your website functionality considerably – but what if your business model have specific needs that is not catered for by any of the existing free or Premium custom WordPress plugins, or what if you have a unique, brilliant idea that is begging to be converted into a profitable custom WordPress plugin?

Solution – hire a Custom WordPress plugin developer – with over 10 years professional web development experience specializing in WordPress this is what I do for a living and I would welcome the opportunity to assist you in developing your custom WordPress plugin – give me a shout using the contact form.