How To Create WordPress Plugin

To create a WordPress plugin, you will need to have a basic understanding of PHP and WordPress. Here is a general outline of the steps you will need to follow:

  1. Choose a unique name for your plugin, and create a new folder with that name in the wp-content/plugins directory of your WordPress installation.
  2. Create a new PHP file with the same name as your plugin folder, and add the plugin header information at the top of the file. This will include the plugin name, version, and a brief description.
  3. Next, you will need to create the main plugin file. This will be the main PHP file where you will add the main functionality of your plugin. You can include other PHP files as needed to organize your code.
  4. In the main plugin file, you will need to create a function that will be called when the plugin is activated. This function should register any custom post types, taxonomies, shortcodes, or other features that you want to add to WordPress.
  5. Once you have added the main functionality of your plugin, you can create functions for any additional features that you want to add. These can include custom settings pages, widget areas, and more.
  6. Finally, you will need to add code to your plugin file to handle plugin deactivation and deletion. This will ensure that any custom data created by your plugin is cleaned up when the plugin is no longer in use.

Once you have completed these steps, you can activate your plugin from the WordPress admin dashboard, and start using it on your site. It’s also a good idea to test your plugin thoroughly before making it available to others.

For more detailed information and instructions, you can refer to the WordPress Codex or seek out tutorials and resources online. It may also be helpful to have a working knowledge of the WordPress platform and its structure.

Here is an example of a basic WordPress plugin that registers a custom post type called “Books”:

Plugin Name: Books Post Type
Plugin URI:
Description: A plugin to create a custom post type for books
Version: 1.0
Author: John Doe
Author URI:

function books_post_type() {
    register_post_type('book', array(
        'labels' => array(
            'name' => 'Books',
            'singular_name' => 'Book',
            'add_new' => 'Add New',
            'add_new_item' => 'Add New Book',
            'edit_item' => 'Edit Book',
            'new_item' => 'New Book',
            'view_item' => 'View Book',
            'search_items' => 'Search Books',
            'not_found' => 'No books found',
            'not_found_in_trash' => 'No books found in trash'
        'public' => true,
        'menu_position' => 5,
        'supports' => array('title', 'editor', 'thumbnail'),
        'taxonomies' => array('category', 'post_tag'),
        'menu_icon' => 'dashicons-book'
add_action('init', 'books_post_type');

This plugin creates a custom post type called “book” and adds it to the WordPress admin dashboard. It also defines labels for the post type, sets the visibility and menu position, and enables support for the title, editor, and thumbnail fields. The code also registers the “category” and “post_tag” taxonomies for the post type, and sets the menu icon to the default book icon.

The books_post_type() function is hooked to the init action, so it will be called when WordPress initializes. This ensures that the custom post type is registered and available for use.

Here is another example of a basic WordPress plugin that adds a custom message to the top of each post on your website:

Plugin Name: Custom Message
Description: Adds a custom message to the top of each post

function custom_message_init() {
  add_filter( 'the_content', 'custom_message_filter' );
add_action( 'wp_loaded', 'custom_message_init' );

function custom_message_filter( $content ) {
  $custom_message = "<p>This is a custom message that will be added to the top of each post.</p>";
  return $custom_message . $content;

You can add more features and functionality to your plugin by creating additional functions and hooking them to appropriate WordPress actions and filters. For more information, you can refer to the WordPress Plugin Developer Handbook:

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