Chapter 2. Plugin Foundation
WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?
Creating a solid plugin foundation
Determining directory and file paths
Using Activate and Deactivate functions
Understanding available plugin uninstall methods
Managing sanity practices and coding standards
Understanding proper code documentation
Using plugin development checklists
When developing a plugin in WordPress, it's essential to start with a solid plugin foundation. Starting with a good foundation can eliminate many headaches as you develop your new plugin. The techniques discussed in this chapter will be used throughout this book as a good example of what to do.
CREATING A PLUGIN FILE
A plugin in WordPress can be a single PHP file or a group of files inside a folder. You need to consider many things when creating a new plugin in WordPress such as the plugin name and proper folder usage.
Naming Your Plugin
When choosing a name for your plugin, it's good practice to consider a name based on what your plugin actually does. For example, if you create an SEO-focused plugin, you wouldn't want to name it Bob's Plugin. Your audience would have no idea what your plugin actually does based on the plugin name. Your plugin name should be unique to your plugin and should also be descriptive of your plugin's purpose.
It's also a good idea to search the Plugin Directory on WordPress.org (
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/) for similar plugins to avoid confusion. If you decide to name your plugin SEO Gold, and a plugin named SEO Silver already ...