Category: Plugins

Newbie’s Guide : Creating Custom WordPress Widgets

Sarah Parker teaches the basics of plugin development with how to create custom WordPress widgets for your customary needs.

For those who run WordPress powered websites understand the importance of adding widgets on their site. Widgets are a great way to add content and additional features on your website. They make it extremely easy for you to simply drag and drop several elements such as sidebar, header, footer, of your website and thus making the most out of its functionality.
By utilizing widgets correctly, you can make your website useful for your visitors. And the best thing about them is, you can use them anywhere you want, thus helping users to find more content on your website.
Many of the WordPress users always search for the perfect WordPress widget that will help them do exactly what they want, but with a little technical knowledge and coding skills, you may find it easier for you to create your own WordPress custom widget.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you the ways through which you can create your custom widget. For a better understanding, I’ll be covering some extra points that you need to understand before you actually start creating the widget itself.

Effective PHP Scripts to use for your WordPress blog

WordPress plugins are effective and easier to use. They do what they are meant to. You can get WP plugins for almost any tweak you want to do with your site. But there are still a few tweaks that can’t be done by plugins. Or, if they could be done — plugins might build seriously more load on your site. To solve this, you can always place some PHP scripts which run into your WordPress’ site’s front-end to offer wanted results. This process doesn’t need installation of plugins and hence strengthens your site’s security and keeps bloat away.

Here is the list of some highly useful PHP scripts to use for your WordPress blog. This list is expandable and will surely expand to larger number of scripts as time moves on. All the codes listed below are error-proof and tested by me on my blogs.