WordPress Plugin Development consists of a few different stages. If you are not sure what WordPress plugins are click on the link in this sentence.
Establish a detailed functionality plan for your WordPress Plugin
This is a very important first step that will help create a successful WordPress Plugin development plan. It will also ensure that you will get exactly the plugin you are looking for. The specs can be written in Google docs as a list and then shared with us. We will review them and provide our suggestions and thoughts. Our estimate will be based on the final version of this list, which will also include all questions that we might have answered and any improvements we might suggest.
How will the WordPress plugin work with your theme?
First, examine the limitations of the WordPress theme you are going to use and imagine how the WordPress plugin will interact with it. Will some of the design elements need to be created specifically for it- or can the existing theme elements be used? Image is important, but functionality is even more so- we can help you keep both in balance.
Will it scale?
Based on your traffic and what pages the plugin is going to be used on it’s important to estimate a potential load plugin will generate. To make it scale a particular approach might be needed, like outsourcing search or CPU functionality or caching might be needed.
Will it be secure?
Think about what data the plugin will be working with and how sensitive it will be. Ideally a plugin will not store any private user date on the site but will use another secure third party resource for that. We never set the security of our clients on the back burner!
Can you sell it?
Absolutely. One thing to keep in mind though is that any plugin will have to be supported and that’s something we can discuss if you are interested in turning your WordPress plugin into a product that others will buy.
Rules we follow in our Wordpress Plugin Development
- The WordPress Coding Standards are followed very closely as well as the Inline Documentation Standards.
- Unique function name prefixes and names and sometimes classes as in object oriented programming are used.
- No hard-coding the WordPress database table prefix into plugins.
- Minimal amount of writing to the database.
- Where possible WordPress’ APIs are used instead of direct SQL.
- Existing database tables are used instead of creating new custom tables.
- Select statements are greatly optimized.
- Elimination of PHP errors by using define('WP_DEBUG', true) and fixing all errors.
As a result we deliver very good quality plugins for very affordable hourly rates.