Create a Plugin
To create a WordPress plugin, simply create a folder and within it a file with a single line of content.
- Navigate to the
wp-content/pluginsdirectory of your WordPress installation.
- Create a new directory to hold your plugin. Name the directory with a unique prefix.
- Inside your new plugin directory, create a
.phpfile with the same name as the directory.
The contents of the
my-prefix_my-plugin-name.php file is at least a PHP block with a comment block inside it which defines the Plugin Name:
<?php /* Plugin Name: Awesomeness Creator */ ?>
If you intend to distribute your plugin, you should add a more robust comment block:
<?php /** * The plugin bootstrap file * * This file is read by WordPress to generate the plugin information in the plugin * admin area. This file also includes all of the dependencies used by the plugin, * registers the activation and deactivation functions, and defines a function * that starts the plugin. * * @link http://something.com/to-my-source-code/like-maybe-at-github * @since 1.0.0 * @package My-prefix_my-plugin-name * * @wordpress-plugin * Plugin Name: Snippets * Plugin URI: http://something.com/to-my-source-code/like-maybe-at-github * Description: This is a short description of what the plugin does. It's displayed in the WordPress admin area. * Version: 1.0.0 * Author: John Doe * Author URI: http://something.com/to-my-author-profile * License: GPL-2.0+ * License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.txt * Text Domain: my-prefix_my-plugin-name * Domain Path: /languages */ ?>