Since the inception of the WordPress in the early 2000, (i.e. in 2003), this CMS (Content Management System) has greatly surprised the web developers and software professionals all over the world. Developed from a simple blogging platform, this tool has risen to become an interactive, full-fledged and awesome CMS nowadays.
In addition, the WordPress tool is responsible for providing various featuristic and appealing websites all over the web. Not only that it has really made website more customer-friendly and easy to use too. If you are a WordPress developer, you are absolutely acquainted with the variety of plug-ins, modules, and extensions, etc. These not only help in creating dynamic websites but ones which are function based web portals.
Although such freebies are quite handy and the best option for creating effective and interactive website development, but somewhat it is better if you design a customized toolkit which could simply boost your WordPress run projects. Let us check out how the WordPress built in tools are effective.
Getting Used to the Built-In Features of WordPress
Now, before one delves into the into the making or designing of the WordPress toolkit, WordPress developers must get used to the powerful and strong built-in hooks which are often found in most of the WordPress installations. Basically, it is very much easy to just shift the filters and action from the theme to a normal plug-in aspect, thereby helping one to establish a single codebase which can be used across various installations.
Whenever the loop of the WordPress runs, there are three basic actions which are executed – the post, loop end, and loop start, etc. One can use such actions with other conditional tags for moderating and displaying contents in any kind of loop. So, it is not surprising to see that most of the website owners are selecting PSD to WordPress conversion in order to make improvisation in the website and its performance.
Now all this is possible due to the presences of the WordPress toolkit making it quite possible for web designers and developers to create major tweaks in the WordPress run website. Lets check out how we can start creating a custom and user-friendly WordPress toolkit –
- Usage of PHP Class
Basically, in order to avoid any amount of conflicts with the various other codes, developers are advised to use the simple PHP Class in order to store the various codes. So, by doing this, one can ensure that codes are stored. In addition, doing this, it ensures that the fully loaded plugins are stored before the execution.
- Definition of the Class Properties
Here, one has to give a definition of the properties which can be used within the given WordPress toolkit. Some of the examples of this are given below for reference –
public $advertising_code = ”;
public $tracking_id = ”;
public $display_every_x = 3;
public $tracking_location = ‘footer’;
private $_post_counter = 0;
- Execution of the Init() step
Now in the class constructor, you would have to add the hook on the given plug-ins. This has to be loaded thereby helping in the execution of the init() step. Basically, this function would help one to determine the turning off and on of the various functionality. So, by hooking up the available functions of the plugin-ins ( which are loaded hook), it is easy for one to get assurance that instant access can be available to all the plugi-ins which are activated before the codes are executed.
- Execution of the remove generator tag
In this step you need to define the call remove function so that the wp generator function can be removed from the so called wp head section.
- Execution and Displaying of the Google Analytic Code
Here one would need to define the output of the Google Analytic and tracking code. Basically, displaying the google analytic code is one of the best methods which you can either set in the theme or in a different loader plugin. By doing so, it will easily enable one to maintain or update the toolkits across various kinds of WordPress installation, which would easily save you from the given hassles in keeping track of various kinds of versions (modified).
You could use the below set of codings –
$yourname_wordpress_toolkit->tracking_location = ‘header’
$yourname_wordpress_toolkit->tracking_id = ‘your_tracking_id_here’;
- Executing and Displaying the Advertising Code
Here you would need to hook the advertising code method (which is the display) into the available post hook and then use the given $ internal counter property so that you can keep track of the given number of post which can be displayed on the loop. Here you can user the code which are common for setting the various number of post lying between the advertising codes.
- Class Instantiating
Now towards the ultimate end of the given plugin file, especially before the PHP tags are closed, you would need to instantiate the class.
- Saving Final Starter Tool Kit on to the file
Once the above step of the class instantiating is successfully executed, then you have now finished creating the starter WordPress toolkit. Once that is done, you can easily save the given file in any name as you wish and it has to be saved in the wp-content or the plug-in folder.