WordPress Plugin Development

The flexible plugin architecture is one of the most powerful features of WordPress. With it we’re able to integrate with services, add intricate functionality, and extend your website in a limitless number of ways. If we’re adding custom functions to your site, there’s a good bet that we’re doing it through a plugin.

We Write Plugins

There are two approaches to WordPress plugin development at Pixel Jar. We’re either extending an existing plugin to tackle that “one more thing” that you need your site to do or we’re developing an entirely new plugin to handle a specific task. We love to develop an entirely new plugin concept for a client. And when we’re extending an existing plugin we’re always careful to future-proof any changes we make. We don’t want to create a problem with updates to the existing functionality.

In addition, we actively develop plugins of our own that tackle specific business needs. Most of the time the ideas for these plugins comes out of a need that we discover for one of our clients. We can then take that idea and flesh out a fully featured plugin that can help thousands of users. Sometimes these efforts result in a premium plugin offering, like AdSanity. Alternately, we’ll release these plugins in the WordPress repository for the common good, like Simple Google Content Experiments.

Posts in WordPress Plugin Development

This category focuses on plugins in all their glory. Whether it’s something that we wrote custom for a client, information on one of our commercial plugins, or detailed information on one of the plugins that we like to leverage on our client builds, you’ll find it here. Occasionally, we’ll dig into a third party plugin that we really like to use and talk about its finer points. Plugins are a never-ending source of discussion, evaluation, and implementation.

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AdSanity – A Pixel Jar Plugin

You may know Pixel Jar as a provider of website and theme development services. While that’s certainly true for the majority of our time, we also spend some of our energy developing some cool plugins. Foremost among these is AdSanity. We’ve been the creators and developers of the plugin for over six years. And with the…

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(PLUGIN) Conversation Manager

It has been said that the majority of readers don’t comment on blog posts because they don’t feel like they have anything specific to add to a conversation. This plugin allows you to prompt your readers to comment by asking them to answer a question specific to that post. A simple box with text that…

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(Widget) RSS Icon Widget

We had a client recently who want to be able to put a link to his rss feed in his sidebar. Visit Studio Light Room to check it out. Oddly enough we didn’t find anything readily available to do that without adding code to his theme files. We decided to create a little widget to…

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(Plugin) SpamShiv Lite

It’s now official. Our “Lite” version of the SpamShiv plugin is now hosted by the WordPress plugin directory. If you’re coming here to find out more about the plugin, take a minute to sign up for our mailing list. In exchange for your trust in us, we’ll give you your very own copy of our…

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(Widget) Geocache Stat Bar

For all 5 of you who are both into Geocaching and into WordPress, we’ve built a simple little widget so you can display you Geocache Stat Bar as a widget in your WordPress theme’s sidebar!

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(PLUGIN) Spam Protection by SpamShiv

As promised, version 1.0 of our SpamShiv plugin is ready for release today. The plugin processes the entire output of your WordPress page, not just posts. This is beneficial if you want to use a template that puts your email in the footer or if you use a custom template for a contact us page.…

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