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. WordPress plugin development is one of our favorite parts of the job.

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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The Best Plugins for Working with Google Analytics

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Selecting Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

You’ve probably read a lot lately about the importance of choosing the right Key Performance Indicators, or KPI. But, what are Key Performance Indicators and which ones are right for you? More importantly, which ones are right for your website? In the general sense, a Key Performance Indicator is any piece of data used as…

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Calls-To-Action Demystified

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Are Events Already Being Tracked with Google Analytics?

No! There is often confusion about what Google Analytics is tracking. By default Google Analytics tracks base level data like pageviews, time on page, demographics, and more. But you have to set up your website to record Events. What are Events? Events occur any time a user interacts with your website. This can include things…

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Knowing Which Events To Track and Avoiding Data Overload

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Who Can Benefit from Tracking Events?

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What Is Event Tracking, and Why Should I Care?

Good websites are not just static “online brochures”—they’re meant to be interactive. You want your website visitors to scroll through the page, click on links, download helpful content, play videos, fill out your form, etc. In the world of website analytics, each of these actions is called an “event”. Event tracking is how you can…

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The Most Common Conversion Mistakes – Part 2

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The Most Common Conversion Mistakes – Part 1

Joe had a problem: His lead generation website wasn’t generating very many leads. When a website expert took a look, it was easy to see why not. His site included more than half of the most common website conversion mistakes! To maximize your website conversion (i.e. the percentage of website visitors who actually take the…

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