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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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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Building a Pluggable Plugin

A bunch of people missed my talk at WordCamp Los Angeles because I was scheduled at the same time as Alana Joy (warning: not safe for work) from Suicide Girls. I decided to post my slides over at SlideShare so that those who missed out could still benefit from them.

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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. The Conversation Manager plugin allows you to prompt your readers to comment by asking them to answer a question specific to that post. A simple box with…

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(Widget) RSS Icon Widget

As with most of the plugins we build, the RSS Icon Widget was built out of necessity. One of our clients wanted to have a link to their RSS feed in the sidebar on their site. The built-in WordPress text widget could have worked for us to drop in some HTML code. However, that wasn’t…

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(PLUGIN) Spam Protection by SpamShiv

Since the dawn of the Internet, bots have lived amongst us. While you sleep, they are busy crawling their way from page to page, analyzing content in search of valuable information. One type of information they look for is an email address. What Are Bots Up To? Bots collect these email addresses for a number…

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