Building Web Apps with WordPress by Brian Messenlehner, Jason Coleman

By Brian Messenlehner, Jason Coleman

WordPress is way greater than a running a blog platform. As this useful consultant in actual fact demonstrates, you should use WordPress to construct internet apps of any type—not mere content material websites, yet full-blown apps for particular projects. in case you have Hypertext Preprocessor event with a smattering of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you’ll tips on how to use WordPress plugins and issues to improve speedy, scalable, and safe net apps, local cellular apps, internet companies, or even a community of a number of WordPress sites.

The authors use examples from their lately published SchoolPress app to provide an explanation for options and methods during the booklet. All code examples can be found on GitHub.

- examine WordPress with conventional app improvement frameworks
- Use subject matters for perspectives, and plugins for backend functionality
- Get feedback for selecting WordPress plugins—or construct your own
- deal with consumer bills and roles, and entry consumer data
- construct asynchronous behaviors on your app with jQuery
- enhance local apps for iOS and Android, utilizing wrappers
- include personal home page libraries, exterior APIs, and internet provider plugins
- acquire funds via ecommerce and club plugins
- Use suggestions to hurry up and scale your WordPress app

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Meta_key—A required string of the meta key name for the meta value you would like to store. • $meta_value—A required mixed value of an integer, string, array, or object. • $unique—An optional Boolean, which when set to true will make sure the meta key can only ever be added once for a given ID. WordPress Database Structure | 31 delete_user_meta($user_id, $meta_key, $meta_value = '') Deletes user metadata for a provided user ID and matching key. You can also specify a matching meta value if you only want to delete that value and not other metadata rows with the same meta key: • $user_id—A required integer of a user ID.

16 | Chapter 1: Building Web Apps with WordPress WordPress has built-in post types like posts and pages and built-in taxonomies like categories and tags. For SchoolPress, we are creat‐ ing our own CPTs and taxonomies. Details on creating custom post types and taxonomies can be found in Chapter 5. Submissions Are a (Sub)CPT for Assignments Students can post comments on an assignment, and they can also choose to post their official submission for the assignment through another form on the frontend.

WordPress Directory Structure Let’s take a quick top-level look at the folders and files that are included within a typical WordPress install. 21 Root Directory In the root directory, there are a few core WordPress files. php. You should never, ever, ever, ever1 alter any other core WordPress files. Hacking core is a bad idea because you won’t be able to upgrade WordPress when a new version becomes available without overriding your changes. The only directory you should need to interact with is wp-content because it contains your plugins, themes, and uploaded files.

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