Let’s get you started building custom (from scratch) WordPress plugins. In Part 1 of this series, you are going to build the basics of the Collapsible Content plugin. As you are building it with Tonya, you’ll learn deeply about custom plugin development, file structures, jQuery, PHP, WordPress core, shortcodes, Gulp, and much more.
Labs are hands-on coding projects that you build along with Tonya as she explains the code, concepts, and thought processes behind it. You can use the labs to further your code knowledge or to use right in your projects. Each lab ties into the Docx to ensure you have the information you need.
Each lab is designed to further your understanding and mastery of code. You learn more about how to think about its construction, quality, maintainability, programmatic and logical thought, and problem-solving. While you may be building a specific thing, Tonya presents the why of it to make it adaptable far beyond that specific implementation, thereby giving you the means to make it your own, in any context.
Prepare the Contents for the Browser
Let’s finish preparing the content for rendering out to the browser. How about if there are shortcodes in the code? How do we process those? How about using auto-formatting the paragraph HTML elements? In this episode, you will add in the do_shortcode and then wpautop.
WordPress Tip – Put in the Shortcode Name for shortcode_atts
Help out your fellow developers and put the shortcode name as the third parameter in the function shortcode_atts(). Why? To allow other developers to modify the default attributes you specify with your shortcode. Tonya shows you how this works and the benefit to the site owner.