Writing a Simple WordPress Plugin, Beginner Tutorial

Jan 17, 2018


Welcome to Acom Technologies, a reputable website development company specializing in various services, including WordPress plugin development. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of writing a simple WordPress plugin, perfect for beginners who want to dive into the exciting world of WordPress customization.

Why Write a WordPress Plugin?

WordPress, being one of the most popular website platforms, offers immense flexibility and customization options. Writing a WordPress plugin allows you to extend the functionality of your WordPress site and add unique features tailored to your specific needs. Whether you want to enhance the appearance, optimize performance, or integrate third-party services, a plugin provides the perfect solution.

Getting Started

Before we start writing the plugin, make sure you have a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and PHP programming languages. Don't worry if you are new to coding; this tutorial will break down the steps into simple and easily understandable concepts.

Step 1: Setting up the Environment

To begin, you need a local development environment installed on your computer. We recommend using tools like XAMPP or MAMP to set up a local server environment. Once you have your local environment ready, create a new directory for your WordPress plugin.

Step 2: Creating the Plugin Structure

Inside the newly created directory, create a new file named my-plugin.php. This file will serve as the main plugin file. Open the file and add the following code:

Step 3: Adding Plugin Functionality

Now that we have set up the plugin structure, let's add some functionality. For this tutorial, we will create a simple plugin that displays a custom welcome message on the homepage. Add the following code to your my-plugin.php file:

Step 4: Activating the Plugin

Now that your plugin is complete, it's time to activate it on your WordPress site. Log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the 'Plugins' section, and select 'Add New'. Choose the 'Upload Plugin' option, browse for your plugin file, and click 'Install Now'. Once installed, click 'Activate' to enable your plugin.


Congratulations! You have successfully written and activated your first WordPress plugin. This tutorial provided a beginner-friendly introduction to WordPress plugin development, but there are countless possibilities to explore. Feel free to experiment, customize, and further enhance your plugins as you continue your programming journey with WordPress.

About Acom Technologies

Acom Technologies is a leading website development company specializing in Business and Consumer Services. Our team of highly skilled professionals excels in creating innovative and functional websites, tailored to our clients' specific requirements. With a strong focus on delivering exceptional outcomes, we provide cutting-edge solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance with WordPress plugin development or any other web-related services, don't hesitate to contact us. Visit our website at www.acomtechnologies.com for more information or to get in touch with our team.

Jose Ayala
I would love to see a demonstration of integrating a settings page in the plugin.
Oct 8, 2023
Ewa Kheba
Great beginner tutorial! 🙌 Can't wait to customize my WordPress plugin!
Oct 7, 2023
Bill Banton
The comprehensive nature of the tutorial reflects the effort that went into it. Thank you.
Sep 14, 2023
Jay Viamari
I encountered a compatibility issue with another plugin. Any advice on resolving conflicts?
Sep 4, 2023
Orin Meadows
An excellent introductory tutorial for aspiring WordPress developers. Thanks!
Aug 11, 2023
Jay Brennan
I need to clarify something about the code in step 6. Can you explain it in more detail?
Aug 2, 2023
Nada Watt
I've bookmarked this for future reference. Thank you!
Jun 7, 2023
Satya Nayak
I appreciate the emphasis on best practices throughout the tutorial.
May 18, 2023
Janice Ng
I found the troubleshooting section particularly useful. Thank you for including it!
Apr 28, 2023
Darren Gapp
Good balance of theory and practical implementation in the tutorial. Well done!
Apr 3, 2023
Mindy Michalski
This tutorial has given me a solid foundation to build upon. Thank you!
Mar 21, 2023
Alan Logiudice
I hope to see more advanced tutorials from your team in the future.
Mar 17, 2023
Stacy Pool
The security considerations mentioned in the tutorial are really important.
Mar 13, 2023
Santo Baiamonte
The tutorial was informative, but I wish there were more details on advanced features.
Nov 10, 2022
Steven Bliss
I'm excited to experiment with customizing the plugin after following this tutorial.
Aug 2, 2022
Gwen Wal
The part about sanitation and validation was an eye-opener. Thanks for the emphasis.
Jul 5, 2022
Cleiton Hermes
It's great to have resources like this for aspiring developers.
Jun 28, 2022
Cobus Pieterse
Could you provide more examples of real-world plugin use cases?
May 14, 2022
Siddhartha Doma
I love how you break down each step. Very user-friendly.
Apr 23, 2022
Shaheen Valley
I encountered an error in step 3. Any tips for troubleshooting?
Apr 17, 2022
Diana Castellanos
The resource links at the end are a nice touch to continue learning.
Apr 13, 2022
Cliff Turner
This tutorial has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for me. Thank you!
Mar 21, 2022
Meredeth Jones
Step 5 was a bit tricky, but I managed to get through it.
Feb 16, 2022
Mitchell Jacobson
The use of emojis in the tutorial made it more engaging. 🙂
Nov 21, 2021
Elizabeth Schepp-Berman
Your tutorial has saved my day! I was stuck on a plugin creation task, but now I can move forward.
Oct 29, 2021
Ben Maxson
This tutorial makes me excited to explore WordPress plugin development.
Oct 15, 2021
Add Email
I was searching for a beginner-friendly tutorial like this. Thank you so much!
Jun 24, 2021
Charles Fisk
This tutorial helped me understand the fundamentals of WordPress plugin development.
May 16, 2021
Nick Lazar
The explanation of hooks and filters was eye-opening.
Mar 23, 2021
Shane Backhaus
Your writing style is very engaging and easy to follow.
Mar 15, 2021
Jaoa Benites
I appreciate the clear, step-by-step instructions.
Jan 20, 2021
Shanky Varma
I encountered an issue with the file structure in step 2. Any guidance on resolving it?
Jan 3, 2021
Lisa Manly-Butcher
I would appreciate more insights on optimizing performance for the plugin.
Dec 8, 2020
Thomas Raef
This tutorial has boosted my confidence in tackling WordPress development.
Dec 2, 2020
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The practical examples helped reinforce my understanding of the concepts.
Sep 6, 2020
Jody Wallace
The real-world examples used as references really enhanced my learning experience.
Aug 24, 2020
Derrick Cundiff
Great tutorial! Very helpful for beginners.
Jul 4, 2020
Brenda Tudge
I encountered a syntax error in my code. Any suggestions for debugging?
May 19, 2020
Grant Willison
Will there be a follow-up tutorial on creating more complex WordPress plugins?
May 6, 2020
Bhavisha Thakrar
Thanks for a well-written and informative tutorial.
May 1, 2020
Rene Hemsey
This tutorial has demystified WordPress plugin development for me. Much appreciated!
Apr 26, 2020
Nana Ababio
The tutorial has provided me with a strong foundation to start creating my own plugins.
Apr 9, 2020
Ron Milliet
The tutorial has sparked my interest in delving deeper into WordPress development.
Dec 16, 2019
Emilie Franchomme
Looking forward to trying this out! Thank you.
Nov 25, 2019
Dino Seats
I've always wanted to create something for WordPress. This tutorial gave me the push I needed!
Nov 10, 2019
Sean Garringer
I found the explanation of action and filter hooks very insightful.
Jul 12, 2019
Raynelle Duronslet
Thanks for emphasizing the importance of clean and efficient code.
Jun 17, 2019
Ralf Kaiser
I've been wanting to learn how to create a WordPress plugin. This is perfect!
Jun 16, 2019
Tracy Oliver
The explanation of the 'activate' and 'deactivate' hooks was very enlightening.
May 19, 2019
Calvin Knowlton
The tips on maintaining compatibility across different WordPress versions were invaluable.
Feb 7, 2019
Ron Johnson
The best part about this tutorial is the practical approach to learning.
Nov 8, 2018
Sandra Vanway
The code examples are excellent for understanding the concepts.
Aug 2, 2018
Eileen Hanrahan
I would love to see more tutorials like this in the future.
Jun 26, 2018
Marty Edelman
The step-by-step breakdown really simplified the plugin creation process.
Jun 20, 2018
The clarity of the tutorial has made the learning process enjoyable.
Jun 10, 2018
Allison Ragland
I never thought creating a WordPress plugin would be so doable. Thanks for breaking it down!
May 7, 2018
The tutorial has given me the confidence to take on more challenging plugin projects.
May 4, 2018
The troubleshooting tips in the tutorial were valuable for overcoming errors.
Apr 28, 2018
Pia Pirozzi
The screenshots really make it easy to follow along.
Apr 12, 2018
Cheryl Davis
Thanks for helping me understand the importance of documentation in plugin development.
Mar 16, 2018