This entry is part 9 of 9 in the Plugin Thoughts Series
- Plugin Thoughts Episode 1: Making Your Plugins More Extensible
- Plugin Thoughts Episode Two – Use Filters for Plugin Text
- Plugin Thoughts Episode 3 – Don’t Forget About Core Functions
- Plugin Thoughts Episode 4 – Learn How Core Does It
- Plugin Thoughts Episode 5 – Take Responsibility for Your Products
- Plugin Thoughts Episode 6 – Contribute to the WordPress Codex
- Plugin Thoughts Episode 7 – Remember Core CSS
- Plugin Thoughts Episode 8 – Create Clean Code
- Plugin Thoughts Episode 9 – Write Better Code; Release Better Plugins
Mike McAlister published a phenomenal article this evening titled “You Can Do Better Things”. It is targeted at the WordPress theme design / developer industry and really hits the nail on the head. There is a problem that many theme and plugin authors face that one might call “buyers’ demands”, and it’s the idea that successful WordPress products must include the features that the buyers want. Mike (and myself) think this is wrong and should be avoided.
The original article is fantastic and you should absolutely read it all the way through.
I’ve recorded a quick video of some of my thoughts on the subject.
I’d love to hear what you have to say on the subject, and I’m sure Mike would too.
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Nice thoughts! That’s why we should write extensible plugins, if a user is in need of specific feature that’s not available yet in core plugin, they can develop or hire a developer to do it. Or if it has high demands, we can develop a new add-on.
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