Apparently, more and more websites are being powered by WordPress. The possibilities are endless; you can actually find a plugin for anything on your WordPress website. However, it is not always possible to come across well designed and well developed plugins; and if you’re like me, while sorting out the plugins you’ll start wondering how they’re created, or what makes a good plugin and will somehow gradually take an interest in building your own. If that’s the case then, Professional WordPress Plugin Development book will be your best companion.
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