Creating Your Own WordPress Plugin is Easier Than You Think
If you would have asked me a few years back if I would be a WordPress plugin author, I would have probably said I didn’t have time and wouldn’t know where to begin. And those things were true.
Well, they were mostly true.
I said I didn’t have time. But the reality is that most of us can find a few minutes every day. In truth, I had even more time than that. But I often spent it watching YouTube or catching up on blogs I follow. Cut out a few videos and unsubscribe from a couple blogs, and bam, you have time.
I said I wouldn’t know where to begin. And I really didn’t. Fortunately, WordPress has a great tutorial.
But it wasn’t really until I had a need myself that I really even considered creating my own WordPress plugin. I wanted a plugin that did a certain thing, but couldn’t find one that already did that thing. So I learned how to code it, line by line, starting simple, and added features as needed.
The first version of my plugin that I released on October 3, 2014 was 382 lines of code. Not exactly a ten-minute project, but not overwhelming either.
I released it as a free WordPress plugin, thinking that if I needed such a plugin, surely someone else in the world could benefit from it as well. And, apparently, they could! People started downloading it! Not many people, mind you, but enough that I felt good that I had contributed back to the WordPress community.
And now, a little over two years later, it’s turned into a source of income. I wouldn’t say it’s always been easy, but I would say that it’s probably easier than you think.
All you need is an idea and enough drive to make it happen.
Just take a few minutes a day to learn, a few minutes to create, and before long, you’ll have something that someone will be so thankful you took the time to make.