As a design and development company Code and Design It possess the knowledge and programming skillsets needed to create custom WordPress themes, plugins and widgets. We have almost 10 years of experience in custom WordPress Development, designing custom solutions to fulfill of our customers online requirements. During this time WordPress has grown and has become a popular platform amongst developers and users to build websites upon.
For those unfamiliar with the system, WordPress is an open source platform built and maintained by a large community of volunteers. This community consists of Wordpress consultants and developers with an active interest in expanding and improving the functionality of the core functions. WordPress powers 22.5% of all websites on the internet according to a recent survey by w3techs.com.
People often mistake WordPress for a blogging platform. Although this may once have been true (as it was originally developed for just that purpose) WordPress has evolved into a versatile content management system (CMS). While WordPress can still be used as a simple Blogging tool, it can now be used as a tool to build powerful, fully functional websites and mobile applications.
The method for extending WordPress core functionality is the use of plugins. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress utilising core functionality for things like database interaction. By using WordPress core functions and programming best practices the developer can take advantage of the security features built into WordPress and achieve more while writing less code.
An example of a plugin would be to add a testimonial or portfolio section to a website or more advanced functionality such as adding ecommerce capability. While the WordPress repository hosts a huge array of plugins to achieve a miriad of different things seldom does a plugin achieve all of the functionality needed for a particular project. Of the plugins that we use on the sites we build we only use approximately 20% sourced from the wordpress repository or third party developers. While some plugins are exceptionally well built by talented and experienced developers ‘off-the-peg’ solutions often are no substitute for a tailor-made plugin designed and developed to fit the requirements of particular project.
If you have a project that requires functionality beyond what is currently available within your Wordpress installation please do not hesitate to contact us.