Synopses & Reviews
The authors use examples from their recently released SchoolPress app to explain concepts and techniques throughout the book. All code examples are available on GitHub.
- Compare WordPress with traditional app development frameworks
- Use themes for views, and plugins for backend functionality
- Get suggestions for choosing WordPress plugins—or build your own
- Manage user accounts and roles, and access user data
- Build asynchronous behaviors in your app with jQuery
- Develop native apps for iOS and Android, using wrappers
- Incorporate PHP libraries, external APIs, and web service plugins
- Collect payments through ecommerce and membership plugins
- Use techniques to speed up and scale your WordPress app
While WordPress has certainly made it big in the blogging world, this book starts with the premise that its also possible to build any web application using WordPress as a framework. If you have some WordPress experience, you have the skills you need to pursue app development with this popular tool. This book shows you how.
- Use ecommerce and membership plugins to collect payments
- Create a single sign in process, such as using Facebook to log into WordPress
- Build mobile apps and other native apps with WordPress
- Learn how to secure your WordPress app
- Make WordPress plugins work together and customize them to do your bidding
- Hide the fact that your site was built with WordPress
About the Author
Brian is the co-founder of WebDevStudios.com, a WordPress only development shop. Since he comes from a background of building complex web applications, he has always looked at utilizing WordPress for more than a blogging system or basic CMS. Brian and the team at WDS have built several non traditional websites utilizing WordPress as an application framework. Some recently deployed projects include an internal employee training system for StarBucks and an iPad/WordPress hybrid app for all of the YMCAs in NYC that logs member activity and awards badges. WDS is currently working on a project for the Dallas Museum of Art that will have an iPad kiosk at each exhibit to allow visitors to interact with each exhibit and receive badges based on their activity, all built with WordPress!
Jason graduated from Haverford College with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Creative Writing. He worked 2 years for Accenture as a Business Integration Consultant, bridging the technical and functional teams on the projects he worked on. In 2006, Jason left Accenture to turn his side business Stranger Studios into a full time web development company, building websites for small businesses and early stage startups. As WordPress evolved from a blogging platform into a more dynamic PHP framework, Stranger Studios started using it more and more for custom application development, launching sites like the Value Prop Accelerator (an elearning and project management platform - details here) and Charity Goal (a charity/crowdfunding platform) using WordPress as a framework.