Do You Want Professional WordPress Plugin Development Second Edition?

Recently I’ve been thinking about my book Professional WordPress Plugin Development, and whether there’s enough demand for a second edition.

Over the years I’ve received some amazing feedback from readers, many of whom have since released plugins on after reading the book. The book is an amazing resource for anyone creating custom plugins in WordPress, from beginners to experts alike. I use the book on an almost daily basis to refresh my memory on proper techniques, functions, and hooks to use when building plugins.

The original Professional WordPress Plugin Development was written for WordPress 3.1, which was released over 2 years ago. The book is still the highest rated WordPress development book on Amazon, with a solid 5-star rating.

I have two questions for you:

  • Do you want to see a second edition?
  • What would you like to see in a second edition?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. Yes, and I’ll be happy to help you write it πŸ™‚

  2. This is the single best resource I know of when it comes to learning about the innards of WordPress plugin (and not only) development. So yeah, I’d love to see a second edition!

  3. The first edition was quite valuable for me and I see an awful lot of folks at the point I was at when I read it. That said, I would say there is definitely a market for an updated version, at least there appears to be one from my point of view anyway.

  4. I think there’s definitely room for more to be written. The updated media API could be a book on its own!

  5. The likely inclusion of a REST API in WordPress should provide plenty along with the new Media Manager would be excellent material to leverage a new edition of your book. Heartily endorse the idea.

  6. I’d buy it for sure. One of the few WP books that I kept around in paper as a reference. I take a peak through it on specific topics every other week to refresh my memory.

  7. Yes!
    This is my most-often referenced book. I’d love to see it updated.

  8. Donny Davis says:

    I studied lots of online tutorials around plugin development but felt like I understood what I was doing better after reading this book rather than just copying code. I would definitely like to see a second version to cover any updates in WordPress that could benefit plugin development.

  9. Kim Parsell says:

    I definitely think a second edition is needed. So much has changed in WordPress since you wrote the original!

  10. Absolutely. My copy of the first edition of this book is worn and a bit worse for wear, but that’s really just shows frequent and valued use πŸ™‚

    For a second edition, it would be nice to see better coverage of the XML-RPC API in addition to the new media stuff that came in with 3.5. I think both topics are indicative of where WordPress is heading as a development platform: Mobile and JavaScript.

  11. YES, YES, YES!

    If you do end up working on the 2nd edition, I hope you look into ideas to make plugins to say remotely communicate with WordPress, along with all the new features since last book.

    On a different note, if you have seen, they now use their own custom dashboard that communicates with WordPress. Even a basic idea of how this is possible would be helpful.

  12. Here is what a fellow WordPress developer said to me when I asked his advice to improve my skills – “I own every WordPress book that exists and that’s the only book I recommend to people because it’s authors are active in the community and the info is amazing”. So I got the book and I have to agree. Bring on a second edition!

  13. Yes! Definitely! That would be fantastic! WordPress has improved so much over the last few years and even just the last few versions. Would be great to see you cover these new features and also see if there’s any improvements to be made for the existing code.

  14. I just got the first edition – so too early to know, but 2 years is a lot of time in wordpress years.

  15. No two ways about it… I’m still diving in and would love to know for sure that what i’m reading is current and up to date with the version of WP I’m using πŸ˜€

  16. Kellen Mace says:

    Yes! I am just delving into WP plugin development and borrowed the first edition from a friend who raved about how great it is. I have found it to be incredibly helpful and easy to follow. I would love to see an updated version of this excellent resource!

  17. Patricio ProaΓ±o says:

    Sure! It would be asome!

  18. I’ve been developing for a while now and have a old of code that should probably be in plugins but isn’t…yet.

    I’m at a point where I could really use a book like this to help me develop plugins properly, and an updated edition would be GREAT.


    I’m also really aware that some potentially big changes might be coming up in WordPress core. Andrew Nacin has some great ideas around taxonomy meta and post relationships that would wildly affect how some of the stuff I write for plugins is done. My fear is that if you write a book now it will be out of date with some fairly important stuff quite quickly.

    I guess the question then is: Is there ever a good time to write a book about an active open-source project?

    But in principle, yes. How long do you think it would take, should you decide to do it? I mean, should I buy the current book now? Or wait?


  19. Sonja London says:

    Yes, please.

    This is the top WP book we recommend. I just recommended it to 16 people today.

  20. i got a copy of this book from my teacher becouse i’m doing an internship project on WP plugins and its been great help, i was pretty disappointed when tried to find a 2013 edition and stubled upon here πŸ™‚

  21. Kristofer Hindersson says:

    I’ve just been scouring the web searching for an updated edition. You mean it’s not written yet?! :O Get cracking! (please, with syntactic sugar on top)

  22. Definitely! Hopefully an updated version is on its way soon?

  23. Mohammed Thaer says:

    Thank you for these great books,I use your books as a reference when I build my sites.

    Of course we want a second edition, and I wish to include an example for making a form that allows users to post from the frontend.

  24. Yes I also would buy the second edition.

  25. If it would be necessary to review, wordpress has changed a lot over the years.

    They have thought of translating it into other languages? Spanish?