We're shifting gears here in Week #4 of our 12 New Products in 12 Weeks joy ride, and releasing a FREE WordPress plugin to give a little something back to the awesome WordPress community. We have a couple other free plugins in the works as well, but we're actually kicking off the giving with an all new WordPress Plugin Template. The more plugins we build the more we find ourselves repeating the same or similar code across plugins, and it starts to get a little annoying. Hey, we HATE wasting time and we're always thinking about how to free up more of it so that we can explore deeper innovations beyond ground we've already covered. So, we decided that we needed a plugin template to save ourselves some time spinning up new plugins. In many ways this is a direct brainchild of the demanding pace set buy our 12 products in 12 weeks project and it is the exact same plugin template that we now use in-house at Never Settle to start most of our plugin projects. In fact - next weeks project will start out form this template.
NS WordPress Plugin Template Features:
Here are some of the example techniques included in this FREE WordPress Plugin Template
- General file structure
- Lots of comments and TODO items to help you know what to change
- Using a class approach to building a plugin
- Minimal variable updates by re-using class level variables for things like the plugin name and slug
- Using common WordPress hooks and filters
- Creating an admin menu item under the Settings menu
- Implementing the WordPress Settings API
- Very basic responsive settings page including a banner
- Creating a Sidebar that has its own widget system and can pull data from a feed on your WordPress site (this is more of an advanced feature that we use on our own plugins and it requires additional know-how to tweak for your needs). It can also be removed completely if you don't need / want it.
Find out more on the FREE product page.
12 New Products in 12 Weeks Progress
Each week we'll be releasing one new WordPress Plugin, Theme, or iOS Mobile App. If you want to stay in the loop on each product being released, sign up for our newsletter below:
All 12 Products from our 12 Week Marathon:
(We will be updating this list with links to each new product as progress through the experiment)
- Week 1: NS FBA for WooCommerce
- Week 2: NS Automation for WordPress SEO
- Week 3: Registration Templates Add-on for NS Cloner
- Week 4: FREE NS WordPress Plugin Template (this post)
- Week 5: NS Redirection and GA Campaign Link Builder
- Week 6: Lean Startup Experiment Tool Template
- Week 7: FREE NS Google Sheets Connector
- Week 8: Udder Deals: WordPress Daily Deal Site
- Week 9: Coming Soon!
- Week 10: Coming Soon!
- Week 11: Coming Soon!
- Week 12: Coming Soon!