Software Engineering in WordPress and Musings on the Deep Life

Live Workshop: How To Build a WordPress Plugin

One of the things that I’m most passionate about is helping other people learn how to pursue a career in some aspect of software development or web development.

It’s why I enjoy blogging, chatting with other developers on Twitter, talking with others via email, and sharing code and ideas for the sake of improving my own abilities as well as helping others.

Start the last week of this month, I’ll be partnering with Envato to lead a five-week workshop in which I’ll be teaching how to build a WordPress plugin from the ground up.

How To Build a WordPress Plugin

This couse is aimed at those of you who have some level of experience with WordPress development – maybe you’ve customized a theme, dabbled with an existing plugin, or modified functions.php – but are interested in moving up to the next level.

The course is one hour, one day a week, for five weeks and we’ll be covering the following topics:

  1. Setting Up Our Environment
  2. Planning The Plugin
  3. Building WP IS.GD, Part 1
  4. Building WP IS.GD, Part 2
  5. Preparing The Plugin For Release

Additionally, the course is live so there’s a time for question and answer at the end of each session as well.

If you’re interested in joining, head over to the Envato Live Workshop page and check out the introductory video, course description, lesson plan, and what else you can expect from the course.


  1. grappler

    It is a shame that I can’t make it. I have something else on at the time. :(

    • Tom McFarlin

      They record the material so you can review at a later date, so that may be useful – just a thought!

  2. Japh

    This is pretty exciting! Looking forward to seeing how it all goes :)

    • Tom McFarlin

      Japh! Shouldn’t you be daddy’ing or something…!?

      • Japh

        I should, and I am! But I couldn’t resist commenting on this, cause it’s just that awesome :D

  3. Hugh

    Looking forward to learning how to do it the right way.

  4. Praveen

    Hey Tom , is the workshop available online for those of us who missed out.

    • Tom McFarlin

      Yep – the course videos will be available for those who have paid to take the course. I’m going to be publishing a frequently asked questions post here shortly that should answer many of the questions that I’ve received over the past few days.

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