Understanding WordPress Actions and Filters

Understanding WordPress Actions and Filters

In my experience, one of the toughest concepts for new WordPress developers to grasp is the difference in actions and filters.

By this, I don’t mean that they are difficult to use. In fact, I think most developers have a pretty easy time picking up how to hook their functions into hooks and filters when needed, but it seems as if its a bit challenging to grasp WordPress page life cycle and how actions and filters fit into the overall context of WordPress.

So in my latest article at Envato, I try to provide a clear understanding of WordPress Actions and Filters.

In the article, I cover the following topics:

  • The WordPress Page Lifecycle
  • All About Hooks
  • Taking Action
  • Understanding when to use filters and when to use actions
  • Various resources related to the topic at hand

In the article, I provide a working definition for both actions and filters, and how to determine when to use what based on your particular requirements.

Overall, it serves as an introduction to the topic but I attempted to be as completed as possible in distilling the information into something as concise and clear as possible, so head over to the article and check it out.

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