WordPress plugin development requirements.
The tools required to develop a plugin for WordPress are minimal. If you want to develop and test your plugins on your own computer you will require
1. A web server (Apache will do just fine)
3. A text editor or PHP editor (There are lots of free and paid ones. I mostly use ZEND Editor, which is not free.)
5. A WordPress installation.
If you are using a Windows machine, download WampServer, which will install Apache, PHP and MySQL on your computer.
The installation is easy and straightforward. Now you have to install WordPress on your computer. Follow these steps to get a WordPress installation up and running on your PC.
1. Run WampServer. You should see an icon on the task bar. Left click on that icon and a menu will pop up.
2. Click on phpMyAdmin from the menu. A browser will open with phpmyadmin running.
3. Create a database for the upcoming WordPress installation.
4. Download WordPress from http://wordpress.org
5. Extract the files from the archive and put them in a folder inside the web server root directory.
6. Go to “http://localhost/<your_wordpress_directory>/
7. The installation wizard should run automatically and you will be prompted for each step. Complete the installation and than login as admin and you are done.
It should look something like this.
If you are not able to install wordpress to your local machine, you may want to read this very detailed and helpful guide http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/08/25/how-to-install-wordpress-on-your-windows-pc/
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