Developing a Simple WordPress Plugin from Scratch

Recently I walked folks through building a simple WordPress plugin from scratch at the WordPress Developers meetup in Fresno (my hometown).

We went through how to build a plugin for taking donations, optionally with a Stripe Checkout overlay.

Learning Resources

As promised, here’s a list of resources to get you started with plugin development.

Developer Tools

Here’s a few tools I use as I’m developing and debugging plugins.


  1. Gene Krause on April 2, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    This is a good product Phil. Thanks for sharing. It will take some discipline for some to complete, but anyone taking the training will be able to benefit. In today’s competitive digital marketing landscape, anything that increases knowledge is a plus. Google’s next algorithm change is right around the corner. Does the training include any prep for making the plugin mobile-friendly, or is that just a natural component of the training? If not, can it be included in the course?

    • Phil Derksen on April 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Hi Gene. This was just a meetup presentation I gave. Not a course.

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  4. Paul Farmer on March 27, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Phil, I’ve been reading some of your posts regarding monetizing WP plugins. Many are from 2013 & 2015, but a lot of the content seems equally applicable today. Thanks for sharing.

    • Phil Derksen on March 28, 2016 at 6:47 am

      Hi Paul. Glad you still find it useful. :)

      • Paul Farmer on April 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm

        Thanks for the info. I am a Co-founder of a video tech startup called VidSnippets ( We are getting ready to release our first product and got a request to develop a WP plug-in so anyone with a WP based website can use our product more easily. If you have time to check out some of the short intro/demo videos on the gallery page, any feedback would be very welcome. Cheers.

  5. on May 6, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    hi phil Derksen, they are many articles on monetizing WP plugins but they speaks less