Unlocking the Power of WordPress: A Comprehensive Guide to Development

Book Review: WordPress Development in Depth

By Brian Messenlehner and Jason Coleman

WordPress Development in Depth

About the Book

WordPress Development in Depth is a comprehensive guide that goes beyond considering WordPress as just a blogging platform. Authored by Brian Messenlehner and Jason Coleman, this book explores the vast possibilities of using WordPress to develop fast, scalable, secure, and highly customized web apps, mobile apps, web services, and multisite networks of websites. Whether you are a beginner with basic PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript knowledge or an experienced developer, this book will help you leverage WordPress to its fullest potential.

Book Content

The second edition of WordPress Development in Depth covers new features and functionalities added to WordPress up to version 5.4. The authors present everything you need to know about developing custom plugins, themes, and services for any type of web or mobile application.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Comparing WordPress with traditional app development frameworks
  • Utilizing themes for views and plugins for backend functionality
  • Choosing or building WordPress plugins
  • Registering custom post types (CPTs) and taxonomies
  • Managing user accounts and roles, and accessing user data
  • Building asynchronous behaviors with jQuery
  • Developing mobile apps for iOS and Android using WordPress
  • Integrating PHP libraries, external APIs, and web service plugins
  • Collecting payments through e-commerce and membership plugins
  • Speeding up and scaling your WordPress app
  • Extending the WordPress REST API and creating custom endpoints
  • Learning about WordPress Gutenberg blocks development

Why You Should Read It

WordPress Development in Depth is more than just a tutorial. It is a comprehensive reference that equips you with the knowledge and skills required to build powerful and highly customized web applications using WordPress. The book’s authors have a wealth of experience in WordPress development, ensuring that you receive valuable insights and best practices throughout your learning journey.

Whether you are a freelance developer, a web agency professional, or an entrepreneur looking to build your own web application, this book will empower you to build robust and efficient solutions with WordPress. The code examples provided in the book are also available on GitHub, allowing you to easily follow along and enhance your learning experience.


If you want to go beyond the basics of WordPress and explore its full potential as a development framework, WordPress Development in Depth is an essential resource. With its comprehensive coverage of various development aspects and examples of real-world applications, this book will help you become a proficient WordPress developer.