Is there any plugin development framework

Since I am new to WordPress plugin development I have been examining the internal structure of many plugins. I have found that most of them don’t fit any pattern and so understanding how they work can be difficult.

I was wondering if there is more generalized way of plugin development, possibly with a framework, other than the methods described in official documentation.


AFAIK, there’s no official/standard framework, and there will be as many plugin development styles as there are shades of white in north pole.

I’d say WordPress Coding Standards is a blueprint for a good style.

You’ll find lots of good examples and excellent coders here in WPSE. A nice starting point: questions/tagged/plugin-development.


  • Objective Best Practices for Plugin Development?
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  • What Plugins Demonstrate Great WP Plugin Development?

Nowadays, I use Plugin Class Demo from @toscho as base for many plugins.

Right now, @Pippin is doing a series Introduction to WordPress Plugin Development 101 that may be of interest.

[ update, thanks to @Wyck contribution, a list of helper-plugins/boilerplates/frameworks ]

Plugin scbFramework, by @scribu:

A set of useful classes for faster plugin development.
This is a plugin toolkit that helps developers write plugins faster. It consists of several classes which handle common tasks, such as generating settings pages, creating database tables and more.

WordPress-Gear > PHP Boilerplate > Plugin stuff

  1. Plugin boilerplate by @tommcfarlin
  2. Object Oriented Plugin Template
  3. Settings framework by @gilbitron
  4. scbFramework – Classes for plugin dev
  5. WordPress Settings API – by @tareq_cse
  6. WP MVC – MVC framework to create plugins

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