Creating a basic plugin

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*Some kind of code/text editor to edit php files with (Dreamweaver, UltraEdit, PHP Edit, Emacs, Notepad, etc.)
 
*Some kind of code/text editor to edit php files with (Dreamweaver, UltraEdit, PHP Edit, Emacs, Notepad, etc.)
 
*Decent profeciency working with html, css, and php
 
*Decent profeciency working with html, css, and php
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*Some level of familiarity with Pro Edition's various folders and files (i.e. sohoadmin)
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==Create a folder for your plugin==
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Pop open Windows Explorer (or Mac/Linux equivalent) and create a folder on your local PC called "HELLO_WORLD". All of your plugin's files will go in this folder.
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==Download the source file you want to modify==
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Open Your FTP client and log-in to your test site. For this example, we want to modify Pro Edition's main menu, so download this file from your test site and stick it in your local "HELLO_WORLD" folder... <nowiki>public_html/sohoadmin/program/main_menu.php</nowiki>
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==The short version==
 
#Create a folder on your local PC called "HELLO_WORLD". All of your plugin's files will go in this folder.
 
#Open Your FTP client, log-in to your test site, and download sohoadmin/program/main_menu.php from your test site.
 
 
#Rename this file to something like main_menu-helloworld.php
 
#Rename this file to something like main_menu-helloworld.php
 
#Open the file up your code editor
 
#Open the file up your code editor

Revision as of 15:11, 17 May 2006

Contents

Introduction

This tutorial will walk you through the creation of a basic plugin that adds the text "Hello World" to Pro Edition's Main Menu, next to the "Basic Features Group" header.

Reccommended stuff you'll want for this tutorial

I'll be writing this under the assumption that you've already got the following covered...

  • A website with Soholaunch Pro Edition installed on it that you can screw around with. All feature modules should be enabled.
  • FTP client and FTP access to your test site
  • Some kind of code/text editor to edit php files with (Dreamweaver, UltraEdit, PHP Edit, Emacs, Notepad, etc.)
  • Decent profeciency working with html, css, and php
  • Some level of familiarity with Pro Edition's various folders and files (i.e. sohoadmin)

Create a folder for your plugin

Pop open Windows Explorer (or Mac/Linux equivalent) and create a folder on your local PC called "HELLO_WORLD". All of your plugin's files will go in this folder.

Download the source file you want to modify

Open Your FTP client and log-in to your test site. For this example, we want to modify Pro Edition's main menu, so download this file from your test site and stick it in your local "HELLO_WORLD" folder... public_html/sohoadmin/program/main_menu.php




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  1. Rename this file to something like main_menu-helloworld.php
  2. Open the file up your code editor
  3. Do a ctrl+f (find) on "Basic Features Group"
  4. Replace those words with "Hello World"
  5. Save the file



  1. Windows explorer

Step 2: Create an install manifest

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