WordPress plugin development has gained immense popularity in the last few years. Easy to use, it lets you give your website a refreshing look. It takes you out of the trouble of hiring technical support. Once plugins for WordPress has been developed, all that is needed to be done is uploading the plugins folder on the web server and then activate it.
If you are wondering what all is required to get started in this kind of development then read on..

  • A firm knowledge and expertise of PHP
  • A creative and innovative idea for plugin
  • A test environment (it is important that you set up WordPress blog especially for testing purpose)
  • Most importantly, you should know about the working WordPress plugins

Detailed information of the above slated point.
You need to have the knowledge of PHP. This, to an extent, is true though having proper knowledge of PHP would prove beneficial to you.  You can learn PHP with time however knowing basic would help you for sure.
Great Ideas – This is dependent on an individual’s creativity. It is something natural and cannot be explained.
Test Environment is Pretty Crucial – Those having Cpanel web host can easily setup a WordPress blog that too within a few minutes. For the purpose of testing, you have to create sub domain. Thereafter, assume that your web host comprise of Fantastico Feature and using the same, install a new blog. Accomplishing this entire process would simply take a few minutes of your time.
Learn About Plugins Working Prior to Starting on WordPress – If you are someone who is starting with professional WordPress plugin development then you might not be aware much about its working. In a scenario like this, you find an existing plugin and find out about its working.
Therefore, it is pretty easy to get started working on WordPress plugin development.