Developing a dynamic table in a WordPress plugin is like building your own house from scratch. It’s necessary to have a custom table, as the default tables won’t suffice. This concept is a game-changer for developers looking to improve their WordPress plugins. Watch, like, comment, and subscribe for more amazing content!


In this online session, we will discuss the concept of plugin activation hooks. Specifically, we will focus on how to dynamically create a table by using a plugin activation hook. If you are new to the channel, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the amazing quality content we are uploading.

The Need for a Custom Table

During the journey of plugin development, the layout created inside the management system, such as employee and list, is not enough to manage the data effectively. Therefore, to save and manage the data, we need to create a custom table.

| Table Name | Number of Columns |
| ———– | ———– |
| employees | 4 |

Creating the Table

We have two options for creating the table. The first option is to pass the table name and the number of columns into the database, while the second option involves the manual way of creating the table.

| Table Name | Number of Columns |
| ———– | ———– |
| employees | 4 |

To create a table in the WordPress database, we need to pass the table name and the number of columns, using our interface to interact with the database. Once the table has been created, we can incorporate data into this plugin.

Activation Hook Concept

The plugin activation hook is a trigger point. It is a unique function done by a plugin that activates a specific action when the plugin is activated or deactivated. For instance, the main concern is to create and manage the table when a plugin gets activated.

| Action after Activation | Description |
| ———– | ———– |
| Activation | Create a dynamic table |
| Deactivation | Drop the table |

By using the plugin activation hook concept during the development of a custom plugin, we can automatically create a dynamic table in the database when the plugin is activated. We also utilize the plugin deactivation hook to drop the table when the plugin is deactivated.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding the need for a custom table for efficient data management in WordPress plugin development.
  • The use of activation and deactivation hooks to dynamically create and manage tables.
  • The importance of creating a dynamic table using the plugin activation hook.


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  • What is the plugin activation hook?
    The plugin activation hook is a trigger point that allows for the automatic execution of actions when a plugin is activated or deactivated.

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