Different types of hooks


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  • Ryaan J.
    Senior Member
    • Apr 2022
    • 100

    Different types of hooks

    Please explain what are hooks in WordPress and what are the different types of hooks in WordPress.
  • Rachel S
    • Apr 2022
    • 96

    Hi Ryaan,

    Hooks in WordPress are a way for developers to execute code at specific points in the WordPress core, themes, and plugins without modifying the original code, which allows them to modify, customize, or extend the functionality of WordPress.

    WordPress hooks are classified into two types:
    1. Actions: The actions hook allows developers to execute code at specific points in WordPress, such as before or after a post has been published. You can use actions to add new content, modify existing content, or perform any other task at a specific time. Examples of actions include "wp_head" and "wp_footer".
    2. Filters: A filter is a hook that allows developers to modify data while it is being processed by WordPress. Filters can be used to change the content of posts, pages, or any other data that is being processed by WordPress.
    It is important to use hooks when developing WordPress because they allow developers to change the behavior of WordPress without having to modify the original code directly. By doing so, WordPress can be maintained and updated more easily, and developers can create custom functionality without interfering with other plugins or themes.