How WordPress Is Loaded, Step by Step

Written by Jean Galea
Written by Jean Galea

Last updated on 11 Dec 2012

Have you ever wondered how WordPress loads all those small goodies that enable you to run a complete site off it? 

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Have you ever wondered how WordPress loads all those small goodies that enable you to run a complete site off it?

Take a look at the Complete WordPress Initialization Flowchart below:

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If you’re in the mood for reading a really long (but very good) description of it, check out this article on humanshell.net.

Also related to these is an article in the Codex listing all the actions loaded on a typical page request.

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<span style="font-weight: 400">Written by: </span>Jean Galea
Written by: Jean Galea

Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger.

He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast.

His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Jean

    Thank you for sharing the flowcharts. Excellent information and these should be included in the codex.

  2. Hi Jean, excellent flowcharts! Just sent an email requesting permission to include these diagrams in a client report for a university. Details in the email, thanks!

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