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WordPress Plugin Development: Style Your Message Boxes

Displaying a message to the user after he started an action belongs to a good usability. In the era of Web 2.0 applications, the user is expecting such optical signal after his actions. Also WordPress Plugin developer should give the user a result message, if necessary, provided with further information.

The WordPress admin area often likes to show information at the top of the window. For developers, this has a great benefit: Tools for generating the error and information messages are integrated and can easily be implemented in Plugins – without any self-definitions or changes in the style sheet.

Automatically generated information in WordPress


Manual and more flexible solution to output a message box

<div id="message" class="updated">

Colorful: The availability of CSS classes

Messages within an application have to communicate different informations. For this purpose WordPress has numerous stylesheet classes available, which suits best to the message.

<div id="message" class="updated">...</div>

<div id="message" class="error">...</div>

<div id="message" class="updated highlight">...</div>

<div id="message" class="updated below-h2">...</div>


Don’t use your own format. A common and familiar message box provides trust and increases the potential of perception.

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