It has been a few years since I have done any WP development but have a new project and want to create a plugin to keep the person who controls the site from having to do a specific process over and over again by hand.
My Plugin Concept:
The user will be able to upload images (icons) and associate the following information with each icon upload: Alt Id, Link URL, Caption Title and order of icons. The end result would be a shortcode that the admin can place anywhere and a "Google" style app navigation menu that will pop down on click. The navigation box will have the icons in the order defined. See the google apps menu in the header of google.com
Should/Can I leverage any of the current image upload functionality already part of WP? In my workflow below is my use of a unique database for this app menu the best way to accomplish my goal?
My current workflow:
Admin Panel: The admin panel for the plugin will have a form the user can browse to an image, add the info mentioned above via form inputs and on submit the image is uploaded to the WP site and the entry is added to a database created for this plugin. The Admin page would update to show a list of all the current icons ordered by their "Order Number" with the option to delete the icon or edit the info.
Theme Integration: When a user adds a shortcode my plugin will query the database pull the icon data and loop through the query to building a fancy app menu.
I am not looking for anyone to write code but want to make sure my flow of data is correct and if I am leveraging WP's core functionality where possible.