Do I need to call do_action function every time I add_action something?

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    Why do you think you should? Example code?
    – fuxia
    Sep 10, 2012 at 9:24
  • I was exploring the codes of WooCommerce plug-in, they've called do_action a lot of time. I'm new to Wordpress and thinking of building a plug-in, so I was checking out some existing codes.
    – Shafiul
    Sep 10, 2012 at 9:27

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Usually, you use existing action in your plugins. WordPress will call do_action() when needed.

If your plugin is rather complex, like a shopping plugin, you may want to offer additional actions for other plugin developers or for the pro-version of your plugin. In these cases you add do_action() wherever you think it could be useful.

An example: I have a library of PHP classes that I use for some projects. When I write a plugin that relies on my library I have to wait until the library is ready. So I write in my library:

require 'class.T5_Custom_Post_Type_Helper.php';
require 'class.T5_Custom_Taxonomy_Helper.php';
// and so on…
do_action( 't5_library_loaded' );

In my other plugin I hook into this action to start all the work:

add_action( 't5_library_loaded', array ( 'My_Plugin_Class', 'init' ) );

Now I know all needed classes available, I don’t have to test class_exists() each time.

add_action() and do_action() are not necessary tied together. So the answer to your question is: no. :)


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