How to create a plugin for Joomla 2.5 and 3.0

Create the Plugin Files

All Joomla 2.5 plugins contain a xml file. These xml files contain information such as who wrote the plugin and when, what files should be included with the plugin, and any plugin settings that can be adjusted. The first thing you should do is copy the following text and save it as helloworld.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<extension version="2.5" type="plugin" group="content">
<author>Brad Markle</author>
<creationDate>June 18th, 2012</creationDate>
<copyright>InMotion Hosting</copyright>
<license>GNU General Public License</license>
<description>Simple Hello World Plugin that prints "Hello World" at the beginning of every article.</description>
<filename plugin="helloworld">helloworld.php</filename>

After creating the XML file, we now need to create our php file, which does all of the work. The following code should be saved to helloworld.php


// no direct access
defined('_JEXEC') or die;

class plgContentHelloworld extends JPlugin
public function onContentAfterTitle($context, &$article, &$params, $limitstart)
return "<p>Hello World!</p>";


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