Handpicked Tools for WordPress Developers

While working on a WordPress theme or plugin we often have to run many trials & errors. Here are some tools I have found that should be able to help you with your WordPress development workflow.

#1. Debug Bar

As a WordPress developer or Tester, you must have to have active it in the dashboard. It shows query, cache, and other helpful debugging information. Nothing to say more, Check and thank me later.

#2. Query Monitor

If you are a developer and concerned about query optimization, then this would be a great helper for you. . It enables debugging of database queries, PHP errors, hooks and actions, block editor blocks, enqueued scripts and stylesheets, HTTP API calls, and so on.

#3. Temporary File Manager

Think, you have to send an email from post-submission data and its files as attachments, but you can’t send an attachment directly through PHP $_POST, so you have to store that first, but there is a problem, what? After sending the email who will clean it for you?

Wait, no worries, Here you go the Temporary File Manager which is going to help you to store and clean files when your job is done. And you can sanitize and validate too. Also, you can retrieve file URLs.

#4. Email Logs

Let’s say you are using contact form 7, any plugins or custom code, that used the mail function but not receiving the expected emails to the inbox.

So Email Logs will help you to easily log and view all emails that were sent from WordPress. This would be very useful for debugging email-related problems in your WordPress site or for storing sent emails for auditing purposes

#5. Another Show hooks

A continuous visual representation of WordPress actions and filter hooks. It’s a developer tool, so if you’re a developer, it could be a life-saving plugin.

#6. Rest API Logs

While you working on a REST API project, you may be sometimes struggling with requests and responses. To verify a request was sent to the server and the client received the response properly, you can use this. It will allow checking the WordPress admin page to view and search log entries.

#7. WordPress Settings for VSCode

You might hear about the WordPress PHP standard. It’s really hard to set up the VSCode as WordPress standard. I know it’s not well-optimized, but It took me more than 1 year to make a shape, and still improving it.

#8. Bubbl.us

Bubbl.us makes it easy to visually organize your ideas in ways that are meaningful to you and others. This editor is designed to help you stay focused and capture your thoughts quickly. I use it for my technical design regularly and it’s reduced my stress about overthinking.

#9. WP Activity Log

Keep an activity log of everything that happens on your sites, even if any admin updates the theme files from the theme editor. and easily spot users’ suspicious behavior before there are security problems.

#10. User Switching

It’s time to work smartly, this plugin going to help you to switch one user to another user without login in instantly, and you can play like the switched user. It’s really handy for testing environments, for helping customers on WooCommerce sites, or for any site where administrators need to switch between multiple accounts.

#11. WP Reset

Using this plugin you can quickly reset the site’s database to the default installation values without modifying any files. It helps me to speed up my testing & debugging process by providing a quick way to reset the settings.

Please read their docs carefully before proceeding to understand what this plugin does, and remember you must back up first.

#12. Download Plugins and Themes

When you wish to make a backup of any plugins or themes for future installation. Then this plugin gonna help you to download your themes or plugins from your WordPress dashboard without using FTP. No settings are needed.

I hope it was useful & if you found any other valuable tools for WordPress developers please share them in the comment box.

Will add more tools in the upcoming days.

Last updated: December 02, 2022

Comments

2 responses to “Handpicked Tools for WordPress Developers”

  1. Abu Hurayra Avatar

    Thanks for the great list.
    You can also add wp-crontrol to the list. I find it very useful.

  2. Niaj Morshed Avatar

    I didn’t know the plugin “User Switching” and thanks for sharing this list.

    I also use “WPIDE” that is very handy to edit codes from WordPress dashboard.

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