Plugins are the best friends of the developers and also they are the helping hands that save time. Each and every developer has its own set of plugins which they use commonly in their workflow. Of course, it is a matter of personal preference too – a code editor that you use for your work that might not be so useful or helping me, and vice versa.
There are various popular services such as GitHub but these are not preferred by many developers. Even if you are a WordPress developer the story is the same. You do have your own bunch of tools, libraries and WordPress plugins for developers. However, there are certain plugins that you really a developer must-have.
In this roundup, we have compiled a list of plugins that are really helpful if you are working as a developer.
1. Debug Bar
A simple plugin that adds a debugging menu into the admin bar. The menu can be very useful because it shows useful information, like details pertaining to query and cache. It helps you keep track of any MySQL queries as well as any PHP errors that occur. When the plugin is active it keeps records of PHP Warnings and Notices to make them easier to find. Quickly review any major errors and easily correct them. You can enable these functions by adding these code to your wp-config.php file:
define( 'WP_DEBUG', true );
define( 'SAVEQUERIES', true );
Various other add-ons are also available to get more internal into, for example, the registered Post Types, Shortcodes, WP Cron, Language file loading, Actions and Filters and so on. You can search the plugin directory for ‘Debug Bar’.
Debug Bar | By WordPress
2. Query Monitor
The plugin gives you access to view all the ongoing database queries, as well as points out the rows that are being affected. Moreover, you can also review the rewrite rules, hooks fired on the current request, PHP errors and warning and even template filenames and parts. In addition, it also equipped with some advanced features such as debugging of Ajax calls, REST API calls, and user capability checks.
More to it also has the ability to pinpoint much of its output by checking plugin or theme, which is very beneficial because you can check whether the plugin is performing good or bad. The plugin primarily based on focusing heavily on displaying its information in a useful manner. For example, it group queries by the plugins, themes, or functions that are responsible for them.
Query Monitor | By John Blackbourn
This plugin provides you with the ability to customize fonts and colors in WordPress themes directly from the Customizer. Even if you want to make relevant changes to your website like in appearance without having to dig deeper into code, Styleguide will do it. The plugin lets you select from Google Fonts, and also other character sets and colors so that you can customize your website however you like. Moreover, the support can be added for additional themes also. This amazing plugin gives a unique look to your WordPress website. There is no need to hire a professional designer or make code changes yourself, just install Stylesheet and you are good to go.
Styleguide | By Ben Gillbanks
4. Theme Check
This is the most famous plugin for testing newly made theme according to WordPress standards. Theme developer especially uses this plugin to check for any loose ends in their theme. The plugins use WordPress basic rules to go through the theme and find out warnings & errors during development. In other words, you can review and determine that your theme meets the theme review guidelines of WordPress, before uploading for reviewing.
Theme check panel only consists of 3 parts, first theme selector drop-down menu, second the check it button and third the display area where all the results can be viewed. The best plugin for the theme developers, or anyone who wanted to make sure that their theme can clear the latest WordPress theme standards test.
Theme Check | By Otto42, pross
5. User Switching
User Switching allows you to instantly swap between different user accounts in WordPress with just a click of a button. The plugin lets you logged out and logged in as your required account. The plugin is proved handy in the testing phase of themes development. Just click “Switch To” in the Users menu. You can even roll back to the admin account as well. There is no need to type in the passwords again and again or any other special privileges.
The plugin is fully secured only users with the ability to edit other users can switch the accounts. This will protect you from unwanted access to your website. The cookie authentication system is used in WordPress when remembering the accounts. It also supports the user session validation where appropriate and also has supports for administration over SSL.
User Switching | By John Blackbourn & contributors