Trying to find the perfect plugins to use on your WordPress website can be a real pain in the back, especially when you are a developer. There are a handful of plugins that will truly help you out in your developmental process of an app, plugin, theme or what not.
It really is crucial that you have the right tools for the job when creating a certain thing on WordPress. So, I have compiled a list of the most important plugins that you will need for your developmental endeavors but to be frank the first one is the most important!
WP Reset is such a brilliant plugin that can do so many things that you will be using on a daily basis. It does not only reset your WordPress site when you want it to, but it also offers so much more.
First of all, it gives you the ability to reset your WordPress site whenever you wish. You can choose whether to reset the whole site or just certain aspects of the site (like resetting only the themes, a couple of plugins etc.).
Some of you can see how helpful this can be especially when you want to test out a plugin that you have been developing to see how it behaves with different things on the site. It makes the whole test phase of a plugin or theme faster by removing the tedious process of manually resetting the whole damn thing.
Also, you don’t have to worry that it will reset or remove any of your media, files, or core themes.
You can additionally speed up the process by creating a “Plugin and Theme Collections” where you save up all of your favorite plugins and themes. This allows you to quickly reinstall them to your site after each reset.
It can also be helpful when you want to teach people on how to use your plugin much quicker. It gives you the ability to quickly reset the whole thing (or certain aspects) and makes a fresh start for the new trainee that is going to start learning.
This is important because if someone messed up something while learning, it will not mess or interfere with the next learner’s experience.
It also has another handy tool which is the ability to change the version of WordPress you’re using. This can be especially helpful when you are testing certain plugins to see how they behave on different versions of WordPress.
It saves you so much time from doing it all manually. With WP Reset, it is just a click away (well a couple of clicks but you get my point).
This is yet another great plugin that gives you the ability to test out whatever you are developing. To quote the developer: “WP Htaccess Editor provides a simple, safe & fast way to edit & test the site’s htaccess file from WP admin.”
It is very handy, and it automatically creates a backup each time you make changes to the htaccess file. The backups can be restored through the plugin itself or through FTP.
Theme Check, some would argue, a must-have plugin if you are a theme creator. It gives you an insight on whether your theme is up to spec with the latest theme review standards. It is great because it will quickly and easily show you if your themes are up to the standards of WordPress.
The creators of the plugin understand that if a theme doesn’t conform to the latest standards, it’ll cause more harm than good. It seems they took a fine-tooth comb through the latest theme review standards (often updated) and translated that into a plugin that anyone can use
Now, you can simply use this plugin to confirm whether or not your theme is up to standards or if you need to choose a different one. With its simple UI, you can easily see through the admin menu all of the results at once in a nicely organized table.
Query Monitor is the go-to plugin if you want to solve bug and performance issues. It really shines when you want it to display all of the themes and plugins that are slowing down your WordPress site. This is crucial especially if you have a ton of plugins installed and are experiencing hiccups followed by the site slowing down.
The way it displays the information is what makes this plugin shine. It gives you a “Query Monitor” that displays the information in a very clean and simple fashion.
It also gives you an admin toolbar menu that grants you an overview of the current page with debugging info in special panels when you select a menu item.
And last but not least is User Switching created by John Blackbourn & contributors. As the name implies, this plugin allows you to simply, easily and quickly change between users on the fly.
A great number of you might have almost gone completely insane by the number of times you had to change the user who is editing and using WordPress, right? That tedious process of logging out, and then logging back in with a different user account is something that probably haunts some of you.
With this simple plugin, needless headache can be avoided by simply installing this plugin. This is a must-have, especially when you want to test out a plugin, theme or anything of that matter on your WordPress site.
Being a developer on WordPress can be at times very difficult, especially if you do not have the right tool at your disposal. With these plugins, I am sure that your life will become much easier when developing whatever you are developing on WordPress.
Regardless of what it is that you are developing on your site, WP Reset is a must-have. With all of its features and functionality, it is definitely a real gem for every developer on WordPress! And don’t forget about preparing a coming soon page while working on a live site.