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Toolbox of the Smart WordPress Developer: Series Finale

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You thought you’d never see the end of this series, didn’t you? After all, there are thousands of great WordPress tools to talk about in the WordPress community! But as the wise Oracle in the Matrix once said, everything has a beginning has an end, Neo.

In this last part of the “Toolbox of the Smart WordPress Developer” series, we’re going to go through what we covered in the previous parts and conclude the series with both joy and sorrow.

The Tools We Went Through

Over the course of the series, we’ve covered 13 great tools that you can use with your next WordPress project. Since this is just a “series finale”, I’m not going to go into much detail; instead I’ll just do a recap of all. Feel free to navigate through the parts that cover the tools you’re interested in.

In the first part, we (naturally) did an introduction for the series.

In the second part, we started off reviewing our “WordPress developer toolbox” with Kirki, a great tool to extend the abilities of the Customizer.

In the third part, we continued our journey to the toolbox with GenerateWP, a website to generate WordPress-related code. Even though it might seem as if the website is for WordPress beginners, I believe that even WordPress gurus can make use of it. Plus, it’s a great way to share our WordPress-related snippets as well.

In the fourth part, we went over the Theme Check plugin. No matter what your intention is while creating your theme (whether it be for Envato Marketplaces, the WordPress theme directory or even yourself), Theme Check is a great tool to check your theme against bad coding practices and worse mistakes. You can even use it for checking your existing themes against, say, malicious code.

In the fifth part, we took a gander at WP Quick Install, a nice little tool to build a customized WordPress installation. It can even be automatized to build WordPress installations with plugins and themes inside, so be sure to learn about this tool—you never know when you might need it.

In the sixth part, we reviewed the WordPress Plugin Boilerplate by Tom McFarlin. It’s one of the best tools to help create WordPress plugins with an OOP mindset, so don’t forget to bookmark it in your “WordPress Developer Toolbox” folder if you’re making (or want to make) plugins.

In the seventh part, we took a glance at the Envato WordPress Toolkit. If you’re buying your themes from ThemeForest, this one’s is especially handy for you, since it only requires your ThemeForest API keys in return for giving you the opportunity to install the themes you purchased straight from your admin panel.

In the eighth part, we went over two tools at once: WXR File Splitter and WP Serialized Search & Replace. The first tool helps you split the XML backup file that WordPress generates, while the second one lets you do “search & replace” operations inside the WordPress database, while keeping serialized entries error‑free.

In the ninth part, we reviewed WordPress GitHub Plugin Updater, a tool whose name explains itself: It helps you push update notifications to your plugin’s users, even though you’re hosting your plugin on GitHub instead of the WordPress Plugin Repository.

In the tenth part, we went through Instant WordPress, a Windows program that generates WordPress installations that can run from a completely portable web server inside Windows. Crazy, right?

In the eleventh part, we had a look at Vafpress. Vafpress is an absolutely awesome options framework, allowing you to create options panels for your themes and plugins. It has an impressive set of features and not-so-good documentation. Be sure to check out this part.

In the twelfth part, we ran through CMB2, a cryptically-named WordPress tool that helps us create custom meta boxes.

In the thirteenth part, we checked out WP-CLI, probably the most unusual tool in our developer toolbox. It’s a command-line interface which saves you a ton of time, if you’re into that sort of thing (server controls with command-line interfaces).

In the fourteenth part, we glanced at some other tutorials that have been published on Tuts+ Code over the past few years about useful tools that could have been covered in this series, if they hadn’t already been covered on Tuts+ Code.

And in the last part, this part, we’re finishing up the series. Almost done.

The End

There are many, many more WordPress tools out there which I can’t possibly talk about. Even so, I believe that I’ve managed to present to you a satisfying set of tools over the course of this series. If you learned something new from reading this series, I’m happy to have helped you learned it.

Did you like this series? Did you learn about any new tools that you’re anxious to talk about? Tell us what you think in the Comments section below. And if you liked it, don’t forget to share some (or all) of the parts with your friends!


PS: If you think there’s another tool that needs to be shared with the readers of the Tuts+ community, feel free to let me know about it. It would be cool to have an “addendum” part, don’t you think?