Must-Have Plugins and Tools for WordPress Developers

I created a list of WordPress plugins and tools for debugging, logging data, working with translation files, analyzing performance, and making your WordPress development and QA tasks efficient and manageable.

Plugins

Fast User Switching

Fast user switching between users and roles directly from the WordPress admin toolbar or from the users admin list in a single click. This plugin is especially useful if your workflow requires you to manage multiple accounts, or when you need to quickly switch back and forth between different customer accounts to test and debug new features in the customer account area and you want to see your store the way your customers are seeing it.

Admins can switch to any user roles by clicking the “Switch User” menu in the WordPress admin toolbar, and you can switch back to your admin account by logging out from the customer account.

Fast User Switching

RTL Tester

This plugin adds a button to the admin bar that allows admins to switch the text direction of the store from LTR to RTL. It can be used to test WordPress themes, plugins, and admin settings with Right To Left (RTL) text direction.

RTL Tester

Debug Bar

The debug bar plugin adds a debug menu to the admin bar that shows query, cache, and other helpful debugging information. You can enable the WP_DEBUG to tracks PHP Warnings and Notices and the SAVEQUERIES for mysql queries to be tracked and displayed in the debug menu.

Debug Bar

Query Monitor

Query Monitor is a very helpful developer tools plugin for WordPress, it adds a toolbar at the WordPress admin bar that displays debugging of database queries, PHP errors, hooks and actions, block editor blocks, enqueued scripts and stylesheets, HTTP API calls, and more.

Debug Bar

We create a list of super-useful plugins that are Must-Have for every WordPress plugins for debugging, logging data, viewing the website as any user roles, working with translation files, analyzing performance, and making difficult development and QA tasks efficient and manageable.

Loco Translate

Loco Translate plugin provides in-browser editing of WordPress themes and plugins translation files. It also provides localization tools for developers, such as extracting strings and generating templates.

Loco Translate

Activity Log

This plugin lets you monitor and track your site activity, you can find out exactly who does what on your WordPress website. the plugin logs every activity in WordPress, and lets you see exactly what other users are doing on your site, if post or a product were created or updates, to check when a plugin was activated/deactivated and monitor any other admin activity

Activity Log

Log Deprecated Notices

This plugin logs the usage of deprecated files, functions, and function arguments. It identifies where the deprecated functionality is being used and offers the alternative if available.

Log Deprecated Notices

Health Check & Troubleshooting

Health Check gives you a breakdown of your overall WordPress site perfortmance. You can get reports for how the server-side stuff is going and generally just gives your WP site a once-over. Kind of like going to the doctor for a physical. Not really designed for everyday users, you web developers out there will get a lot of use out of this one.

Health Check & Troubleshooting

Download Plugin

This utility plugin does one thing only, it adds a download link to any plugin in your WordPress plugins list, this is helpful when you wish to make a backup of a plugin for future installation or to migrate into a different environment and saves you the need to download the file through FTP.

Download Plugin

Tools

GenerateWP 

GenerateWP is a handy set of tools for WordPress Developers to create custom and high quality code for your WordPress project using the latest WordPress coding standards and API’s. You can generate readme files, shortcodes, post types, dashboard widgets, admin tool bars, hooks, custom snippets and more..

WooCommerce Dev Helper

WooCommerce Dev Helper is a simple and opinionated plugin by Skyverge for helping develop and debug WooCommerce & extensions. This plugin should be used only on development environment and will allow you to test subscriptions, memberships, bogus payment gateways and more..

wpdevmetrics

wpdevmetrics was created to help WordPress Developers keep track of their plugins and themes published on the WordPress repository, this tool provides a dashboard for all your plugins and themes in one place with detailed insights on how your WordPress plugin or theme are performing, in terms of downloads and active users.

wpdevmetrics uses the official WordPress API to grab the statistics, so you can search for your plugin and simply add it to the dashboard and all the stats and downloads history will be instantly available. You can see for which keywords your plugin.

One of the best features is the option to get daily, weekly and monthly digests of your plugins performance so if you publish many plugins on WordPress.org, you will not have to check each one of them manually..

 

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