Did you know that a plugin hosted on the WordPress.org Plugin Directory can use a readme.md markdown file instead of readme.txt? If you manage your plugin on GitHub or GitLab and use a readme.md file there’s no need to maintain or generate a separate readme.txt file — just send the readme.md file straight to wordpress.org.
WordPress Developer Tools
I maintain many plugins, tools, and resources for WordPress developers. Here’s the full list.
Coding Projects: November 2019
At any point in time I usually have a few coding projects on the go. Over the last two years I’ve made a conscious effort to focus on a few projects instead of trying to do everything, so I don’t spread myself too thinly. Here’s a list of projects I’m working on currently.
WordPress Hook Autocompletion for VS Code
I’ve published a VS Code extension which autocompletes WordPress action and filter names and the corresponding callback function. Check out the extension here on the VS Code Marketplace. It’s new and this is my first VS Code extension so it needs some more work. I’ll be improving it over time but I hope you find… Continue reading WordPress Hook Autocompletion for VS Code
The Unprofessional Web
You may have heard some news over the last few days about obfuscated and malicious code allegedly being found within a WordPress plugin published by a theme shop called pipdig. Jem Turner covered it here and Wordfence Security covered it here, although the latter chose to only use the word “peculiar” as I suspect they’ve… Continue reading The Unprofessional Web
Brief Thoughts on a Ten Year Old WordPress Plugin
Today my User Switching plugin for WordPress turns ten years old. Its active user base passed 100,000 last year which I think classifies it as moderately popular. For a plugin that’s primarily developer-oriented that’s a good number.
My Code Extensions
Last updated: January 2020 I’ve previously written about my Sublime Text packages, but I’ve since switched to the excellent VS Code editor. If you’ve already disregarded this editor based on the Visual Studio prefix in its name, please don’t. There really is no relation to Visual Studio, and I suspect that the marketing team at… Continue reading My Code Extensions
Rendering Dynamic Gutenberg Blocks in Theme Template Parts
Gutenberg is an ambitious project that aims to completely overhaul the experience of writing content in WordPress. One of the problems you’ll soon run into when building a block for Gutenberg is that as a block becomes more complex, storing its complete output statically becomes undesirable. If a block contains several fields or its output… Continue reading Rendering Dynamic Gutenberg Blocks in Theme Template Parts
Documentation for Emails Sent by WordPress
Ever wondered about situations where WordPress sends an email? I documented them all & how to filter or disable them. The document lists every situation where WordPress sends an email, along with how to filter or disable each email.
Reducing Travis CI Build Times for WordPress Projects
Recently I’ve been working to reduce the Travis CI build times of not only WordPress core, but also the WordPress plugins and projects that I maintain. The following patterns and tips will help you speed up your build times. Comments welcome!