There are a number of plugins for WordPress Developers that I consider to be must-have for any local development environment. These include:
- Theme Check
- Log Deprecated Notices
- RTL Tester
- Theme Unit Test even though is is technically import data
Each of these serves a unique purpose when working on themes and plugins especially if you care about localization and using the latest version of the WordPress API.
The downside is that it can be somewhat of a pain to install these each time you setup a new development environment (depending on how you actually setup your local machine).
But thanks to the guys over at WordPress VIP, this process for getting up and running with the necessary suite of plugins for WordPress developers is much easier.
That’s why we built-in the Developer plugin. It’s your one-stop resource to optimally configure your development environment by making sure you have all the essential settings and plugins installed and available.
If you’re doing any type of development on the WordPress platform – be it as a hobby or in a professional capacity – I highly recommend checking out this plugin.
Here’s a couple of shots directly from the source:
For what it’s worth, Developer Plugin is replacing my usual set of tools and I definitely suggest giving it a try. My guess is that once you start using it, you won’t go back to anything else.
It makes it much easier to know you’ve got your environment configured in an optimal state of development and it’s backed by Automattic.