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WordPress Development Tools

Here is a list of some useful plugins, tools, and PHP packages that can assist you in WordPress development. They can help to optimize your workflow, debug issues, and add more functionality to your sites.

  1. Query Monitor: This plugin allows you to view all ongoing database queries, as well as the rows being affected. It’s excellent for debugging performance issues.
  2. Debug Bar: A plugin that adds a debug menu to the admin bar that shows query, cache, and other helpful debugging information.
  3. Advanced Custom Fields: This plugin allows you to add custom fields to your WordPress edit screens.
  4. WP Migrate DB: This plugin exports your WordPress database as a MySQL data dump, does a find and replace on URLs and file paths, then allows you to save it to your computer.
  5. Custom Post Type UI: This tool allows you to easily create custom post types and taxonomies in WordPress.
  6. Composer: Not a plugin, but a must-know tool for any PHP developer. It’s a dependency manager that lets you manage PHP packages for your project, including WordPress plugins and themes.
  7. PHPUnit: A programmer-oriented testing framework for PHP. It’s an instance of the xUnit architecture for unit testing frameworks and essential for ensuring your code behaves as expected.
  8. Guzzle: A PHP HTTP client that makes it easy to send HTTP requests and trivial to integrate with web services.
  9. Whoops: A nice little library that helps you develop and maintain your projects better, by helping you handle errors and exceptions in a less painful way.
  10. WP-CLI: A set of command-line tools for managing WordPress installations. You can update plugins, set up multisite installations, and much more, without using a web browser.
  11. Adminer: A database management tool that can handle MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL, Oracle, SimpleDB, Elasticsearch, and MongoDB.
  12. User Switching: This plugin allows you to quickly swap between user accounts in WordPress at the click of a button. You’re instantly logged out and logged in as your desired user.
  13. Monolog: This library allows you to send your logs to files, sockets, inboxes, databases, and various web services.
  14. 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.

Remember to always verify the compatibility and support of these plugins and packages with your current version of WordPress or PHP. Also, follow good practices while using them to maintain the security and performance of your WordPress websites.