WordPress is currently the most famous content management system which rolled out as a blogging platform and CMS. WordPress has become the most reliable and trusted powerful website development platform as well. There are several plugins, themes, and extensions built by a strong development community to support WordPress.
Latest versions are rolled out periodically and up to date features are added to incorporate the newer technologies like mobile platform and more. As WordPress is an open source system, it offers a variety of tools using which developers can enhance their skills, development process and deliver projects much faster. Whether it is testing posts, regenerating images, or creating option pages, the list is unending and room for growth is unlimited. Most of us have heard about these tools, but very few know or have incorporated these tools in their development.
(A) Building Websites Made Easy with WordPress Browser Plugins
The most common and well-known WordPress extension which is also the favourite of all developers and designers – Firebug, has almost all the required features using which you can edit, make live changes to any website page. Those who choose the Firebug extension, they also add the Codeburner, which is an extension that helps in adding reference materials for HTML and CSS.
For those who are looking for a decent extension for responsive design, Web Developer offers an array of development options to Firefox. Using Web Developer extension, it is easier to customize the size of the browser window as per the requirements.
WordPress Website Management
For most, logging in and out from several WordPress websites can be annoying, so in order simplify the process, the WordPress website manager provides you the direct access to the main page of all the websites. It stores the login credentials and adds extra features to the WordPress editor.
(B) Enhancing WordPress Website Designs
Attractive website design is an imperative part of any development process, including functionalities and features. Using the tools given below, one can easily convert unappealing websites into great creations.
If you are looking for a tool which can help you with the accessibility of image database to enhance the quality and design of the websites then Pictura is the right extension. It enables you to get access to the Flickr database and you can choose the image of your choice by locating the image license. It is a source of free images which has several options different types of images.
If you are not satisfied with the images or quality of images available with the above extension, you can evaluate the Font Awesome. This extension offers you access to the library of pictograms from where you can download the entire stack and scale the vector icons as per the requirements. You can also customize the vector icons as per your choice using CSS.
Adding animated graphics and dynamic physics animations makes the website more attractive and good looking. Whether it is springing, falling, bouncing or accelerating, there are several options to move the object on screen as per your requirements.
(C) Speed Up Your Development
Coding the crucial part of the WordPress Website Development process which also can be considered as the heart of the website. Using the proper WordPress tools, you can not only enhance the development process, but also speed up the coding.
It is not necessary that an IDE has to be an external applications, one can create the same in the WordPress using Synchi. With the help of this plugin, you can have powerful development features like syntax highlighting, auto-completion and more.
The Codekit is application is speacially designed and developed to help developers fasten their process. It has several pre-processing languages and features to refresh browsers across various devices for testing. If you are looking optional tool, then go for Prepros.
(D) Simplifying the Debugging Process
i. Debug Bar
After installing the Debug Bar on the WordPress site, a new debug menu will be added to the admin bar which will display query, cache and information related to debugging. This plugin has been developed by the WordPress community so you can expect a high quality.
ii. Theme Check
For checking the theme, you can use the Theme Check automated testing tool which helps in ensuring that the latest practices and standards are followed.
Apart from the tools discussed in the above list, there are several other tools available for WordPress website for testing and enhancing productivity. It is not necessary that you have to install all the plugins or extensions, but choose the one which best suits your requirements. If you need any assistance with the development or enhancement of wordpress websites, then you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.