6 essential plugins for developers

In this article, you will find a recommendation about the 6 essential plugins for developers (or freelancers or programmers) that you must have installed on your WordPress and/or in your client's website (with WordPress).

1. Maintenance mode

Although there are a lot of plugins to put your WordPress maintenance mode, there are two plugins that stand out above the rest: WP Maintenance Mode and Maintenance. This type of plugins is very useful when you need to update or correct an installation of a client and you anticipate that this may not be available for some time.

With these plugins, you can activate the HTTP code "503 Service temporarily unavailable" and set up a temporary page to access the web (which is also customizable) so that only authorized users (for example, your client) can access to the website and see how is getting your work.

2. Query Monitor

Query Monitor is a plugin for debugging our WordPress. If you are developing a plugin and want to know what impact it has on your installation, this plugin can help you, as it offers very detailed reports.

Some think that learn to use this type of plugins is quite complicated … but when you're doing things that just do not work very well, being able to manage this plugin will save you time and solve problems quickly.

3. WP Pusher

This plugin allows you to distribute WP themes and plugins from GitHub too easily. You can install and update themes and plugins directly from WordPress. 

WP Pusher extends the basic functionality of WordPress to update its components and adds a GitHub repository as a source from which to obtain plugins and themes. 

Imagine the comfort of your job to keep updated on GitHub and, at the same time, your customers can update their copy of your plugin/theme!

You may like to know that although is a paid plugin, there is a 100% free version of Open Source projects.

4. Advanced Custom Fields and Custom Post Type UI

Custom post types and custom fields are features that have existed for quite some time in WordPress. But if you want to add new types or new fields, you must study the Codex and programmed yourself.

Advanced Custom Fields and Custom Post Type UI are two plugins that must be part of our development. Both plugins add a super-friendly user interface that lets you create custom fields and post types with a few clicks.

5. Regenerate Thumbnails

There is a common problem for developers that always appear when they migrated web client: the images they had in the old website not look good on the new one. And it's not because the highest resolution of the images, but simply have not been all thumbnails properly generated as the theme needs.

The problem of thumbnails doesn't only happen when you migrate the web or change the theme. It also happens often in themes developers. Unfortunately, the thumbnails that your theme needs at a given time not match with the ones that WordPress has generated.

In order to solve this problem, you can install Regenerate Thumbnails. A very simple plugin that will allow you to regenerate all your thumbnails to the current theme. Also, it allows you to modify a set of images through batch actions.

6. WP Migrate DB Pro

This is one of the most useful plugins there to migrate the content of a WordPress to another. WP Migrate DB allows you to move the database from one installation to another, which is great for migration and to manage production environments / test. If this is a job you do often, you should consider using a plugin like this. It also includes the possibility of replacing the URL that is in the database so that all point to the new domain, which is always good.

And…. what do you use?

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Excellent news for Android

WordPress is one of the most used platforms for creating and develop web pages because of its functionality, adaptability and tools that help make changes or adds features that other sites cannot. But it also has a big problem, which is its unsuitability for new platforms, such as cell phones and tablets, for both, its system and its plugins.

Although the latest versions of WordPress have made several changes to improve this, still lacking for the platform to be 100% responsive.

The application of WordPress for Android is even more limited than the web version, in fact, it no longer supports the official version, and a CMS platform as complete (and complex in many ways) like WordPress can not have this error in the mobile world.

It’s true that many plugins are responsive for mobile devices, but the platform isn’t. And WordPress is trying to change that.

Despite that WordPress release a new version for Android, including really useful features, such as allowing access to the fingerprint on devices with the hardware (safer, impossible), it’s not the best platform to work with mobile devices.

Multimedia screen content has also been renovated, being more attractive and complete, and it is now possible to upload multiple images and videos at the same time, a feature that many programmers and developers were asking for some time now.

Now, in the mobile version, in management publications, you can see that now deleted posts go to the trash (like the web version), and users defined as “authors" can log in to the website without password (WordPress will not be asked constantly). Two great improvements to the system. 

To have the Android version of WordPress you can download directly from Google Play, but until they have a perfect system that transforms the audio into text, the mobile will remain a very limited form of writing complex publications.

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