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A collection of resources for WordPress Developers, written and curated by experts

Syncing WordPress Database Changes Between Environments: How We Handle Merging in 2022

Database synchronization is a problem that still gets raised almost every month in the local WordPress communities I’m part of – “if I am making changes to my local site,… Read more

Iain

Jan 28, 2022

Using Npm Scripts as a Build Tool

There are typically two types of JavaScript build tools: task runners and module bundlers. In this article, we’ll look at how to use project specific npm build scripts as a… Read more

Jonathan

Jan 25, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Installing WordPress in a Subdirectory

In this article, we look at the benefits and limitations of installing WordPress in a subdirectory, how to install and manage subdirectory installs, and how to move WordPress core out… Read more

Iain

Jan 19, 2022

Quickly Set Up Google AMP on Your WordPress Site

Should your WordPress sites use Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)? It’s a simple question with a complicated answer. When it was announced in 2015, Google billed the AMP Project as… Read more

Mike Davey

Jan 13, 2022

PHP Static Analysis

Get Started with PHP Static Code Analysis

Imagine a world where your IDE or code editor detected problems before you even ran the code. Imagine if whole categories of errors could be automatically identified and easily eliminated… Read more

Ross Wintle

Dec 21, 2021

You Don’t Need a Plugin for WebP Images on WordPress in 2022

Serving lightweight WebP images can help boost your site speed, critical as both a ranking factor and as part of the user experience. Not too long ago, you needed a… Read more

Mike Davey

Dec 8, 2021

Create Your Own SSL Certificate Authority for Local HTTPS Development

In 2018 Google started advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption, by marking sites not using an SSL certificate as “not secure” in their Chrome browser. This was widely accepted as… Read more

Brad

Nov 23, 2021

Understanding WordPress GUIDs: What They Are, and Why Change Them

The WordPress GUID is a unique identifier for individual posts, pages, media, and practically any other custom post type. As such, it’s a key element in rendering your WordPress content… Read more

Brad

Nov 17, 2021

The State of HTML Email in WordPress in 2022

One question that I’ve been asked a few times while working on WP Offload SES is how it handles HTML email. By default, WordPress sends out all emails as plain… Read more

Matt Shaw

Oct 27, 2021

Best Ways to Encrypt Passwords, Keys, & More with PHP in 2022

A few years ago I attended Laracon EU where Marcus Bointon gave a great talk on Crypto in PHP 7.2. I left the talk having a much greater appreciation for… Read more

Ashley

Sep 29, 2021

Why You Should Use the WordPress HTTP functions to Make API Requests

Sometimes your WordPress site needs to talk to other services around the web. This almost exclusively happens using the HTTP protocol. A common example of this is when your WordPress… Read more

Erik

Sep 8, 2021

The Ultimate Overview of the WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg) for Developers in 2022

I’ve been loosely following the noise and #wpdrama surrounding Gutenberg for as long as it has been around and honestly for the most part I’ve had negative feelings around it… Read more

Iain

Aug 25, 2021

Reviewing Craft Nitro & DevKinsta for WordPress Local Development

One of the cool things about my job as Developer Educator at Delicious Brains is that sometimes I get to try out new things that I might otherwise never discover.… Read more

Jonathan

Jul 28, 2021

How to set up WordPress to use Amazon SES

Running a site that sends a lot of emails, like an ecommerce site or a membership site, needs a reliable service to help keep up with the volume of emails… Read more

Matt Shaw

Jun 22, 2021

A WordPress Announcement of Epic Proportions

It’s hard to get the excitement of this announcement across in print. If you really want to feel the excitement and celebrate with us, you should check out the special… Read more

Brad

Jun 1, 2021

How to Use Xdebug for Advanced PHP Debugging

You could just debug your PHP code using dump debugging functions such as error_log, print, and var_dump, and let’s be honest, we’ve all done it a lot! While helpful sometimes,… Read more

Iain

Apr 21, 2021

Why You Should be Using WP_DEBUG_LOG in Your WordPress Development

Whether you’re a developer, or a site owner troubleshooting a problem with your site, understanding the WP_DEBUG_LOG constant for turning on the WordPress debug log is very important. In this… Read more

Brad

Apr 13, 2021

Delicious Brains Labs: Our Experiment with an AI Content Bot

Hey there, my name’s Jonathan. 👋 I’m the new Developer Educator at Delicious Brains. When I joined Delicious Brains in March, I had no idea what my first writing task… Read more

Cee Bee

Apr 1, 2021

PHP and cURL: How WordPress makes HTTP requests

cURL is the workhorse of the modern internet. As its tagline says, cURL is a utility piece of software used to ‘transfer data with urls‘. According to the cURL website,… Read more

Peter Tasker

Mar 24, 2021

Vue vs React: Which is the Best JavaScript Framework in 2021?

React or Vue.js, which JavaScript framework should you choose? React powers WordPress’ new editor while Vue.js is a popular framework in the Laravel community. In this post we’ll go over… Read more

Peter Tasker

Mar 17, 2021

Advanced Custom Fields: A Guide to Custom Fields and ACF Blocks

I’ve been a fan of Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) for a long time now. It’s used on almost every site I’ve built or worked on for the last few years.… Read more

Iain

Mar 16, 2021

Amazon SES vs SendGrid vs Mailgun vs Sendinblue: Pricing, Features, and WordPress Plugin Quality

It’s no secret that we love Amazon SES – we released a plugin that specifically helps you set it up on your WordPress site. But it’s also worth looking at… Read more

Matt Shaw

Feb 9, 2021

How to Create Custom WordPress Editor Blocks in 2021

The WordPress block editor (previously titled Gutenberg) includes a new way to add content to your WordPress posts, pages and soon all content on your WordPress site. It marks WordPress’… Read more

Peter Tasker

Feb 4, 2021

MailPoet and WordPress Newsletter Plugins vs Mailchimp and Drip in 2021

There are many options when it comes to sending out email newsletters for your WordPress site. You can choose from dozens of plugins or dedicated services like Mailchimp or Drip.… Read more

Matt Shaw

Jan 28, 2021