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

WordPress, Spam Filtering, and You: From SPF to DKIM to Blocklists

There is no one key to making sure WordPress site emails are sent reliably and stay out of the recipient’s spam folder. A common recommendation is to use a dedicated… Read more

Matt Shaw

Nov 1, 2022

Remotely Back Up Your WordPress Database and Media With WP Migrate CLI

Keeping regular backups of your WordPress installs is one of the most important things you should do after you launch a site. If you search for the term “backup” in… Read more

Mike Davey

Oct 25, 2022

Exploring Email Tracking With Amazon SES and CloudWatch

Every WordPress site has to send emails, but there’s no built-in tracking for them. This makes it impossible to know if your emails are being opened and clicked or just… Read more

Matt Shaw

Oct 5, 2022

WP Offload Media 3.0 Released: New User Interface, Media Library Enhancements, and More

Today we’re excited to announce the release of WP Offload Media 3.0. The introduction of a brand new user interface, powerful filters and columns in the Media Library, and revamped… Read more

Kevin Hoffman

Sep 29, 2022

The Developer’s Advanced Guide to the wp-config File

How well do you really know wp-config? There’s a surprising amount of power in those few lines of PHP! This article is a tour of some bits of wp-config that… Read more

Ross Wintle

Sep 27, 2022

WP Migrate 2.4 Released: Faster Migrations, Must-Use Plugins, WP Engine Compatibility, and More

Today we’re pleased to announce the official release of WP Migrate 2.4. With new capabilities for migrating must-use plugins and other files in the wp-content directory, it’s now possible to… Read more

Kevin Hoffman

Sep 22, 2022

Managing WordPress Dev Environments With WP-CLI and Robo

Automating repetitive tasks is one of the best ways to save time in your development workflow. In my day to day work as a plugin developer, I often have to… Read more

Erik

Sep 13, 2022

How to Test Webhooks From Public APIs in Local Development

Webhooks are a mechanism for receiving notifications about events from disparate systems without having to continuously poll them. Also called Reverse APIs, they can be thought of as providing “API… Read more

Sanjucta Ghose

Aug 25, 2022

WP-CLI Packages: Supercharge Your WordPress Development

WP-CLI lets you do pretty much anything you can do in the WordPress admin, but faster and more efficiently with a command-line interface. WP-CLI packages take this even further by… Read more

Mike Davey

Aug 18, 2022

How to Switch Your WordPress Site from HTTP to HTTPS

Just about every WordPress website should be served over HTTPS instead of HTTP, for reasons of both security and SEO. HTTP content isn’t encrypted, leaving your site vulnerable, and Google… Read more

Matt Shaw

Aug 10, 2022

Installing, Updating, and Managing WordPress Plugins With WP-CLI

WP-CLI allows you to do practically anything you can do in the WordPress admin, but on the command line. This saves a lot of time and provides a cleaner workflow.… Read more

Erik

Jul 26, 2022

Managing Your WordPress Site With Git and Composer

Managing WordPress with Git and Composer has some big advantages. In particular, it can give you version control and helps get new people up to speed quickly. But it’s not… Read more

Ross Wintle

Jul 6, 2022

Our Guide to WP-CLI Command Structure

The WordPress command line interface (WP-CLI) is an incredible tool for improving your development workflow. Understanding how commands are structured is key to using WP-CLI to its full potential. In… Read more

Erik

Jun 28, 2022

WP Engine Has Acquired the Delicious Brains Plugins!!

That’s right! Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), WP Migrate, WP Offload Media, WP Offload SES, and Better Search Replace are now part of the WP Engine family of products, enhancing their… Read more

Brad

Jun 2, 2022

How to Use tmux for Remote & Local Development

The tmux terminal multiplexer is often used in remote development, but it has interesting applications for local dev work as well. In this article, I’ll explain what a terminal multiplexer… Read more

Ian

May 25, 2022

Backup Plugin Battle: Which is the Best WordPress Backup Plugin in 2022?

Backing up your site is a little like buying fire insurance. You never need it outside of a catastrophe, but not having it is just going to make the catastrophe… Read more

Mike Davey

May 10, 2022

WP Migrate 2.3 Released: Database-Less and Subsite-to-Subsite Migrations, Version Comparisons, and a New Name

Today we’re pleased to announce the official release of WP Migrate 2.3. Yep, you read that correctly, we’ve dropped the “DB Pro.” We’ll discuss more about the name change later… Read more

Kevin Hoffman

Mar 31, 2022

Debugging React, JavaScript, and PHP at the Same Time With PhpStorm

Ever since I discovered how to configure PhpStorm with Xdebug for debugging, it’s been my go-to solution for hunting down difficult to reproduce bugs. What I didn’t know until very… Read more

Jonathan

Mar 29, 2022

Install WP-CLI

The Complete Guide to Installing WP-CLI

The WordPress command line interface (WP-CLI) is a powerful WordPress-developer focused tool. Here at Delicious Brains we use it to help us write tests, manage changes to our site databases,… Read more

Erik

Mar 15, 2022

WP Offload Media 2.6: BuddyBoss Integration, Offloading Files Outside of the Media Library, WP 5.9 Compatibility

Today we’re pleased to announce the official release of WP Offload Media 2.6, which includes a brand new BuddyBoss integration and improves how media is offloaded, including files outside of… Read more

Kevin Hoffman

Mar 9, 2022

WP REST API vs admin-ajax.php vs Must-Use Plugin: Handling AJAX Requests in WordPress

The WordPress REST API was merged into WordPress core in version 4.7. Before that, developers relied on the default AJAX implementation, otherwise known as admin-ajax after the /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php file that… Read more

Matt Shaw

Feb 22, 2022

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 Poulson

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 Poulson

Jan 19, 2022