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

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

What is an SVG File Used For and Why Developers Should be Using Them

The adoption and adaptation of SVGs is without a doubt one of my favorite things to happen to the design and developer community in recent years. As a designer, they… Read more

Lewis Warren

Jan 19, 2021

The 4 Best Local WordPress Development Environments in 2021: XAMPP vs MAMP vs Local vs DesktopServer

An easy-to-use local testing server is one of the most important tools in a WordPress developer’s utility belt. Developing in a local environment lets you make changes to dev sites… Read more

Ram Ratan Maurya

Jan 14, 2021

How Unicode Works: What Every Developer Needs to Know About Strings and 🦄

What is Unicode? Waaay back in 2003 Joel Spolsky wrote about Unicode and why every developer should understand what it is and why it’s important. I remember reading that article… Read more

Peter Tasker

Jan 12, 2021

VS Code Wins Best PHP IDE/Editor for WordPress Development in 2021

When building software or websites, you’ll need to use an integrated development environment (IDE), a code editor or if you’re really brave, a text editor. They each offer different benefits… Read more

Caillie West

Jan 9, 2021

How We Use PhpStorm for WordPress Development

Many of the Delicious Brains team use PhpStorm, the PHP IDE from JetBrains, as their go-to code editor, development environment, and all-round PHP best friend. Some on the team swear… Read more

Iain

Dec 9, 2020

Switching to Windows for Local WordPress Development

As you may have noticed from reading our blog, we’ve highly favored Mac and Linux for WordPress development. And we’re not alone – through my very scientific and thorough research,… Read more

Matt Shaw

Oct 15, 2020

The Best Setup for Your Local WordPress Development Environment

When running a WordPress website it’s best practice to at least run a local copy of the site so you can make changes without running the risk of completely ruining… Read more

Iain

Sep 16, 2020

Valet vs VVV vs Chassis: A Comparison Guide to CLI-Based Local WordPress Development Environments

In my last article, I reviewed the best WordPress development environment apps out there. But that’s not all of it, there are a number of great options available as well… Read more

Ram Ratan Maurya

Sep 1, 2020

Set Up Visual Studio Code and xDebug as the Ultimate Editor for WordPress Development

If you keep up with the many text editors and developer tools available, you may have heard of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code. VS Code is a free, open source code… Read more

Matt Shaw

Aug 5, 2020

Grunt vs Gulp: Battle of the Build Tools

In JavaScript land, things move fast and technology advances at a crazy pace. Most modern applications are built using technologies like Vue.js and React, making use of module bundlers like… Read more

Gilbert Pellegrom

Jun 25, 2020

Using JavaScript FileReader to Upload Large Files in Chunks and Avoid Server Limits

If you’ve spent any amount of time messing with PHP config files to get a file to upload, you know that uploading large files can be a real pain. You… Read more

Matt Shaw

Jun 9, 2020

The Ultimate Developer’s Guide to the WordPress Database

Here at Delicious Brains we eat, drink and sleep databases. However, we believe that any developer working with WordPress should have some level of knowledge about the database that sits… Read more

Iain

Jun 3, 2020

SQL Query Optimization for Faster WordPress Sites

You know that a fast site == happier users, improved ranking from Google, and increased conversions. Maybe you even think your WordPress site is as fast as it can be… Read more

Iain

Apr 7, 2020

Vagrant vs Docker: Which is better for WordPress development?

Before Docker came on the scene Vagrant was the go-to solution for creating development environments that can be configured independently of your machine and shared with a team. There are… Read more

Gilbert Pellegrom

Mar 31, 2020

Amazon S3 vs CloudFront: Why Delivering WordPress Media Directly From S3 is a Bad Idea

Amazon S3 is a sensible choice for storing your website’s assets in the cloud, but for delivery the benchmarks show that using a CDN is necessary to see any major… Read more

Matt Shaw

Mar 10, 2020

5 Ways to Create a WordPress Plugin Settings Page

It’s been a while since I created a new WordPress plugin from scratch, but recently I decided to turn some code that was working just for me into a fully… Read more

Iain

Feb 18, 2020

WordPress, JavaScript and PHP Conferences to Add to Your Calendar in 2020

Whether you’re hoping to speak at a conference, looking to network or just there to learn, attending a conference can be beneficial to you and your career in a number… Read more

Caillie West

Jan 14, 2020

Automated API Testing For Your WordPress Site With Codeception

I’ve previously written about how we use Codeception to perform automated testing on our WooCommerce site where we sell our plugins. Automated tests give us peace of mind that our… Read more

Iain

Dec 31, 2019

Inertia.js: Building Single-Page Apps the Old Way

Update: We’ve written a newer, more detailed tutorial on Inertia using Laravel Jetstream. I’ve been building Laravel apps for years now. From large, data-heavy apps like Mergebot (RIP 😢) and… Read more

Gilbert Pellegrom

Dec 4, 2019

WordPress Plugin Development Best Practices: Template Files

When we talk about templates in WordPress we are normally referring to page template files in the theme. However, there are plugins that use template files to display content, and… Read more

Iain

Nov 19, 2019