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

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

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 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

PHP Scoper: How to Avoid Namespace Issues in your Composer Dependencies

Composer. If you’ve worked with PHP for any period of time you’ve likely heard of or used Composer. We’ve written about it whole bunch on the blog before, and it’s… Read more

Peter Tasker

Jul 2, 2019

Behind-the-Scenes: Replacing All of WP Migrate DB Pro’s jQuery with React

My latest task for WP Migrate DB Pro is creating a new user interface and rewriting all the JavaScript for the plugin and addons. It is no small feat, let… Read more

Peter Tasker

Apr 23, 2019

WP Offload Media 2.1 Released: Google Cloud Storage Now Supported

You asked for it, and we’ve delivered! Today we’re very happy to announce the release of WP Offload Media 2.1 with support for Google Cloud Storage! Happily using WP Offload… Read more

Ian

Mar 5, 2019

Advanced Migration Workflow Tips For The Lazy WordPress Developer

Sure you migrate WordPress databases on the regular and have a pretty good idea of what you’re doing, but is there anything that could make your migrations go more quickly… Read more

Peter Tasker

Feb 19, 2019

WP Migrate DB Pro 1.9 Released: New Backups Tab and Refactored PHP

A mere eleven-or-so weeks after the release of the Theme & Plugin Files addon, WP Migrate DB Pro version 1.9 is out the door! We’ve added a brand new backups… Read more

Peter Tasker

Nov 27, 2018

An Introduction to WordPress Penetration Testing

Recently I had Tim Nash, the WordPress platform lead at 34SP.com, speak at the local WordPress meetup I help run. It’s the third time Tim has spoken at the meetup,… Read more

Iain

Nov 20, 2018

End-to-End Testing with Cypress

This week on the blog we’re going to talk about something I’m a big fan of: testing. Don’t fall asleep juuuust yet. If you’re like me, during development, you probably… Read more

Peter Tasker

Oct 2, 2018

Vue vs React: 2018 Edition

Just over a year ago I wrote a 🔥-y piece comparing Vue.js vs React. Today, the argument about these two JavaScript frameworks is as alive as ever, but over the… Read more

Peter Tasker

Aug 21, 2018

Getting into Go for PHP developers

How many programming languages do you regularly work with? But you probably have your favorites. Myself, I’ve built my career on PHP and JavaScript. I’m always looking to learn something… Read more

Peter Tasker

May 30, 2018

GDPR for WordPress Developers: Announcing the (Free) Anonymization Addon

Like me you are probably getting ten emails a day from companies announcing changes to their privacy policy or asking you to re-confirm your email address for marketing purposes. This… Read more

Iain

May 23, 2018

Updating WooCommerce: Our Safe & Thorough Guide

We’ve had a lot going on at Delicious Brains HQ recently; releasing this and that, planning new products, and generally pushing the envelope. However, that has meant some things have… Read more

Iain

May 1, 2018

How We Built Full Composer Support For Our Premium WordPress Plugins

Composer is the dependency manager of choice for PHP. It allows you to declare a list of project dependencies and will install and update them directly from the command line,… Read more

Ashley

Feb 27, 2018

Announcing X-Ray For Mergebot: Visualize Your Database Changes

Something new is coming to Mergebot, our solution for making merging database changes easier. One of the hardest things during site development is seeing what has been done to the… Read more

Brad

Nov 15, 2017

Using the New PDF Preview Images in WordPress 4.7 in the Real World

When WordPress 4.7 was released at the end of 2016 most of the response was around the new REST API endpoints for posts, comments, terms, users, meta, and settings. However,… Read more

Iain

May 16, 2017

Strategies for Handling Large WordPress Media Libraries in Dev and Staging Environments

One of the questions we get asked fairly often about WP Offload S3 is whether or not it is OK to use in development or staging environments. When done correctly,… Read more

Evan Mattson

May 9, 2017

Dependency Management and WordPress: A Proposal

‘Dependency hell’ is a problem faced by all software, and it has been rearing its ugly head in the WordPress space over the last few years with more and more… Read more

Iain

Mar 22, 2017

Introducing WP Image Processing Queue – On‑the‑Fly Image Processing Done Right

I’ve been bugging core contributors and plugin authors about background processing for a year and half now. To the point where Krogsgard even made fun of me for it at… Read more

Brad

Mar 7, 2017

Hooks, Line, and Sinker: WordPress’ New WP_Hook Class

The hooks system is a central pillar of WordPress and with the 4.7 release a major overhaul of how it works was merged. The Trac ticket that initially raised an… Read more

Peter Tasker

Jan 24, 2017

Writing Functional Tests for WP-CLI Packages

My last article was part of a short series on automating local WordPress site setup. In that series, we created a WP-CLI package that helps with installing and uninstalling WordPress… Read more

Matt Shaw

Jan 3, 2017

Deploying WordPress Plugins with Travis CI

Ever since I built my first WordPress plugin, the process of deploying the code to the WordPress.org Subversion repository has been a painful one. With Git as the widespread VCS… Read more

Iain

Dec 6, 2016