10+ WordPress plugins for developers

One of the good points of WordPress is its community: There are a million of WordPress plugins dedicated to achieve almost tasks. For this article, I focus on 10 plugins that is really useful to create a developer blog.

Preserve Code Formatting

Have you ever tried to display code snippets in WordPress? If your answer was “yes”, I’m pretty sure you had trouble to do so, at least during your first tries. Why? Because of html entities and WordPress formatting.
By using the “Preserve Code Formating” WordPress plugin, you can say a definitive goodbye to all that kind of problems.
A definitive life saver for developer’s blogs.
» Source : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/preserve-code-formatting/

Wp Advanced Code Editor

WP Advanced Code Editor integrates the EasyArea advanced code editor into WordPress. This adds real time syntax highlighting, line numbering, full screen editing, and more to the code editor in the “Add New Post” and “Add New Page” screens.
» Source : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-advanced-code-editor/


If you’re a developer, you may sometimes find a bit frustrating the fact that WordPress do not allow you to run PHP code in the editor or in Text widgets.
The “Run PHP” plugin solves this problem. The permissions to run some PHP are handled by user roles and capabilities. Note that this plugin will also work on PHP 4 servers.

Vim Color Improved

Highly inspired by the Drupal module of the same name, “Vimcolor” highlights your code in many different formats. VIM is a common programmers text editor for (usually) unix based systems. Out of the box VIM can color the syntax of 200+ languages including PHP, Perl, C, HTML, Fortran, Haskell, Java, etc.
» Source : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vim-color-improved/

SQL Executionner

While working with a database-driven website, as such as WordPress, you may often need to directly look inside the database for some info, or execute a few queries to update or delete entries.
Sure, PhpMyAdmin do that job perfectly, but why connecting to another software when you can do it inside WordPress, suing the SQL Executionner plugin?
» Source : http://justinsomnia.org/2008/02/the-wordpress-sql-executioner/

Google Syntax Highlighter

The Google Syntax Highlighter plugin easily integrate Alex Gorbatchev’s Syntax Highlighting code into your WordPress blog. Just install the plugin and you’ll be able to automatically color the code snippets you posted on your blog.
The Google Syntax Highlighter plugin is 100% Javascript based, so it will not contribute to your server load.
» Source : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-syntax-highlighter/

Wp Development Utilities

Once you have installed this plugin, you’ll be able to use a full set of functions designed to help your find and debug your WordPress themes or plugins. Among other things, you can retrieve user capabilities, web server name, get the ID of a permalink…
» Source : http://www.blogdev.info/bd/wordpress/plugins/wp-development-utilities.htm

WP Developer Assistant

WP Developer Assistant is a complete toolkit for all WordPress developers. It allows you to see all WordPress predefined constants, easy access and modify the options table, view actions and hooks, and a lot more.
» Source : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-developer-assistant

Anti Internet Explorer 6

You probably already know that I hate IE6. This is the reason why I can’t resist to list this plugin on here. It purpose is pretty simple: Once installed, it will detect the loser’s browser and will deny it access to your blog.

Hosting monitor

A website can’t be great with a good and reliable host. In order to alays keep an eye on your server, you should definitely install the “Hosting Monitor”, a monitoring WordPress plugin created by WebHostingSearch.
Lots of info can be retrieved and displayed: Memory usage, server load, uptime…
» Source : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-phpsysinfo-widget/


Ever wished to be able to display information about GET/POST requests, session variables, server info from the php.ini, or included files? The Wp-Debug plugin allow you to see what’s going on the inside.
A very good tool to learn more about WordPress.

WordPress Console

The WordPress Console is definitely the kind of plugin any WordPress developer should have installed. It provide an interactive console that loads the WordPress environement.
You can then test any PHP code. A great way to learn the WordPress API! Note that a screencast and a detailed tutorial are availables.
» Source : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-console/

Even more WordPress developement resources

  • WpRecipes is another blog of mine, where I enjoy sharing lots of WordPress hacks with my readers.
  • WordPress Help Sheet : Created by WpCandy.com, this help sheet will always be there to remind you about template files, functions and useful code snippets.
  • WordPress TextMate Bundle is an extension or the popular TextMate editor. A must have for all WordPress developers!
  • WordPress Codex is the most well known resource for all WordPress developers. You’ll find pretty much anything there.