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Coders using WordPress, this post is for you. Here are a few plugins that should make your WordPress hacking life faster, happier, and more productive. What a promise, heh? :)

Plugin: User Switching

John Blackbourn freshly released this handy plugin with which you can instantly swap between user accounts, without having to log out then log back in as another user. This plugin should come really handy when coding something that needs to play nice with user permissions and roles.


Get it: User Switching.

Plugin: No Login

Toot toot! Here is my own No Login plugin. Its purpose is simple: never see the login form again and directly load pages of the admin area as user "admin". Cookie expired, or need to visit the admin area with another browser to check your neat CSS/JS work? No time to waste on the login form! (plus, admit it, you never remember if your test account on your test site has password "123456" or "asdf")


Get it: No Login.

Note: as of writing, "No Login" and "User Switching" are mutually exclusive (or to be more accurate, No Login enforces authentification of "admin" and does not allow user switching. But I really like John's plugin concept. I'll update the plugin so they can cohabit peacefully.

Plugin: Theme Tester

WordPress' Automattic's Donncha's contribution to this list is a plugin that gives users with sufficient permissions (“switch_themes” capability) a theme browser that will change the current theme for them only, while regular visitors will see your site as usual. Pretty cool if you want to check how your content suits, or does not, a theme layout before going live.

Get it: Theme Tester

Plugin: Theme Test Drive

Vladimir Prelovac's theme runs a similar concept: test a theme on your live blog without your readers noticing anything funky and unexpected. You can also quickly load a theme by appending ?theme=xxx (?theme=Default for instance) to your blog URL.


Get it: Theme Test Drive

Any other cool stuff?

If you use or know about another cool bit that may make WordPress coders more productive and happier, be sure to leave a comment!

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This entry "WordPress Plugins for More Productive Development" was posted on 05/03/2009 at 11:20 pm and is tagged with , , ,
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  1. johnbillion says:

    I regularly use Pseudo Cron Dashboard Display to ensure my crons are scheduled/firing correctly, although I've recently started using Cron View instead (and as well as).

    Then there's the very useful Maintenance Mode for those times when you need to make a load of simultaneous changes to a live site (eg. a relaunch).

    DD32 has recently released Core Control which has lots of handy control features aimed at developers, although I've yet to try it out myself.

  2. Ozh says:

    John: nice finds! thanks for sharing

  3. Matt Martz says:

    I just released a plugin several days ago that is targeted towards WordPress developers called WordPress reset. The plugin can be found here:

    In short the plugin will remove all of the WordPress tables and reinstall. It keeps the admin and the associated password unless then admin doesn't exist or isn't actually an admin, otherwise it recreates the user and password that performs the reset. The plugin defaults to reactivating itself after the reset.

    So far it has proven itself invaluable to me during theme and plugin development. No more wasting time dropping and recreating the database and going through the install process manually.

  4. faryl says:

    Awesome! Played with some of your plugins – first time visiting your blog.

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the wealth of valuable information & tools you've shared here!

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