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Top WordPress Development Tools for You

WordPress, as a full-fledged CMS, is not just for blogging but also a strong platform for developers. This has led to a huge number of tools available to help with WordPress development. With this in mind, we put together some of the most useful tools designed for helping developers make light work of WordPress design, themes and plugins for extended functionality without too much coding.

Plugin & Theme Development Tools

Whenever you are planning to set up a local development environment for a WordPress project, making sure have the following tools installed in advance can make twice the result with half the result.



GenerateWP is a set of tools created for helping developers build custom and good quality code for your WordPress project with ease and quick with the help of the latest WordPress coding standards and API’s.

Upon sign-up, you can freely select from dozens of generators like Shortcodes Generator, Toolbar Generator, wp-config.php Generator, Widgets Generator, WP_Query Generator, and etc. to enhance your workflow. GenerateWP makes use of user-friendly forms to output valid code, so you just need to copy the ready-to-use code directly to your WordPress project as needed.



The Developer plugin helps optimize your development environment by ensuring that all the essential tools and plugins have been installed correctly.

On activation, you will need to decide what type of website you are developing:

  1. Plugin for a self-hosted WordPress installation;
  2. Theme for a self-hosted WordPress installation;
  3. Theme for a WordPress.com VIP site

Based on your choice, the Developer plugin will then provide you with additional plugins to install and activate for better suit you needs.

Design Tools

There is no denying that good design is vital to your success online. Visitors will stop staying with your WordPress website if it is unappealing, regardless of how powerful functionality it comes with.

Font Awesome

font awesome

This is an iconic font and CSS toolkit that allows you to fully customize all vector icons from size to color and drop shadow with the power of CSS. Besides, Font Awesome is desktop friendly and can help make your icons accessible on the web as well.



As a UI-focused programming language, uilang helps create custom user interface components, add interactivity to your WordPress site, build prototypes and etc. easily and quickly. In addition to features like being fast, multi-platform, and extremely lightweight, uliang plays nicely with JavaScript, which means that you can code UI effects and behaviors with uliang while letting developers implement the logic in JavaScript.

Plain Pattern

plain plattern

Plain Pattern is an SVG-based seamless pattern maker that makes it possible for you to quickly create a website background by choosing from a few present patterns or uploading your own. It offers a super intuitive interface that every person can understand how to make full use of it in seconds.

Browser Extensions

Browser Extensions extend your web browser with additional features, modify web pages, and integrate your browser with other services you use so as to streamline your workflow.



Firebug is an addon for Firefox that puts a wealthy of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. In the help of the plugin, you can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page as you like. Apart from that, Firebug is a useful tool for web security testing and web page performance analysis as well.



This is an extension for the Chrome browser allowing you to measure screen dimensions. You can use Dimensions to measure everything you see in the browser, including images, input-fields, buttons, videos, gifs, icons, and text. For the best experience, you can set a keyboard shortcut in the Extension Settings if you’re using the Chrome browser to quickly enable and disable the extension.

WordPress Site Manager

wordpress site manager

If you’re running with multiple WordPress websites and tired of constantly logging in and out of different sites, WordPress Site Manager can help store your site’s information therefore you can access to the main pages of your sites quickly and easily. This extension also change the WordPress theme editor into a CodeMirror editor for extending its functionality.


Integrated Development Environment, (also known as IDE), refers to a software suite that is designed for consolidating the basic tools you need when writing and testing software. Typically, an IDE is composed of a compiler/interpreter, a code editor, plus a debugger.



Synchi is a powerful IDE empowering you with powerful IDE features in WP editor of plugin, theme, and article HTML in addition to syntax highlighting.

Synchi is a full IDE, meaning that you can enjoy code creation experience inside your WordPress regardless of where you are and without any external code editor. As well, you don’t need to leave the plugin or theme editor page for saving files as they are now opened in tabs for your convenience.



Codekit is a Mac app built to help you create websites faster and better. Compiling Less, Sass, Stylus, Jade, Haml, Slim, Javascript, CoffeeScript, Markdown, TypeScript, and Compass files automatically, Codekit lets you easily set options for each language on a file-by-file basis.  Refreshing any browser including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and kitchen fridge, Codekit enables you to have a real-time watch of changes in your WordPress websites and see the websites across devices with no need to hit command+R again.

More than that, no matter what components you want install, you can accomplish it in a single click with Codekit and then get start with it by dropping your project on the app.

Sublime Text

sublime text

Sublime Text is a cross-platform text editor for code, markup and prose. Along with the editor are rich features that you can get benefits from.

Firstly, it allows you to interactively make ten changes at the same time. Secondly, with a few keystrokes, you can search for what you want, without ever having to navigate through the menus or remember obscure key bindings. Everything in Sublime Text is customizable with simple JSON files thus granting you the ability to specify settings on a per-file type and per-project basis. Furthermore, there is a powerful plugin API based in Python coming with a console letting you interactively experiment in real time.

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