Useful WordPress Development Tools

One of the advantages of developing on WordPress is the large and passionate community. This community not only helps with the development of WordPress itself, but also generously creates tools to help others working with the platform. A small collection of these tools are below.

Themes/Frameworks

Bones
Based on the HTML5 Boilerplate, Bones is a responsive theme using a mobile first approach. It includes support for LESS/Sass as well as samples for custom post types and dashboard functions.

Underscores
What the creators call a “1000-Hour Head Start” the Undescores theme includes HTML5 templates with code samples and theme options.

Frank
Nearing a 1.0 release, Frank is “designed and built to provide a light, responsive and unobtrusive reading experience.” It optimizes database queries, JavaScript, and images to provide the fastest experience possible.

Plugins

Plugin Boilerplate
A plugin boilerplate using WordPress general best practices. Contains code stubs for functionality.

Widgets

Widget Boilerplate
A widget boilerplate using WordPress general best practices. Contains code stubs for functionality.

Miscellaneous

Custom Metaboxes and Fields
Helper for adding admin metaboxes for a variety of field types.

Options Tree
Theme options UI builder for custom themes.

E-commerce

Foxyshop Plugin
A flexible WordPress e-commerce plugin built for the powerful FoxyCart service.