Everybody needs tools to help with a job. You can’t put up a shelf without the aid of a screwdriver, using ‘no more nails’ doesn’t count! The same can be said of WordPress development. If you are developing a WordPress theme or plugin there are some excellent plugins available to help you do the job better. Furthermore, here is a roundup of more than 20 development tools that can speed up the process for you.
Developing WordPress websites has become easier over the years but installing the software to develop locally on your own computer can be cumbersome. Deciding whether to use free software like Ampps, Mamp, Xampp, pay for commercial software or even setup vagrant and VVV. They can all be learning curves that require additional steps to debug and get your perfect server setup. Enter Local from Flywheel that aims to take the frustration out of installing a local development environment by replacing it with a fast and functional app.
Ampps is a fantastic piece of software if you want to run a testing server but upgrading on the mac has always been pretty awkward. The first time I upgraded, back when I was a Mac newbie, I deleted all of my files by accident! Luckily I had created a backup first. The good news is Mac users can download and install the update from a compressed file so there is no need to install from the disk image again.
I’ve tried a few testing servers over the years but now I have a Mac I decided to use Ampps for all of my development needs. Ampps, if you don’t already know is an alternative to Xampp, Mamp, Wamp and various other web servers. When installing a web server I like to move the document root outside of the default path to prevent me deleting it and also to keep it backed up so here is a little tutorial on how to change the Apache document root in Ammps.
Have you got more than one email account? Maybe you are fed up with having to access your email through a web interface or you just simply want to access all of your emails through one piece of software called an email client.
I have been using Thunderbird for the last 2 years and my configuration has always worked well even through the transition of switching from Windows to Linux. I have never had any trouble when updating versions of Firefox so I thought that I wouldn’t have many problems with Thunderbird either. Was it as plain sailing as what I originally thought?