Here are some time Super useful wordpress Plugins & Tools for WordPress Developers
Below are some growing collection of WordPress plugins, and discovered some great resources for my WP “developer toolbox.” These are some super-useful plugins and tools for debugging, logging data, working with translation files, analyzing performance, and making otherwise difficult tasks efficient and manageable. May they serve you well!

WP Developer plugins & tools
(Note: descriptions taken from their respective resources)
Debug Queries:
“List query-actions only for admins; for debug purposes. See all queries on the frontend of the blog and find the slowest part. The plugin is perfect for WordPress developers, plugin and theme developers and site administrators who are trying to find out why the blog is too slow.”

Log Deprecated Notices
“Logs the usage of deprecated files, functions, and function arguments, and identifies where the deprecated functionality is being used.”

WordPress Hook Sniffer
“The WordPress Hook Sniffer plugin is a tool for plugin developers that helps determine the sequence in which action and filter functions are fired. It allows you to peer into the inner workings of the WordPress Plugin API. You can configure what is outputted and to where the output is sent (screen or text file).”

WP-FirePHP
“This Plugin integrates FirePHP in your WordPress installation and simplifies developing. No more vardump() and echo while debugging. FirePHP take care of it, clean and easy.”

Codestyling Localization
“You can manage and edit all gettext translation files (*.po/*.mo) directly out of WordPress Admin Center without any need of an external editor.”

Debug Objects
“Debug Objects provides a large number of information: query, cache, cron, constants, hooks, functions and many more.” E.g., query, cache, cron, constants, hooks, and functions. “Values and content get displayed at the frontend and backend of the blog, to analyze errors but also to better understand and develop with/for WordPress.”

5 Ways to Debug WordPress
“Many plugin and theme authors don’t take full advantage of some really helpful debugging tools in WordPress. Here’s a quick run-down of five cool tools for debugging.”
And here are some more useful plugins that haven’t been updated in awhile but continue to provide much-needed functionality. Old doesn’t mean broken 😉

WP Developer Assistant
WP Developer Assistant is “essentially is a toolkit that makes life as a WordPress developer easier.” Does cool stuff like customizable PHP errors, global variable dump, table modification, execute queries, phpinfo(), and much more.

AskApache RewriteRules Viewer
“Displays Most Everything about your WordPress Rewrites. Displays Most Everything about your WordPress Rewrites, Permalinks, URI’s, in a very detailed and raw way. Informational plugin only… Nothing is modified or changed.”

Latency Tracker
“This really simple plugin hooks into your wp_footer function (so make sure that your theme uses it) to count the number of queries, how long they took, how much memory was use, and when it all occurred. That way, they can show some solid data to the host so that they are able to compare numbers and know for sure that their load times are faster or slower when compared.”

TPC! Memory Usage
“TPC! Memory Usage allows WordPress administrators to view the current and peak memory usage of the application. This is extremely helpful when testing new plugins, or if there are a lot of modifications, plugins, or large language files. As of version 0.4, administrators now have the ability to view detailed system information about their web server, MySQL, PHP, and WordPress software.”

WP-Devel
“Developer toolbar giving you easy access to debug information across your entire website. The WP-Devel plugin for WordPress features a ton of debug options to help developers. Debug information is easily turned on/off from the WP-Devel toolbar anywhere on your website.”

WordPress Theme Generator
BONUS tool! I don’t know how useful it actually is, but the WordPress Theme Generator enables anyone to create custom WordPress themes “without any need for HTML, JS, PHP, or CSS knowledge.”

Today we are discussing the thumbnail feature for WordPress. WordPress has a number of amazing hidden tools and plugins that can make a world of difference for your site. Thumbnails is one of those interesting tools that perhaps is overlooked more than most.

Basically a thumbnail post is similar to an image being added to your post. The thumbnail option is called Featured Image through WordPress but has the same meaning. Basically you are creating an image for each individual post by adding a thumbnail or featured image to that post.

 

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First off you want to find the Featured image option on the bottom of your screen’s post it should be located on the right hand of the screen once you scroll down a bit. After clicking on this option you simply click on Set Featured Image. This will then open the media uploader in which you can add an image from your library or from your computer and then set to save the featured image to your post.

Why use a Thumbnail with your post? This option is giving an individual image to include in your post instead of having just a photo gallery page where the images are accessible but not set for each individual post. Depending on your set theme the thumbnails may appear as a small image in your post at the bottom or they may have a bit larger layout to include with your post. Each individual theme will have a different appearance of their featured images.

 

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Having a featured image with your page may be the color or nice feature your page is needing. This also gives you an opportunity to showcase your work and add on the image that goes with what you are wanting to represent for your site.

There is also a way to determine your thumbnail size depending on your theme it may not be large enough for what you are needing for your page. You can change your thumbnail size by going to Settings> Media> and then Set Thumbnail Size. From here you can determine the size for all your thumbnails for your site instead of sticking with the default size.

Creating a thumbnail can create a visual association for each one of your post or pages. Be aware that thumbnail support must be enabled within your theme, and if it isn’t you can also add it with different plug in options online. There are many plugins to choose from when adding a thumbnail option it depends on what interface you prefer with your page. This is a useful visual effect to add to each one for your post and can help identify with your pages individually. Depending on the simplicity you are looking for in creating thumbnails for your page you can just as easy use the default settings and add a simple thumbnail to each post as an extra visual association. Either way this is another useful tool to use through WordPress to be taken advantage of.

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