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Three Rocking WordPress Plug-ins for Developers

If you’re a developer that blogs (and you should) or one that develops websites powered by WordPress, chances are you already know about my top three favorite plug-ins. Yes, these are the ones I can’t imagine life without:

ExecPHP

One of my default plug-in installs, ExecPHP allows you to, yes, “execute” PHP from within WordPress. That means that chunks of PHP code will work in your pages, posts and widgets- not just in your templates. I previously used runPHP, but switched after running into some problems with the latter- and I’m glad I did. This one just works for me.

Preserve Code Formatting

Developers know how important it is that the formatting of our code isn’t trifled with. This lovely plug-in makes it so WordPress (or other plug-ins you’ve got installed) can’t modify your code, while retaining your original whitespace and characters. Simply use <pre> and <code> and the plug-in will take care of the rest.

SQL Executioner

A gem of a plug-in that allows you to access your MySQL database from within WordPress- that’s right, without having to fire up phpMyAdmin. Among other things, it performs “select”s and “describe”s, and modifies with “insert”s and “update”s.

What are your favorite WordPress plug-ins?


  1. By Coheed posted on October 27, 2009 at 12:10 am
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    Preserve Code Formatting didn’t work at all for me. Just turned my code into a mess of encrypted junk that decrypted into an empty string when viewing the post. D:

  2. By Ashley posted on October 27, 2009 at 3:04 am
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    ExecPHP is the kind of thing which gives PHP and its users a bad name. Evaluating raw code in posts, in an open-source CMS which is known to be as secure as a foam door? Bravo…

  3. By Ted Bundy posted on October 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm
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    I have to agree with Ashley. Bad idea.

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