Developing a theme or a plugin for WordPress is one thing. Developing a theme that performs seamlessly and stands out from the crowd is another. If you’re taking your career of a developer seriously, you’ll want to make sure you’re up to date with the WordPress coding standards and best practices, otherwise you might end up with a theme or a plugin no one wants to buy. So, to help you get started, we gathered our top 3 tips for developers.
What Are WordPress Coding Standards?
It’s important to keep in mind that WordPress coding standards do not define the wrong and right ways to do something. You might have a preferred style of coding and why fix it if it ain’t broken? However, remember that WordPress is a collaborative, open-sourced content management system, and chances are, other developers might end up tweaking your code. You’ll make their lives a lot easier if you follow the WordPress coding standards.
Comment Your Code
This is another one of the WordPress coding standards and best practices devised to make tweaking the code a lot more intuitive. If you make sure you include plenty of succinct, direct comments throughout your code, explaining each feature you think your buyers might not be familiar with, your buyers will be able to tweak the code, customize it, or even implement their own features. Even you will benefit from comments: months after you’ve developed a theme, you might come back to it to update it or fix some bugs. With the help of the comments, you’ll find the right snippets of code, instead of wasting hours of your time hunting them down.
Debugging Can Make Or Break Your Code
The first thing you should do when you sit down to start coding is enable debugging. While debugging is disabled by default, it’s pretty easy to enable it. Simply navigate to the wp-config.php file and paste define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true); to enable it. Debugging isn’t great just for catching code errors the moment they happen, but it’s also great for catching deprecated functions. Deprecated functions are the functions not supported by WordPress, or scheduled to be discontinued with one of the upcoming WordPress updates.