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10 Best WordPress Development Tools For Web Designers

Web designers working on WordPress websites can increase their productivity by adopting a few key development tools that have been specially designed for the world’s most popular content management system. Most of these tools come as easy to install WordPress plugins or online services and help web designers eliminate repetitive tasks and improve their workflow. Discover below the best WordPress developer tools for web designers.

GenerateWP enables web designers to effortlessly recreate whichever WordPress element they need without having to manually write all the code themselves. All you have to do with GenerateWP is fill in a form – the resulting code can be then copy-pasted onto a theme to test new design elements, the functionality of a page redesign, and more.

  • Canva

Canva is a powerful and intuitive cloud-based graphic design aid that helps you create professional graphics through an online drag-and-drop interface. More than an image editor, Canva comes with a powerful transparency tool, design grids, web wireframes, high-quality free icons, a badge creator, and logo design features.

With InstantWP you can create a temporary WordPress development website on which you can test a new theme in just a matter of minutes. It’s a great way to quickly test themes and other graphic design elements without messing up the original website theme.

Monster Widget integrates all the 13 WordPress core widgets, including the Category Widget and the Text Widget, into a single widget which can be easily added to a new theme. It ensures that the key widgets WordPress users take for granted are present in the themes you create or modify.

Font Library makes it so much easier for you to find the right Google Fonts for the WordPress websites you are designing. With this open-source project, you can search for fonts using tags as well as preview fonts.

With WPSniffer you can find out in no time what active theme any WordPress website is using. It comes in handy when you stumble upon a website that impresses you with its design or that has a particular feature you’d love to add to your own website designs. WPSniffer saves you the trouble of having to manually research and investigate a particular website to find out what theme it is using.

  • MeasureIt

A web browser extension, MeasureIt adds a virtual ruler to your screen with which you can quickly and easily measure the distances between the design elements on a website, including their width, height, and alignment. MeasureIt doesn’t work as well on Chrome as on Firefox, though; a good Chrome alternative is Dimensions.

This Integrated Development Environment (IDE) adds development features such as auto-completion and syntax highlighting into your WordPress backend theme editor. It’s easier to use than other similar tools, making it a good choice for web designers who want to tweak the code behind a theme more quickly.

This useful plugin removes WordPress customizations without deleting previously uploaded content, allowing you to revert WordPress to its initial state. It’s a useful tool to have when redesigning a WordPress site or making major modifications to a theme, as it helps you quickly dismiss changes that don’t look good.

Sometimes it’s not the theme or the graphics that slow down a WordPress site, but one or two troublesome plugins. The P3 plugin measures the load times of plugins and can help web designers find out whether certain plugins are slowing down their theme.

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PerOla Hammar 陈家悦
Father of 2. Marketing, sales & web geek who is open-minded & eager to learn. Experienced a lot in the past years, both good and bad. Lesson learned? LIVE LIFE!