Speed Up Your WordPress Development Using Code Generators

by Mustaasam Saleem  May 8, 2017

Wouldn’t it be great if you had fill-in-the-blanks style code snippets for all future WordPress theme development project at one place? All you have to enter the name of the theme you were working on, set your preferred parameters, and be good to go.

WordPress Code Generators in WordPress Themes

And, of course, this would be incredibly helpful since a lot of the functions you end up writing for a theme development project are variations of the same code you’ve written over a dozen times before. All you’re doing is wasting time doing the same thing over and over again. So, after months of hard work, we made a powerful (almost magical!) solution: Nimbus Themes’ WordPress Code Generators.

Introducing the WordPress Code Generators

WordPress Code Generators

Nimbus Themes’ WordPress Code Generators are easy-to-use tools that allow you to integrate custom functionality in your themes by generating customized code. Being a savvy WordPress developer, we decided to test them out for ourselves. Here’s how these codes work:

  1. Find the tool you need
  2. Input the required parameters
  3. Copy the custom code into your theme files

It’s really that simple—take our word for it!

The absolute best thing about them is that they are useful for everyone—from WordPress newbies to seasoned developers. There is a total of 20 WordPress Code Generators that tackle different areas of WordPress development, including The Loop, UI & Design, WordPress Core, Admin, Content, CSS, and Snippets.

First Look at the WordPress Code Generators

Basically, each code generator is designed to help you generate custom code for a particular function. For instance, you can use Add Quicktags to create custom post-editor quicktags for your theme or plugin. Some other examples include: adding dashboard widgets, generating custom CSS for text, creating a custom post status for your blog site, and adding theme support.

The tool itself is a simple, intuitive application that prompts you to enter the required parameters for the functions intended for. Each tool input areas are split into multiple tabs that make it easy for users to enter values and better understand the code they’re generating.

It’s all very organized!

WordPress Snippet Generators

For instance, the Add Theme Support WordPress Code Generator is split into the following tabs:

  • General
  • Images
  • Translation
  • Post Formats
  • HTML5
  • Code

The tab sections offer helpful tips to users. These tabs have a neat section that gives the user more information about each field that they are asked to input values for:

  • Required: A red tick mark indicates that you must fill out the field. It will dynamically change to green once you have entered a value for it.
  • Valid: If you enter a valid value for the field, the tick mark turns to green. Conversely, if the value is invalid, a red tick mark will show up.
  • Notes: Hovering over the Notes column gives you brief, one-line information (tool-tip style) about the value you have to input.
  • Codex: The Codex column links you to the input field page or section in the WordPress Codex if it is available.

If you’re a first-time WordPress theme developer and aren’t sure how to go about inputting parameters, then you can scroll down to the guide at the bottom which details the list of available features of that tool and explains how to fill each one out. What’s more is that the guide also explores the concept behind the function and why you’d want to add it to your theme in the first place—it’s a must-have for all WordPress developers.

Nimbus Themes’ WordPress Code Generators offer a powerful yet simple alternative to rewriting the same code snippet by hand over and over again. We highly recommend that you try them out and experience the efficiency they bring to your next WordPress development project.

 

Disclaimer: This is a guest post by Nimbus Themes. The opinions and ideas expressed herein are author’s own, and in no way reflect Cloudways position.

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About Mustaasam Saleem

Mustaasam is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WordPress Hosting Platform, where he actively works and loves sharing his knowledge with the WordPress Community. When he is not working, you can find him playing squash with his friends, or defending in Football, and listening to music. You can email him at mustaasam.saleem@cloudways.com

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