WordPress-Related Projects to Watch on GitHub


There is a growing number of projects using GitHub as their source code repository. Below are some WordPress-related projects that we recommend you “watch”.

Developer Tools


WPAlchemy can be used to create WordPress meta boxes quickly. It will give you the flexibility you need as a developer, allowing you to quickly build custom meta boxes for your themes and plugins.

Custom Metaboxes and Fields for WordPress

Custom Metaboxes and Fields lets you easily create metaboxes with custom fields within either your themes or plugins. Read the documentation.

WordPress Plugin Boilerplate

A great foundation/boilerplate/starting point for your next WordPress plugin. We have also created a fork and we used that inside our WordPress Plugin Boilerplate Code Generator.

WordPress Widget Boilerplate

Similar to the plugin boilerplate by the same author. An organized, maintainable boilerplate for building WordPress widgets.

WordPress Creation Kit

Add advanced custom fields, in the form of repeater fields within a metabox, to any custom post type. Read more about it (half-way down page).

TGM Plugin Activation

TGM Plugin Activation is a PHP library that allows you to easily require or recommend plugins for your WordPress themes (and plugins). It allows your users to install and even automatically activate plugins in singular or bulk fashion using native WordPress classes, functions and interfaces.

WordPress Github Plugin Updater

This class is meant to be used with your Github hosted WordPress plugins. The purpose of the class is to allow your WordPress plugin to be updated whenever you push out a new version of your plugin; similarly to the experience users know and love with the plugin repository. Not all plugins can or should be hosted on the plugin repository, or you may chose to host it on github only.


WordPress, Git-ified. Synced via SVN every 30 minutes, including branches and tags!



An open source eCommerce plugin for WordPress created by WooThemes.

Posts 2 Posts

Efficient many-to-many connections between posts, pages, custom post types, users. Read more on

WordPress Post Formats Admin UI

The plugin is a completely additive solution that leverages the default WordPress functionality, while improving the UI and standardizing the names and presentation of custom fields that support the various post formats. See screenshots of the plugin in action in Alex’s blog post.


An on-demand image generation replacement for WordPress’ image resizing. WP Thumb is a simple plugin that makes use of the PHPThumb library. It seamlessly intergrates with the WordPress image functions. You can specify height, width and crop values, and an image will be generated, which is then cached for future use.

WP e-Commerce

WP e-Commerce is the free WordPress shopping cart plugin from that lets customers buy your products, services and digital downloads online.

Options Framework Plugin

The Options Framework Plugin makes it easy to include a full featured options panel in any WordPress theme.

Infinite Scroll

jQuery and WordPress plugins for Infinite scroll, which allows your blog to pre-fetch content from a subsequent page and adds it directly to the currently displayed page. No more paging!



Automattic’s new starter theme for rapid theme development. Underscores gives you a 1000 hour head start.


Skeleton is a simple, responsive WordPress theme based on the Skeleton Boilerplate. It has several useful shortcodes, such as tabs, toggles, cross-browser CSS3 buttons, and layout columns. It also includes a bbPress skin/stylesheet and sample child theme.


Reverie is a versatile HTML5 responsive WordPress framework based on ZURB’s Foundation.


Foundation for WordPress, a Responsive Starter Theme. Again using ZURB’s rapid development framework : Foundation.


Roots is a starting WordPress theme made for developers based on HTML5 Boilerplate & Bootstrap from Twitter.

Options Framework Theme

The Options Framework Theme has all the code included to build a full featured options panel. It’s basically a bundled version of the Options Framework Plugin for those folks who want to build the options directly into the theme (rather than relying on a plugin).


An incredibly powerful theme framework for WordPress from

Left Any Off?

Please let me know if I have left any projects off this list, which are worth a mention. Just link to it in the comments section below. Thanks!

What Next?

Um… go and read some source code! You can also search Github for all WordPress related projects – there are 256 pages worth!


I'm honestly amazed at how quickly Jigoshop fell off the radar when WooThemes forked them for WooCommerce. It's like that project never existed. It's still in active development:


I like Jigoshop's approach a little better than what WooThemes is doing with WooCommerce, but if WooCommerce is going to get all of the community support, it makes sense to work with that code.


Brad, thanks for posting this list and bringing attention to projects on GitHub. I'm sure we all would love to see more developer interaction on our projects. (That's why we put them on GitHub!)


It would be great if you and everyone else could checkout our projects for Paid Memberships Pro, which I'm trying to build into a community solution for membership sites on WordPress


And a lightweight theme to go along with the plugin:




Man, what has happened to your site? It's all a jumble of letters showing to me.


themergency moderator

thanks for the comments guys :)


I have updated the post and added :


WPThumb (cannot believe I did not know about this before!!)

GitHub plugin updater


Still going through the others...

themergency moderator

Thanks Paul :)


I updated the post and added wpalchemy, custom metaboxes and fields, TGM plugin activation, wp post formats


still going through the others, and will update again


 @themergency All good now! Other question: Will you be implementing a map press module for GF & CPT? Cannot remember where the discussion was/left off?

themergency moderator

 @SaschaPaukner i think it might have been an issue with google fonts. Pls try again and see if it is fixed. thanks


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