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WordPress-Related Projects to Watch on GitHub

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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

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 WordPress.org plugin repository. Not all plugins can or should be hosted on the WordPress.org plugin repository, or you may chose to host it on github only.

WordPress

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

Plugins

WooCommerce

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 Scibu.net.

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.

WPThumb

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 getshopped.org 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!

Themes

Underscores

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

Skeleton

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

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

Foundation

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

Roots

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).

StartBox

An incredibly powerful theme framework for WordPress from wpstartbox.com.

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!

28 comments
JasonColeman
JasonColeman

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:

https://github.com/jigoshop/jigoshop

 

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.

JasonColeman
JasonColeman

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

 

https://github.com/strangerstudios/paid-memberships-pro/

 

And a lightweight theme to go along with the plugin:

https://github.com/strangerstudios/memberlite

 

Thanks!

SaschaPaukner
SaschaPaukner

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

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themergency
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
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

SaschaPaukner
SaschaPaukner

 @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
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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