10 Little Known yet Powerful Plugins for Developers

It’s the developers who create magic and make it happen on WordPress.

The huge community of WordPress platform contributors, the plugin and theme developers have their work cut out for them on a good day. It’s a huge platform that powers about a quarter of all websites on internet. That makes for huge demand in customization and developers are striving to supply their best work.

But when you’re juggling 10 different WordPress projects for 7 different clients, it can feel overwhelming. Thankfully, other developers thought of this and tried to make all our lives (and work) easier.

So here are 10 little known but extremely useful Powerful Plugins for Developers that are developed by developers for developers:

1. User Switching

user switching

Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored by: John Blackbourn

User Switching is a super cool WordPress plugin that enables you to switch between multiple registered users, and offers you a simple way to switch back when you are finished with your work.

This plugin is suitable for test environments where you frequently log out and in between multiple accounts, or for administrators who need to switch between different accounts.

It comes with a “Switch Off” button in your admin panel that allows you to see your website as a logged out user, but retain the ability to quickly switch back in again (by clicking “Switch On” button). Plus, it is compatible with WordPress, WP multisite, BuddyPress and bbPress.

User Switching is a useful plugin when it comes to a security of a WordPress site(s). This means a user that has the ability to edit other users can switch user accounts. By default, this plugin is only for admins on single site installs, and super administrators on multisite installs. It also implements the nonce security system in WP, which means only those who want to switch users can switch.

2. Theme Check

theme check

Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored By: Samuel Wood (a Tech Ninja) and Simon Prosser (laid-back developer-dude)

If you are developing themes for WordPress websites, or submitting them to the Theme Directory, then you have to ensure that you follow the most recent theme submission guidelines. Theme-Check plugin lets you run your theme through a set of tests, and detects the areas where things might be broken or missing.

Theme Check is an amazing WordPress plugin that cross-checks your theme against the latest theme guidelines and identifies the issues. Its result screen contains all types of errors related to your installed theme such as REQUIRED, RECOMMENDED, WARNING, etc.

Plus, it uses the same standard and practices as WordPress.org does for their theme submissions.

3. RTL Tester

RTL Tester

Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored by: Yoav Farhi and his colleagues at Automattic

RTL Tester is a handy plugin that embeds a button to the admin bar that enables super administrators to shift the text direction of the website.

It allows the developers to test the WordPress themes and plugins, along with Right To Left (RTL) text direction. It’s great for testing/developing themes and typography for internationalization.

4. Usersnap


Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored by: The Usersnap team

Usersnap is a screenshot and bug tracking plugin that enables you to integrate a small feedback icon on your website that allows users to send feedback directly from the error page.

With this, you can easily get the browser screenshots or visual bug reports, along with other additional information that will directly be delivered to your dashboard.

It allows users to take screenshots, highlight important words, and add sticky notes on your web page and all of them will be delivered to the web developer with their comments. You can also get visual bug reports with the help of advanced client-side JavaScript error recording.

With this plugin, you can create screenshots of the latest browser content. It helps you to have a soothing communication related to the issues with your clients and track down bugs in a wide variety of browsers and veiwports.

5. P3 – Plugin Performance Profiler

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)

Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored by: Kurt Payne, asink, and GoDaddy.com

It’s easy to install plugins to add more functionality in a WordPress website. What’s difficult is to control the urge to do so for the sake of performance.

As developers we are aware that too many plugins can affect page load speeds, but we can’t just uninstall and reinstall all the plugins to see which one is the culprit. To save time on that, we have P3.

P3 generates some traffic to monitor performance on server, and then makes some handy charts to show relative runtime for each plugin installed on the website: including info about load time dedicated to each plugin (per visit) and number of database queries per page. You can customize the report view based on what you need, mail the results, and keep a log of scans. It is one of the handiest tools you can find for plugin based performance optimization.

6. Custom Post Type UI

custom post type ui

Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored By: Brad Williams and Michael Beckwith

This is the tool that lets you develop SEO friendly themes and lets your end-user admins use and customize WordPress post and taxonomies as they wish.

Custom Post Type UI does what it says on the tin: It creates custom post types and custom taxonomies (categories/tags) through an easy-to-use interface accessible by admin dashboard.

7. Query Monitor

Query Monitor

Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored by: John Blackbourn

Query Monitor is a powerful debugging plugin for WordPress websites that displays debugging and other necessary performance information on database queries, HTTP requests, redirects and more. Plus, it comes with some advanced debugging features such as automatic AJAX debugging, REST API debugging and more. It also supports multiple instances of wpdb on one page.

This plugin does an amazing job of making all the comprehensive debugging information easily accessible by being compiling it on an easy-to-use interface.

8. Debug Bar

Debug Bar

Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored by: Ryan Boren, Peter Westwood, koopersmith, Jon Cave, and mitcho and WordPress.org itself

The Debug Bar is a must-have WordPress developer plugin. It adds an additional menu to the WP backend to display query, memory usage, and cache.

You can also enable PHP warnings and alerts when WP_DEBUG is enabled. The mySQL queries are tracked and showcased when SAVEQUERIES is enabled.

9. Simple History

Simple History

Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored by: Pär Thernström (Developer/Consultant)

It is a great WordPress plugin that shows recent changes made within WordPress directly on your dashboard. You can quickly overview the recent changes made by WordPress when you are designing and developing a website. It allows you to view when and who has added/updated/deleted a page or post, and attachment.

Additionally, Simple History also displays information on failed user logins, new posts and pages, comments, or widgets information.

The log is easily accessible through the dashboard and very comprehensive. It’s a great tool for admins to keep track for activities and notice patterns on usage and performance for improvement.

10. WordFence


Source: WordPress Plugin Directory

Authored By: WordFence team

WordFence is an awesome security plugin that offers advanced WordPress security by protecting your site from hackers and other security threats.

Once installed, it begins checking your site (regarding malware infections). In fact, the plugin performs a server-side scan of your source code, and also scans the installed themes and plugins. It also tracks your website’s traffic in real time and protects your site from various security vulnerabilities.

The plugin is well known and deserves a special mention as a developer friendly tool for its super-powered and customizable security features for added control over blocking, login, scanning, and firewall so you can amp the security levels up or down as needed. It supports multisite installs too.


All the plugins mentioned above in this blog post are real gems that can help you add advanced features into your user-friendly and highly interactive website. Many professional web developers from the leading WordPress development companies use these plugins to build top-notch web projects according to their client’s requirements.


Author Bio:
Lucy Barret is an experienced WordPress developer by profession and a blogger by hobby. She handles a team of developers who convert HTML site to WordPress with guaranteed client satisfaction. You can follow her company, HireWPGeeks on Facebook.

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