I teamed up with our newest developer Brian Landi to outline 10 tools we can’t live without in 2021. Some of these require subscriptions or a one-time purchase but we believe in these tools and their developers. Any money spent is well worth it. Costs are noted in the descriptions.
2. Visual Studio Code (VS Code)
The only Microsoft updates we look forward to are new releases of VSCode. With an integrated terminal and tons of robust extensions, there isn’t much this editor can’t do.
3. Run JS
Run any PHP locally, for real. Tinkerwell comes with AHHHHHHHH!!!!MAZING features. Once you integrate this app with WordPress mind-blowing things will happen. Cost: $15 (worth it).
Awesome recording software for making videos of any kind. From quick demos to full training sessions. An indispensable tool for working remotely. Cost: $0-10/mo
This tool has transcended traditional digital organization. Notion’s format can be a little overwhelming at first, but once you get the basics down, it is really powerful. Plus, Notion has a great community of people building templates.
7. Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)
Advanced Custom Fields [PRO] is great because you can give the user a lot of flexibility without worrying about compromising the original design’s integrity.
Plus, all of its options allow developers to get creative with developing custom CMS experiences for each client. We recommend going PRO. Cost: ($49-$249/yr depending on your needs).
8. Local by Flywheel
Getting a local environment set up that developers can collaborate on can be tricky sometimes. Local by Flywheel makes it easy with a straightforward UI, the ability to change stack setups on the fly (pun intended), and integration with Sequel Pro and Table Plus for database management.
Once you’ve written in Sass, you never want to go back to CSS. Gulp helps compile and minify those Sass files into CSS, all from one simple file and an NPM package.
Honorable mention: webpack.js.org
10. WordPress Command Line Interface (WP-CLI)
Developers love getting stuff done from the command line. The WP- CLI lets us update plugins and core, add or update users, flush the cache, and a whole host of other WordPress tasks right from the terminal.