18 Most Active WordPress Theme Development Plugins

  • WP Example Content

    Add and remove example post content to assist you in designing and developing new and current themes.

  • Theme Switch and Preview

    Allows admins or all visitors to switch the blog theme. Has a restricted preview mode for your clients and includes a widget.

  • Category Template Hierarchy

    Adds parent-category.php, child-category.php, and child-category-{slug|id} templates to the hierarchy and conditional tags to match.

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  • WordPress Importer Extended

    Auto import content on plugin activation, or import a file from the server.

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  • What Template Am I Using

    This plugin is intended for theme developers to use. It shows the current template being used to render the page, current post type, and much more.

  • Better Lorem Ipsum Generator

    Auto-generate lorem ipsum content for all post types and taxonomies. Does comments as well. For theme and plugin developers.

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  • WP Fake Image Replacer

    WP Fake Image Replacer generates fake post thumbnail images. Useful in theme development process. Now works with ACF fields.

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  • Matty Theme QuickSwitch

    Quickly switch between themes via a menu in the WordPress Toolbar.

  • BuddyPress Monster Widget

    Provides a quick and easy method of adding all BuddyPress core widgets to a sidebar for testing purposes.

  • Ajax For All

    This plugin will enable a fancy ajax functionality on simple sites and most themes.

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  • WordPressIgniter

    License GPLv2

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  • User Level Themes

    The User Level Themes plugin allows a site admin to specify the site's theme based on the user's access level.

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  • WP Zend Library

    Easy integration of Zend Framework library into Wordpress, making it available for themes and other plugins.

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  • bbPress Monster Widget

    Provides a quick and easy method of adding all bbPress core widgets to a sidebar for testing purposes.

  • Debug Bar Tracer

    Trace messages/data to a Debug Bar window from your theme or plugin. Requires the Debug Bar plugin

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  • Twitter Reaper

    A plugin for developers. Gets tweets by username or hashtag

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  • WP Code Igniter

    Easy integration of CodeIgniter functionality into Wordpress, making it available for themes and other plugins.

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  • Instagram Reaper

    A plugin for developers. Gets instagram images by username or hashtag

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Let us know if there are any of your favorite theme development plugins missing from our list.

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