Today WordPress plugin developers have a ton of great tools available for them for modern PHP and JavaScript development. We can make use of various tools including dependency management, automated testing, React and more to improve our code quality, development workflow and most importantly: the end user experience. Automated testing, along with code quality tools help us maintain our plugins and avoid bugs.

In this talk, I will show you a demo of Plugin Machine, a new app I’m building that helps you create plugins and add features to them. You will see how to create a new plugin, with as little or as many of the tools you need. In addition I will demonstrate how to use these tools for plugin development and how to use Plugin Machine to add new features to your plugins while you develop.

To register for Plugin Machine, visit and use invite code wppgh_12

This is part 2 of a 2-part meetup. Check out part 1.

Josh is a PHP & JavaScript developer from Pittsburgh, PA. Today he is a freelance developer and creator of Plugin Machine, a tool for creating WordPress plugins. Previously he was the lead developer of the plugin Caldera Forms and co-founder of CalderaWP, which was acquired in 2019 by Saturday Drive. He’s also worked at 10up and the Pods Framework.

Josh is a total dog person and super nerd for ecology, crypto, caffeine, music, sci-fi and going on long walks. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Alicia.

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