Best Chrome Extensions for WordPress Developers

When it comes to WordPress, you have a plethora of plugins and themes to simplify your lives and reduce your workload. But is that it?

Nopes. They are not the only go-to aids for WP developers. There exist various Chrome extensions that can further simplify your work and help you launch quality websites faster. 

If you are wondering how these WordPress Chrome extensions can be your aid during and after the development, you will get to know the answer in the next few minutes.

WordPress Chrome Extensions that a Developer Must Use

Development requires a lot of effort, time, and resources. So, the best thing is to work smartly and use the existing resources that shred away your burden. Check our list of top 10 extensions and arm yourself with top-grade helping tools:

#1 InstaWP Launcher

For developers, trying a new innovative idea for their upcoming website is a troublesome task, specially because of the time it demands.

The process requires setting up the environment, configuring a new WP instance, adding essential plugins, and getting started thereafter. Mostly, you will end up ‘saving this time’ and proceeding with your usual web development process.

Drawbacks are:

  • Outdated and low-quality output;
  • No significant increase in income over a long time;
  • Time-consuming WordPress development process.

InstaWP Launcher Chrome Extension can lend you a hand here.

InstaWP Launcher

The Chrome extension can be used to test any plugin or theme from the WordPress.org Repo in no time. It removes the need to create a test site or launch a fresh WP instance.

Once you have InstaWP Launcher installed on your browser, you will see a ‘Launch’ button on each WordPress plugin or theme page in the wp.org repo. For example, see this Twenty Twenty-Two theme page.

Launch Button on WP Themes

Though the extension allows two free sites, you can upgrade to any of their premium plans (starting from $9 per month) to save your instances and remove this limit on the site count. 

Here is a summary of the top features of this Chrome extension:

  • 5 to 50 Active sites
  • 500 MB to 25 GB space
  • 2 to 15 days site expiry
  • 3 to 50 restores per month
  • 100 to 5000 Git operations
  • 1 to 25 Templates
  • 5 to 50 Template Sites
  • Multi-user or team member accounts (for the Agency plan only)

Note: The actual configuration will depend upon your plan.

#2 – WordPress Theme Detector and Plugin Detector

As a developer or designer, you are always searching for the best WordPress themes and plugins that you can use for your client sites. So, how about having the capability to view these details for each site you visit?

The WordPress Theme Detector and Plugin Detector extension enables you for the same.

Plugins and Themes Detector

Using this extension, you can see the theme’s name, folder, theme homepage, version, author, and other similar details in no time. You can even see a few similar websites that run this theme.

As the name suggests, WordPress Theme detector and Plugin Detector can also sense the presence of WP plugins on a website and unveil the information for you.

#3 – BuiltWith Technology Profiler

The previous extension in our list could unlock the plugin and theme information on a web URL for you. However, you might want more details on various other functionalities that have impressed you upon visiting a site. 

For this, the BuiltWith Technology Profiler Chrome Extension is your perfect ally. It lets you see the technologies being used on a site – by category. You can also view the first detected, last detected, meta, and other details with it for a URL.

BuiltWith Technology Profiler

#4 – Wappalyzer Technology Profiler

Wappalyzer is more than a WordPress chrome extension with functionalities similar to BuiltWith. The extension also detects the technologies on a website/page. However, its interface is neater, and the details have higher precision.

Note: Wappalzer is below BuiltWith in our list for a reason. It does not provide a super-helpful WordPress Lead List or Tech Resource list like BuiltWith.

Wappalyzer Technology Profiler

#5 – JSON Finder

The JSON Finder Chrome Extension is your best option when you wish to see .json data, just like you see it in the finder. You can use it as WP JSON API Detector and figure out the APIs that might be useful for your projects. From deep object tracing to array tracing and searching JSON data, everything is easy with this tool. 

JSON Finder

#6 – RSS Feed Finder

Reading and writing the web is easier with the content syndication feeds. And this extension in our list supports RSS as well as ATOM. So, in case you want to find both feeds on the pages you visit, RSS Feed Finder is the right solution.

Using it, you will be able to manually or combined copy all feeds, while the RSS/atom detector extension will intuitively manage it within the browser.

RSS Feed Finder

#7 – Clean Cache

While testing the new implementations for the WordPress site you are developing, cached data could be big trouble. But not when you have Clean Cache Extension enabled on your browser.

One can easily clean cache, App cache, cookies, form content, history, downloads, WebSQL, file systems, passwords, and plugin data using the Clean Cache extension. And it just takes selecting a few checkboxes and clicking the confirmation button!

Clear Cache Extension for WordPress Developers

#8 – Checkbot: SEO, Web Speed & Security Tester 🚀

Checkbot scans your WordPress website and displays the list of performance issues it has. The WordPress Chrome extension verifies your site’s performance on various fronts related to SEO, speed, and security. From minification to broken links and security headers, its reports can reveal all problems in no time.

Checkbot Extension for WordPress Developers

#9 – Turbo Admin 

This WordPress chrome extension is quite unique and very useful for WordPress developers. No matter if you have a single site or a multisite configuration, Turbo Admin will work for all your WP instances.

With this extension, you can:

  • Quickly search any page, post, or feature by performing a content search;
  • Remove the welcome screen from the Editor page;
  • Hide notices to declutter your WP dashboard;
  • Enable keyboard navigation for your WordPress list tables;
  • Lets you label your various setups in a multisite configuration.

Basically, it will let you manage and use your WordPress dashboard for the highest productivity.

Turbo Admin has a free version that works for three sites and a premium version that costs $35 (one-time purchase).

#10 – WhatRuns

We know that we already have BuiltWith and Wappalyzer on our list. The reason for keeping WhatRuns in the list is – It does the website profiling a bit differently.

Whatruns Extension for Developers

WhatRuns extension enables developers to figure out the frameworks, WP plugins, fonts, analytics tools, themes, ad networks, and other technologies from various categories. While scanning the tech stack of a website, this tool can even find out the technologies related to the new features to be launched on a site.

One more advantage of using WhatRuns is that the extension is quite lightweight. So, in case you have multiple extensions enabled on Chrome, it will help you optimize your browser’s performance too.

Final Word

From the above list, InstaWP Launcher can save you significant time and let you focus on development uninterruptedly. At the same time, the other 9 extensions will help you improve your work’s quality in various ways. There may be plugins and web solutions to handle the latter task(s), but InstaWP is surely one-of-its-kind. That’s why it is #1 on our list.

Having the right WordPress chrome extensions enabled is very helpful for developers trying to innovate and be productive at the same time. So, pick suitable ones from our editor’s top 10 choices and see your performance taking an upturn.

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