New Tutorial: Using PHP Composer in the WordPress Ecosystem

Using PHP Composer in the WordPress ecosystem

When building a WordPress website, developers like you build a plethora of themes and plugins. In doing so, you frequently copy-paste the same code over and over again. It could be just to create your versions of available libraries. Every time you manually duplicate code – you increase the development time and reduce the time you spent developing the business layer of your plugin.

That’s where you need a dependency management tool like Composer.

As pip is for Python and Bundler is for Ruby, Composer is for PHP – it’s a dependency manager!

Though Composer allows declaring, installing, and managing dependencies, its use in WordPress is limited. The development of plugins powered by Composer can result in conflicts between any installed libraries and pose issues when dealing with multiple plugins using the same dependency. 

For instance, a site uses two plugins:

  • Plugin “Menu” uses a library “MyDates” in version 1.40
  • Plugin “Restaurant Menu” uses a library “MyDates” in version 2.0

Both plugins use the same dependency. The same namespace is defined in both versions but has entirely different functionalities. 

To solve these conflicts and ensure a seamless coding experience, we’ve developed a groundbreaking service called PHP-Prefixer. 

From solving conflicts to prefixing Composer-installed libraries – it saves you from the nightmare of copy-pasting and testing the library source code with different namespaces.

PHP-Prefixer is your one-stop solution for all the prefixing needs. Unlike other services, which require local installation, this is cloud-based and accessible from anywhere around the globe. It lets you install any library while eliminating the complex configuration of hardware or software.

It’s a revolutionary service, lending a helping hand and making prefixing a breeze in WordPress. Just declare what to prefix, and the PHP-Prefixer does it for you?

Cool, isn’t it?

Use How to prefix a WordPress plugin for a step-by-step tutorial on using PHP-Prefixer in the WordPress Ecosystem.

Try the Tutorial

Do you want to learn PHP-Prefixer?

Follow the tutorial here and build your first prefixed WordPress Plugin!

UPDATE: We’ve published a follow-up with a sample project to use Guzzle HTTP Client in a WordPress plugin: PHP-Prefixer/using-guzzle-in-a-word-press-plug-in-with-php-prefixer.

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