My preferred way of dong WordPress Plugin Development is by using Docker. Specifically, I use the wordpress and mariadb Docker images.
docker-compose.yml is as follows:
version: '3.7' services: wordpress: image: wordpress restart: always ports: - 8080:80 environment: WORDPRESS_DB_HOST: db WORDPRESS_DB_USER: exampleuser WORDPRESS_DB_PASSWORD: examplepass WORDPRESS_DB_NAME: exampledb volumes: - ./wordpress:/var/www/html - ./container-loading:/var/www/html/wp-content/plugins/container-loading db: image: mariadb restart: always environment: MYSQL_DATABASE: exampledb MYSQL_USER: exampleuser MYSQL_PASSWORD: examplepass MYSQL_RANDOM_ROOT_PASSWORD: '1' volumes: - db:/var/lib/mysql volumes: # wordpress: db:
By mounting plugin directory here:
I can work with the plugin using Visual Studio code and the plugin is automatically accessible within the WordPress container.
To start WordPress with the configuration, I do:
docker-compose up -d
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