The most of Christmas celebrations is behind us and in the wake of it all, some time was available to get WP Bootstrap 0.3.0 out the door.
What’s new in 0.3.0 ?
The single most important feature of 0.3.0 is that it introduces the concept of manifest files. So far, it’s really only used for taxonomies, but the general idea will be used for all content types. A manifest file is created when content is exported from a WordPress installation and contains some of the configuration that was used to create the export. During import, data from the manifest file is used to tune the import better.
0.3.0 also introduces the concept of “postid” taxonomies. Some plugins and themes uses taxonomies to tie different post types together using carefully named terms. One of the most popular sliders uses a custom post type “ml-slider” to represent a slider, so that each slider is a post of the “ml-slider” custom post type. Then it creates a term in a custom taxonomy, also named “ml-slider” with the same name/slug as the slider post ID and “tags” attachments (aka images) to that slider using that taxonomy term. In order to successfully export and import this, WP Bootstrap now handles “postid” taxonomies in a way so that even if the slider post has a different ID on the target system. the taxonomy term is renamed accordingly.
Refactoring and testing
Code quality is one of the most important aspects of WP Bootstrap development, so a lot of time was spent on refactoring code and making sure code coverage remains high. All testing activity is done in a separate github repo just for testing. If you want to contribute to WP Bootstrap, this is where I recommend you start looking. The overall test coverage is currently at 86%. I believe that around 90% is a reasonable target to aim for until we get closer to a 1.0 version of the tool. Any contributions to WP Bootstrap are more than welcome, you can just send a pull request or better, shoot me an email first at: email@example.com
Case studies and development process
In the next few days, a case study on how a simple one page WordPress site is managed using WP Bootstrap will be released. While creating that case study some additional bugs were caught and fixed which was good. I also realized the need to implement manifest in order to get the “postid” taxonomy handling in to place. Overall, I think that since WP Bootstrap is now somewhat competent in itself, using real world examples with popular plugins and themes might be the best way to uncover issues and challenges with the tool. The case study will be released on the blog within the next few days, so stay tuned.
New version of the eBook WordPress DevOps
While WP Bootstrap is going to consume a lot of time in early 2016 there’s another project that can finally get started. I’ve promised myself that once WP Bootstrap had a certain level of features, it’s time to update the WordPress DevOps eBook. The current version of the book, let’s call it 1.0, doesn’t even mention WP Bootstrap but instead talk about the concept of using Grunt and a set of loosely defined PHP scripts to do the same work. With the 0.3.0 release of WP Bootstrap it can not only do everything those Grunt scripts could but it can do it better, so the work on next version of the book has officially started.
If you’ve already purchased the book on Leanpub, the next version is free and you will get notified when it’s ready for download.
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