What WDS Did During Five for the Future: May 2016

Although contributing to the open source–and specifically, the WordPress–community has always been a central component of WebDevStudios’ philosophy, it wasn’t until October of 2014 that we figured out how to formally contribute as a full company. We started participating in Five for the Future, where we designated 5% of WDS working hours to giving back to WordPress. Since many of our developers are passionate about WordPress, it wasn’t difficult to get everyone on board, and a bunch of cool things have come out of the time we’ve spent on it!

Last month, we started detailing the 5FTF goodies we finished up, and decided to keep it going! Here’s round two!

This past month, we worked on a few projects during May 5FTF time that we thought you might like to hear about:

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WP CLI Random Posts Generator

Jay worked on this super rad WP CLI random post generator.

From the plugin page:

This WP CLI posts generator, unlike the core generator in WP CLI, supports the following:


  • Terms
  • Term Counts
  • Taxonomies
  • Post Types
  • Post Counts
  • Post Author
  • Featured Images (thanks to
  • Featured Image Types (thanks to
  • Image Download sizes
  • Multi-site (specify site id if necessary)

And what’s even more awesome: WP CLI Random Posts Generator was added to the official site courtesy of Daniel Bachhuber, the maintainer of

Variable VVV – The Best VVV Site Wizard Version 1.10

Remember Variable VVV? Parbs recently released vv 1.10, which is mostly a collection of bug fixes, along with some nifty new features.

One of the most frustrating bugs that vv has is not always correctly setting the path to your VVV installation. This means some people were never able to use vv to manage their sites. Thankfully, there is now very robust checking and fallbacks so that everyone can have vv working correctly on their system.

Thanks to some great contributions, vv’s Blueprint functionality now allows for configuring menus, network options, and a lot more. You can practically build your entire site using Blueprints now.

Minor bug fixes are the process for halting Vagrant, removing old files, and better system-level integration are now in place as well.

(Special thanks to Parbs for giving us this blurb.)


Not too long ago, Corey caused a stir by saying SEEYA to hamburger navigation. Well, he finalized it and moved it into wd_s! Huzzah!

BuddyPress Codex

Ryan cleaned up the Changing Internal Configuration Settings in the BuddyPress codex…it makes sense that he was there, since he’s been working with Pluginize on BuddyExtender, a free plugin that allows you to configure internal BuddyPress settings from the WordPress dashboard.

This is proof that you coding isn’t the only contribution; a little codex copyediting counts as contributing, too.

The Forums

Aubrey, Jay, and Will were all over the forums during their 5FTF time this past month as well.

These are some of the cool things that we worked on during May’s 2016’s 5FTF time! We know a bunch of you out there are contributing back as well–what have you worked on recently?

Tell us! We want to hear about your nifty new projects too.


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