BugMuncher now has a WordPress Plugin

11 Dec 2015

Heads Up Before August 2018 Saber was known as "BugMuncher", so you'll see the name BugMuncher instead of Saber throughout these older posts. You can read more about the name change here - BugMuncher rebrands to Saber.

According to a recent report, WordPress is powering 58.8% of all websites, including some high profile sites like TechCrunch, Wired and Match.com. With over half of all websites being WordPress powered, it really shouldn’t have taken this long for BugMuncher to get its very own WordPress Plugin.

The truth is I actually built a BugMuncher WordPress plugin over 3 years ago, in fact you can still see it on GitHub. This brings me nicely to the reason my old plugin never saw the light of day - Git. When it comes to version control, there are three main choices, SVN, Git and Mercurial. Personally I’m a Git man, where as the WordPress Plugin directory requires plugins be submitted using SVN. I’d always planned to install and learn SVN so that I could submit my plugin to WordPress, but there were always more pressing tasks.

It was sometime last week I saw that statistic about WordPress powering over half of all websites, which was just the kick in the ass I needed to finally get BugMuncher’s WordPress plugin sorted. I decided that since BugMuncher has changed a lot in the last three and half years, it would be best to re-write the plugin from scratch, rather than update my old one. Of course the problem there was I still didn’t have SVN installed, or know how to use it. To make matters worse, a couple of years ago I gave up PHP and WordPress development entirely, only taking on Ruby and JavaScript jobs.

So with my dance card already being full of BugMuncher jobs, I decided to outsource the development of the new BugMuncher WordPress plugin - best decision I ever made.

Enter Mei Gwilym (meigwilym.com), a freelance WordPress developer I found through Hacker News’ monthly Freelancer thread. I contacted Mei on Thursday afternoon, and it turned out he was familiar with BugMuncher and had read my blog posts. I’m not gonna lie, that made me feel a bit like a rock star.

By Monday, he’d created an awesome plugin for BugMuncher, complete with colour pickers! It was approved by WordPress straight away, without requiring any modifications, and went live on wordpress.org on Wednesday.

So without further ado, I give you BugMuncher’s WordPress Plugin:

And if you ever find your self in need of a PHP or WordPress developer, give Mei Gwilym a call!

Matt

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