I’ve worked with WordPress for almost a decade now, and it’s always been a major part of my development toolset. But a couple of years ago I found myself hitting the same sticking point again and again. With 30,000 plugins in the WordPress.org repository, and thousands of premium plugins, it can be hard to sort through them. I looked around, but couldn’t find any resources that helped out. So I built Tidy Repo.
In it’s original conception, Tidy Repo was a simple curated list of WordPress plugins. I would put plugins through some extensive testing, and if the plugin passed, I would put it on the site. I threw together a quick design, and started to write some articles for each plugin.
After about a year of maintaining the site, I started to look for a partner that can help me evolve the site. I found one in Jack McConnell, and together, we redesigned the site.
The site is naturally built on WordPress, and keeps this performance trend throughout the back-end. I’ve made extensive use of transients, and object caching in the theme in order to keep things as fast as possible.