"Just Do It" is designed to provide the basic requirements to help you run tasks automatically for you to save time out of your day running tests, version checking and building a deployable plugin.
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Just Do It

A Gruntfile.js and package.json template ready to copy into your WordPress plugin projects. Just configure the package.json file to your requirements and run the Grunt commands below after installing the dependencies.

Developer Dependancies

These are the dependencies in use for testing, building, updating the language POT file and building a deployable plugin zipped up.


  1. Install Node.js & NPM and Grunt by following the standard installation instructions or using Homebrew.

If you've installed NPM correctly, this should display the version:

$ npm --version

If you've install Grunt correctly, this should display the version:

$ grunt --version

  1. Change to the plugin root directory.

Install the Grunt dependencies by running the npm installer with the following command:

$ npm install --dev or $ npm install --only=dev

  1. Run tests.

$ grunt test

Add --force at the end to tell grunt to continue next tasks even if one fails.

$ grunt test --force

Grunt Commands

Build the plugin.

String Replacements (i.e. Plugin Version), Compresses the JavaScript, Checks for Text Domain issues and Updates the POT file.

$ grunt build

Similar to the build command except it does not check for text domains issues.

$ grunt dev

Checks for any text domain issues and updates the POT file.

$ grunt update-pot

Copies the plugin to create deployable plugin, then compresses the folder and then deletes the folder once compressed.

The zip file will be labelled as %= pkg.name %-v%= pkg.version %.zip

$ grunt zip

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