Improving the WordPress Ecosystem with Tide

One of the reasons why WordPress is popular is because of the massive ecosystem that surrounds the project.

The WordPress plugin repository currently lists 55,962 plugins Рhowever the quality  of these plugins does vary greatly. When using WordPress for business critical implementations like ecommerce or high traffic sites, selecting high quality components is paramount.

Tide ( is a project that aims to provide a testing API for developers and (eventually) for plugins and themes. It currently tests for PHP Compatibility, adherence to the WordPress Coding Standards, and Google Lighthouse audit reports.

I gave a quick overview of the project at the Melbourne WordPress Meetup, you can check out some of the highlights below:

You can check out the developer resources at and the official project site at