Where We Started
Like many others, we used the Code Snippets plugin, a widely-used, free plugin found within the WordPress repository. Whether it was for our projects or a client project, it did the job we needed it to do.
If you’ve ever purchased one of our MyListing Starter Sites, you would have noticed that we implemented this plugin for adding various MyListing Code Snippets and MyListing CSS Packages to the project.
The above said, there is a reason the team behind the Code Snippets plugin has been working on a Pro version of their plugin, and one of those likely reasons is to compete with the likes of WPCodeBox.
WPCodeBox Was Our Next Move
WPCodeBox is a fantastic plugin, and we are equally excited about Ovidiu Maghetiu, the developer behind it. Security and performance are top of mind for him, which is very reassuring given the nature of MyListing websites.
Ovidiu also looks out for the WordPress community as a whole, just recently working with a competitor to let them know of vulnerabilities he discovered within their plugin as part of evaluating the competition. This approach is impressive on multiple levels, giving me hope for humanity.
Why spend so much time talking about the developer? Easy. When we think about the Code Snippets plugin, we think about a plugin and don’t have a “personal” connection with those behind it. It’s just different with WPCodeBox, and to see for yourself, feel free to join the WPCodeBox Facebook Group.
Code Snippets – Deal Breaker #1: Poor Communication
We had a meeting with a member of the Code Snippets plugin long ago regarding their “Pro” version that was supposedly in the works. They collected our information, collected our use cases, said they would be in touch, and we have heard nothing.
To us, this is a bad look, especially when you consider that the team member we met with is currently publishing posts in a very well-known WordPress community at a rapid pace. In other words…he is around.
Code Snippets – Deal Breaker #2: No Premium Offering
The team behind the Code Snippets plugin has been working on a “Pro” version for a very long time, and long enough that it throws up several red flags for us, especially when WPCodeBox has already done it.
Is the team not committed? Are they spread too thin? Do they look at solutions like WPCodeBox and think it’s too late to the game at this point?
This is not to say that a solution must have a premium offering for the vendor to be taken seriously. It’s more about the overall picture portrayed here.
Code Snippets – Deal Breaker #3: No Snippet Repository
While WPCodeBox allows you to save code snippets to the Cloud and pull them down for use on your various projects, the Code Snippets plugin only provides an option to export snippets to your local workstation.
Sure, you could (and we have) then save the snippets to another repository, but this creates extra work and increases the potential for missteps.
Did you know that we have been building a MyListing Snippet Repository within the WPCodeBox repository?
It’s pretty cool stuff! Once you have WPCodeBox connected to your website, you can browse and search for MyListing-related snippets. The WPCodeBox repository also has snippets for WooCommerce and other solutions that might be part of your MyListing website.
Code Snippets – Deal Breaker #4: Overall Lack of Features
We won’t go into all the features WPCodeBox offers over the Code Snippets plugin, as we already have a guide for that, but we have listed some of the features below.
- Save Snippets to the Cloud Repository
- WordPress Code Snippets Repository
- Advanced Conditional Loading
- Organize Code Snippets in Folders
- React-based UI With No Need for Page Refreshing
- Snippets Are Automatically Disabled if They Contain Errors
WPCodeBox Is Where We Are
We have replaced the Code Snippets plugin with WPCodeBox on all of our projects, and soon, all of our Starter Sites will only use WPCodeBox.
It may be no secret to some, but we partnered with WPCodeBox a short while ago, bringing a 25% discount to our members. We have also written a How to Easily Manage Code Snippets for Your MyListing Website guide for the community.
The Code Snippets plugin served us well for quite some time, and overall we think it’s a good solution that will work perfectly well for some businesses. For us, we needed it to do more.
To provide the best service possible, we needed a code snippet solution that had the feature set we were looking for right at that time and one that would challenge us to branch out and do more.