What is Packagist and How Can Your WordPress Site Benefit from it?

What is Packagist and How Can Your WordPress Site Benefit from it?

Nowadays, whenever you find a tool that cuts out repetitive and unnecessary steps in your WordPress process, you should definitely use it!  If you are coding with PHP, you will likely call on a number of libraries because they produce consistent, high-quality results and are extremely reliable.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut out the time it takes you to visit each of these libraries and search for the latest version of them, before adding them to the site?  Well, with Packagist you can do exactly that!

Similar to how coders use Git repositories to store themes, files and WordPress plugins, PHP’s answer to this is Packagist.  The main difference between these two repositories is that Packagist will work just as well for programmers accessing another developer’s PHP as it does for a programmer looking to store or share their own PHP library.  We’re taking a closer look at Packagist and how your WordPress website could benefit from this tool.

Why Do You Need Packagist?

If you’re unfamiliar with this tool, it is a repository for your PHP code libraries.  This tool can be used by both a contributor and a user.  If you’re using Packagist as a contributor, you will be able to easily store your own PHP libraries.  Also, you can maintain version control of your PHP libraries.  Using this tool as a contributor is also a great way to get your name out there and will help you to build a strong reputation within the WordPress community.

In addition, you can also submit different packages using your Github account.  This means you can easily sync with your Github account, which is where all your source files live.  Once you establish a hook, Packagist can then automatically grab updates made in your Git repository and then log the new version.  This will quickly simplify a number of repetitive actions.

As a Packagist user, you will easily be able to search for different PHP packages.  Also, you can then incorporate these packages into your own Composer dependency manager tool.  If you have made the decision to code with PHP, you will definitely need this!  Packagist was designed to work directly with Composer.  If you’re unfamiliar with Composer, it is the tool you need to use when managing your dependencies, which includes PHP libraries.

Using Packagist As a User

If you’re looking to streamline your current process of using PHP libraries and like the idea of setting up a connection between Composer and Packagist, we’ve got a couple of simple steps for you to follow:

  1. If it’s your first time using Composer, you will need to download it.
  2. Next step is to create a Packagist account.
  3. You can then find the package you want to save to Composer.
  4. Open the desired package and copy the command line.
  5. Visit the root directory of your site and paste the command line from your PHP library.
  6. Once you hit the return button your PHP library will now download the latest version of your desired package to your site.

Are you already using Packagist?  Let us know in the comments below.