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WP-LESS

Description

LESS is a templating language based on top of CSS. It provides numerous enhancements to speed up development and make its maintenance easier.

Theme developers can even bundle the plugin without worrying about conflicts: just include the special bootstrap-for-theme.php and read its instructions.

Features

  • Variables
  • Mixins (inheritance of rules)
  • Nested Rules (write less, do more)
  • Accessors (inherit a value from a specific rule)
  • Functions (logic operations for dynamic results)

The plugin lets you concentrate on what you need: coding CSS. Everything else is handled automatically, from cache management to user delivery.
Seriously.

Documentation

Advanced topics on how to use the plugin API are available on the Github project documentation.

Requirements

The sole requirement is to use WordPress API and LESS convention: the .less extension.

Minimal Requirements: PHP 5.3 and WordPress 3.2.
Relies on: Less.php, plugin-toolkit.

Notice: in case you’d like to drop the usage of this plugin, it’s safe to do it. You will just need to convert back your stylesheets to CSS.

Screenshots

  • Sample of LESS to CSS conversion.

Installation

Automatic

  1. Search for the plugin name (WP-LESS)
  2. Click on the install button
  3. Activate it

Manual

  1. Download the latest stable archive of the plugin
  2. Unzip it in your plugin folder (by default, wp-content/plugins)
  3. Activate it through your WordPress plugins administration page

FAQ

Lots of efforts have been done to write a consistent documentation
to address issues you may encounter.

It covers topics like path customization, declaring LESS variables from PHP, creating new LESS functions etc.

Installation Instructions

Automatic

  1. Search for the plugin name (WP-LESS)
  2. Click on the install button
  3. Activate it

Manual

  1. Download the latest stable archive of the plugin
  2. Unzip it in your plugin folder (by default, wp-content/plugins)
  3. Activate it through your WordPress plugins administration page

Reviews

Well written and maintenance-free

This plugin is fast and error free.
It allows to easly add Less support to your WP theme.
No needed configuration, just treat your *.less files like regular *.css in your theme’s directory.

Saves time for those Less experts

Thank you for this amazing plugin,

it saves us Theme Developers lots of time with this simple implementation directly from the theme. i love the passing of variables as well.

The only thing im not yet figuring it out is the CSS generated from the plugin doent cache, am i missing sth?

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Contributors & Developers

“WP-LESS” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Changelog

Version 1.8.0

Version 1.7.6

  • info: updated vendored lessphp libraries versions (oyejorge/less.php@1.7.0.5)

Version 1.7.5

  • feature: now works properly in the admin side (#68)

Version 1.7.4

  • feature: favour composer autoload to manual PHP require (#64)

Version 1.7.3

  • bug: fixed the LESS library loading (#63)
  • doc: documented the new LESS library swapping

Version 1.7.0

  • feature: ability to provide your own flavour of lessphp or less.php (#53)
  • bug: fixed stylesheet directory computation (#61)
  • bug: unlink exception during utpdated files cleanup (#49)
  • style: code cleanup (#56, #55)

Version 1.6.0

Read the UPGRADE NOTICE carefully as this release contains BC change. Hence the version bump to 1.6.0.

  • lessphp: updated to v0.4.0

Version 1.5.4

  • bug: fixed stylesheet URL computation (#38)
  • bug: fixed cache-hit miss after stylesheet garbage collection (#40)
  • added a CONTRIBUTORS file

Version 1.5.3

  • lessphp: updated to v0.3.9

Version 1.5.2

  • bug: fixed garbage collector bug (#28)
  • bug: fixed cachebusting URI generation in deep mode (#29)
  • bug: fixed access to Plugin instance, matching the documentation (#39)

Version 1.5.1

  • feature(beta): less stylesheets can be enqueued in wp-admin
  • feature: added WPLessConfiguration::getTtl method to let you configure the delay of old-files cleanup
  • bug: fixed automatic replacements with absolute and data uri (#19)
  • bug: fixed garbage collector; was pruning active stylesheets even if too old (buggy with active cache) (#20)

Version 1.5

Mostly issues related to lessphp 0.3.8 features.

  • /!\ Leveraged PHP Minimum Version to 5.2.4 /!\ (WordPress already asks you the same)
  • dev documentation available online
  • bug: stylesheets compilation is now processed on wp_enqueue_scripts (prop of @RixTox)
  • feature: providing stylesheet and template directory uri variables (@stylesheet_directory_uri & @template_directory_uri) following WordPress convention
  • feature: Pruning old compiled files #15
  • feature: Smarter LESS compilation (following @import file updates) #13
  • feature: Systematic LESS rebuild through configuration #14
  • improvement: Match lessphp variable API #12

Version 1.4.3

  • bug: fixed HTTPS/Networked Blog URL replacement (#8, #9)
  • bug: fixed the property of non-object in Plugin.class.php bug
  • lessphp: updated to 0.3.8 (compatible with lessjs 1.3)

Version 1.4.2

  • feature: if WP_DEBUG is set to true, compilation is done on every page
  • feature: rebuild now takes care of LESS PHP variable
  • feature: added support of custom LESS functions
  • lessphp: updated to version 0.3.1

Version 1.4.1

  • bug: CSS url() are now properly resolved relative to the theme URL

Version 1.4

  • action: wp-less_compiler_parse_pre now takes 3 arguments: class instance, text and variable arguments
  • action: wp-less_stylesheet_save_pre now takes 2 arguments: class instance and variable arguments
  • helper: added less_add_variable to ease manipulations from theme, if needed (the file needs to be included manually)
  • stylesheet: getBuffer() and setBuffer will be removed in 1.5 version
  • lessphp: removed the custom patch for buffer manipulation, due to built-in variable management
  • lessphp: updated to version 0.3.0

Version 1.3.1

  • renamed wp-less_compiler_parse action to wp-less_compiler_parse_pre to avoid name conflicts
  • renamed wp-less_compiler_construct action to wp-less_compiler_construct_pre to avoid name conflicts
  • lessphp: patched the lib to let manipulating the buffer, and replace strings (do it at your own risks)

Version 1.3

  • moved stylesheet processing from wp_print_styles to wp action
  • added new compiler actions and filters (same name each): wp-less_compiler_construct and wp-less_compiler_parse
  • added WPLessCompiler::getBuffer() and WPLessCompiler::setBuffer() method, to enables hooking on LESS content, before being compiled into CSS
  • removed WPLessStyleseet::getTargetContent method
  • upgraded plugin-toolkit
  • usage of $WPLessPlugin->dispatch instead of $WPLessPlugin->registerHooks to match the new plugin-toolkit signature
  • no more configuration collision if usage of multiple plugins using plugin-toolkit
  • lessphp: updated to eac64a9d5a3bc3186a11c7130968388819f4c403 commit

Version 1.2.1

  • fixed the case where no stylesheet is queued (no warning anymore)

Version 1.2

  • added 2 new filters working on freshly transformed CSS
  • added a HTML helper to LESSify directly from templates, without queuying with wp_enqueue_stylesheet (can’t really recommend this usage)
  • added timestamp calculation so as you can be HTTP cache-control compliant
  • documented plugin hooks and filters
  • hooked a filter to update relative paths to deal uri and cached file location
  • lessphp: updated to version 0.2.0

Version 1.1

  • added bootstrap-for-theme.php to let themers bundle the plugin in their own themes
  • added WPLessPlugin::registerHooks methods to ease hooks activation
  • theme bootstrap will only load if the plugin is not alread activated
  • WPLessPlugin::processStylesheets() and WPLessPlugin::processStylesheet() now accepts an additional parameter to force the rebuild
  • lessphp: updated to version 0.1.6
  • plugin-toolkit: updated to version 1.1

Version 1.0

  • implemented API to let you control the plugin the way you want
  • just in time compilation with static file caching
  • lessphp: bundled to version 0.1.6
  • plugin-toolkit: bundled experimental plugin development