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Lofty (named after the character from Bob The Builder) is a build script for WordPress plugins created using the Lava framework.


  • Compiles, concatenates and minifies coffeescript
  • Compiles, concatenates and minifies LESS
  • Namespaces LAVA_ classes
  • Plugin header creation


$ npm install -g lofty

Configuration file

Lofty uses a configuration file (lofty.yaml)

test_server: C:\some location\

If you have a local wordpress installation you can set lofty to automatically copy the build files to the test server by specifying its path here.

Plugin Definition file

Plugin defintion file (plugin.yaml)

name: Blank Plugin
version: 1.0
description: Blank Plugin - update configuration in lava.yaml
author: Daniel Chatfield
license: GPLv2
class_namespace: Volcanic_Pixels_Blank_Plugin    


This creates a development build (no minifying) and puts it in the build directory.

$ lofty

Distribution builds

When you are ready to distribute this will create a copy in the dist folder.

$ lofty -d

Verbose messaging

$ lofty -v