SilverLight Application For Exploring WordPress Hooks

Need help finding the right hook within WordPress? Thanks to PressCoders.com, the job of finding that hook just became much easier with a newly developed resource called WordPress Hook Explorer or WHeX. WHeX is an application built on top of Silverlight 4.0 which means you’ll need to have the Silverlight extension installed within your browser to take advantage of the site. With WHeX, you can browse in real-time all of the hooks within WordPress 3.0. For example, if you’re looking for all hooks dealing with comments, simply type in the word comments into the search box and you’re presented with results that show the hooktype, filename where the hook is located, line number, where at in the directory tree the hook is located, hook full text, hook description, usage, and hook ID. The application also has an index for WordPress 2.9.2 but does not go back any farther.

In the future, PressCoders plans to create an out of browser version of WHeX so that users won’t need to have a browser connected to the web to use it. To see WHeX in action, check out the following video.

DGwyer who is one of the creators of WHeX is open to feedback and requests which you can give via the following forum thread.

4 Comments


  1. This is a pretty cool looking resource. Knowing what half the hooks are has always been a challenge.

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  2. Could be very useful but text entry behaves very strangely on Chrome, Safari and Firefox on OS X, even with the latest version of Silverlight installed and the browsers restarted.

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  3. @Ipstenu – pressing the letters Z, X, C or V was invoking the associated cmd action for those keys (i.e. copying for C, pasting for V) without my pressing on the cmd key.

    I thought it might be some sort of Silverlight quirk but I just checked and it’s no longer happening. Thanks for drawing my attention back to it.

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