Production build

yarn clean:dist && yarn build:prod

Production build will essentially:

  • enable Webpack’s production mode
  • do not produce source maps for CSS
  • do minimize assets


By default the production build won’t produce source-maps for JS.

You can easily change this behaviour updating const needSourceMap = (env.DEBUG == 'true'); to const needSourceMap = true; in webpack.env.js

Release signature

You notice that build:prod script will invoke sign-release too. The latter will write the SHA of the current GiT commit into the release.txt file in the root of the theme.

You can easily disable this behaviour if you’d like to.

release.txt is implemented to have a reference of the code version deployed in production and to integrate external services that should requires release versioning (for us in Sentry).

PHUG optimizer

When performance is a must, PHUG ships a built-in Optimizer. You can read about it in the phug documentation:

The Optimizer is a tool that avoids loading the Phug engine if a file is available in the cache. On the other hand, it does not allow to change the adapter or user post-render events.

Wordless supports enabling this important optimization by setting an environment variable (in any way your system supports it) or a global constant to be defined in wp-config.php. Let’s see this Wordless internal code snippet:

                    } elseif ( defined('BYPASS_STATIC') ) {
                        $bypass_static = var_export(BYPASS_STATIC, true); // constant could be a boolean so we uniform to a string representation
                    } else {
                        $bypass_static = 'false'; // default value

                    $env = apply_filters( 'wordless_environment', $env );

where we search for ENVIRONMENT and thus we’ll activate PHUG’s Optimizer if the value is either production or staging.


Arbitrary values are not supported.

The simplest approach is to to define a constant inside wp-config.php.

// [...]
define('ENVIRONMENT', 'production');
// [...]