PHPCS sniffs for Alley Interactive

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v2.0.2 2024-04-02 14:13 UTC


This is a PHPCS ruleset for Alley Interactive.


To use this standard in a project, declare it as a dependency.

composer require alleyinteractive/alley-coding-standards

This will install the latest compatible version of PHPCS, WPCS, and VIPCS to your vendor directory in order to run sniffs locally.

You can also manually add this to your project's composer.json file as part of the require property:

"require": {
    "alleyinteractive/alley-coding-standards": "^2.0"


To use this standard with phpcs directly from your command line, use the command:

vendor/bin/phpcs --standard=Alley-Interactive .

Alternatively, you can set this as a composer script, which will automatically reference the correct version of phpcs and the dependent standards.

"scripts": {
    "phpcs" : "phpcs --standard=Alley-Interactive ."

Then use the following command:

composer run phpcs

You can also pass arguments to the composer phpcs script, following a -- operator like this:

composer run phpcs -- --report=summary

Extending the ruleset

You can create a custom ruleset for your project that extends or customizes these rules by creating your own phpcs.xml or phpcs.xml.dist file in your project, which references these rules, like this:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
  <description>Example project ruleset</description>

  <!-- Include Alley Rules -->
  <rule ref="Alley-Interactive" />

  <!-- Project customizations go here -->

Change Log

This project adheres to Keep a CHANGELOG.


  • Fix issue with files with js/css in the path being ignored.
  • Bumping to PHP 8.1.


  • Update "Prefer array syntax" rule to 3.0.


  • Breaking Change: Upgraded to automattic/vipwpcs and wp-coding-standards/wpcs to 3.0. See Upgrading to 2.0 for more details.


  • Ignore deprecation errors in WPCS to allow it work with PHP 8.0+.


  • No changes, tagging a stable release of Alley Coding Standards.


  • Upgrading to automattic/vipwpcs v2.3.3 and dealerdirect/phpcodesniffer-composer-installer v0.7.2.


  • Add PHPCompatibilityWP sniffs to our rules, configured for PHP 8.0+
  • Make template-parts rule checking more ambiguous to better support scanning standalone plugins and themes
  • Added static analysis keyword to Composer to promote package to be installed with --dev.


  • Add PHPCompatibilityWP standard as a dependency (#9)
  • Exclude plugin template parts from WordPress.NamingConventions.PrefixAllGlobals sniff (#11)
  • Remove 'wp_cache_set' from forbidden functions (#12)


  • Sniff name changed to Alley-Interactive.
  • Composer package renamed to alleyinteractive/alley-coding-standards.
  • Allow short ternary syntax (#6)


  • Initial release.