First of all, I can't use Trac, which is what the WP dev community uses to track bugs. However, my consulting company is using WordPress as a CMS for just about everything - product information, sales portal, news site, etc. I'd like to set it up to integrate our plug-in listing with a bug tracker ...

Right now, I have Flyspray set up as a standalone bug tracker. It works alright, but it's a separate domain (http://bt.jumping-duck.com) so that it remains separate from WordPress. But I'd like to be able to pull in numbers of tickets onto the WP page listing our plug-ins. Ideally, users could also submit bug reports directly from the plug-in info page.

Does anyone have any experience integrating WP with a bug tracking system like this? Should I stick with keeping the two systems separate?


I don't see any reason not to make WordPress into a bug tracker. Essentially, tickets would be a non-hierarchical custom post type which would have several taxonomies, such as priority, status, etc.

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    That might be the way to go, give both custom post types and custom taxonomies ... do you know of any frameworks that exist already? Preferably a drop-in plug-in ... it would save me the work :-) – EAMann Aug 12 '10 at 20:58
  • I don't know of anything off the top of my head; I know the plugin 'Pods CMS' (wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pods) was a precursor to WP3.0's custom post types, although I have to confess I've never used the plugin, so I can't really say how well it works for what you'd need. – John P Bloch Aug 12 '10 at 21:12
  • @John P Bloch Reinventing the wheel is normally considered stupid, and seen as a reason not to do so. Choose the right tool for the job, separate applications to reduce complexity. – hakre Sep 5 '10 at 8:26
  • @hakre Except using WordPress as a bug tracker is neither stupid nor reinventing the wheel. Spencer Finnell created a theme (Quality Control - spencerfinnell.com/quality-control-theme ) that turns WordPress into a bug tracker. I have it running on bugs.johnpbloch.com. As someone who looked into various bug trackers before Spencer's theme came out, I can't say WordPress isn't the right tool. If you need integration w/ version control, WP isn't right. But if you just need the bug tracker, I see no reason not to use it. – John P Bloch Sep 6 '10 at 14:26
  • @John P Bloch True. As always it depends on the specific needs. Just see my comment to evaluate the boundaries. – hakre Sep 6 '10 at 21:17

The Custom Post Types UI plugin might be a good start as far as getting all of the post types and taxonomies setup.

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    i think also, the best way for bugtracker-content and different from posts. You can also create best backend for this post_type and many different frontend-views via template and wp_query(). – bueltge Aug 13 '10 at 18:44

Hey I think this may be what you're looking for. It's a free WordPress theme called Quality Control Theme for ticket tracking. From there you can customize it however you want.


This option will be the least amount of work for you because the framework is already there.


Maybe something like this "Advanced Ticket System" plugin?


Only catch is that the current free version isn't WP3.x copatible, you have to donate to get that version. I have been looking for something similiar too.

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