Now you have the files where they belong, now what? The description is also used in the sample theme code, as well as in the blog topic name widget. I have a boilerplate for Composer packages you can see here:. Your plugin will be automatically loaded with WordPress before themes or plugins are loaded, and will not be affected by other plugin, theme, or core updates. How you opt to include autoloading is secondary to whether or not you opt to use autoloading or not. When the Composer Installers plugin runs, it always puts the repo into a nice contained folder. The first, the featured topic with posts widget, is fairly similar to the related posts widget, except for that instead of pulling the posts from the same topic as the current blog, it pulls the posts from whichever topic the site admin has set as featured.
I try to make sure my namespaces which can form a virtual path to a class mimic the directory structure or the physical path to a class. These are the files that display all the recent posts from a topic or all the sites from a topic. This can be achieved thanks to plugins, and sometimes themes can even add features. So, it could be plugins. And like that, your site or network is instantly branded.
We can change that, and the way to make this change is the same as for the classic plugins: we will add a comment containing all the information we want. At first, nothing has changed, but look at the tabs below the title of the page. I finally got around to doing it. All the rest simply got tested and their readme files tweaked. Now most of the newer plugins have their own folders. Lots of people have downloaded it and I think lots of people have used it.
By using the Twit Connect plugin help you to add a new function which enables Twitter avatars on regular WordPress blogs. So it was very common to have some cool idea and throw it away. All the plugins can be found here: Most of these are minor updates — mostly just testing the plugins and making sure they work on 2. You can also exclude certain topics. Here are the new features: The ability to close comments on the first post and page. When he isn't staring at a monitor or two and churning out web.
More on each later in this article. View of Admin Screen with Plugin Manager Installed Data is regenerated on viewing the plugin stats page if the data is more than one hour old. Thanks for contributing an answer to WordPress Development Stack Exchange! Quite some time ago, I launched the first version of the Blog Topics Plugin. You'll note on this example site other than we really need to clean out the plugins we were testing , must-use plugins are now listed. Senior Analyst, Software For more than a decade, Jeffrey L. Most of the magic is in the rewrites.
An out-of-date plug-in may work with your recently updated WordPress installation, but it's not guaranteed to do so. I also added support for the new settings in 2. Add the following comment at the beginning of the file. It can be useful to know if your mu-plugin is there to load a library used in all the pages of your website for example: if a classic plugin uses this library, you can be sure that it is already loaded because mu-plugins are loaded before and they cannot be deactivated. WordPress only loads one file in the plugin, the one that's usually named the-plugin-name. There are manual ways around this that work fine, but I want to get away from any manual steps when running the install. Why should we have to jump back and forth between the Dashboard and the functions file just to make menus? So, make sure that they contain no spaces, are short, and are human readable.
Does WordPress only loads plugins which are just single files in mu-plugins? Look for a separate blog post on this coming soon. More on this in a bit. If you have never used mu-plugins before, this directory should not exist, but you can create it without any problem. Replace the content of the load. Now, you have to call this function. It continued to work, but it got no love. WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.
You have what we wanted: your plugin is executed, even if it is not directly stored in the main directory. To activate a mu-plugin, you just have to upload it in the right directory, and WordPress will automatically know that this plugin must be used. But, ultimately, I like to make my plugins as flexible as possible. We forgot to activate the plugin. Please make sure to always read the readme. So, for our own work, we modified the plugin to use permalinks, and added some additional features.
This is an example of a WordPress page,. Thanks go out to for their prior work in this area. I've never tried moving any robust plugin in there. And this is the main reason I favor using namespaces as early in a project as possible. Because they are not activated, mu-plugins can not use activation hooks which are usually used by classic plugins to initialize some needed things like options in the database.
I tried to dumb it down enough so as to not be too tempting. For example, Wicca practitioners could create a group to share spells, and Slayers from Los Angeles could have a group where they would share tips and news. These are optional, of course. How can we make a mu-plugin then? Notice that you cannot Deactivate or Delete a must-use plugin. It took all of 10 minutes. Yeah, that label was news to me too. If you work with libraries which are meant to be consumed directly by another library or plugin, not by WordPress itself, as a plugin is , then it gets indeed a bit more complicated.