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Plugin Detection for WordPress Themes

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You want to provide a fast installation process for your WordPress Theme? Good, WP has a straight forward installation… if you don’t use any Plugins in your Theme. Otherwise:

  • You have to write documentation: a list of the plugins, how-to install
  • You leave the work to your customer:
    • Read documentation
    • Find Plugin
    • Install Plugin
    • Activate Plugin
  • Customers will contact you, and you have to answer ‘Plugins?’ for the 100th time

Wouldn’t it be nice to have such a thing like Bundler for WordPress? Very easy dependencies management for the developer. One click installation for the user.

This is where Plugin Detection comes in.


  • Simple 3 step installation:
    1. Copy the Plugin to your Theme’s folder
    2. Include the Plugin in your Theme’s functions.php file
    3. Create a plugins.yml file
  • If plugins.yml is missing you’ll see a example based on your installed & active WordPress Plugins
  • plugins.yml is a YAML formatted file to manage Plugins
  • Only logged in admins will see the Plugin Detection
  • Works in Theme preview and outside the admin panel
  • Plugin Name Helper for the admin panel when searching Plugins for easy copy & paste
  • Find missing and inactive Plugins
  • Install/Activate each Plugin by its own
  • Install and Activate every Plugin – ONE CLICK INSTALLATION


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14 May 11

Last Update:

Compatible Browsers:
IE7, IE8, IE9, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome 4, Chrome 5

Files Included:
JavaScript JS, JavaScript JSON, CSS, PHP

Software Version:
WordPress 3.1, WordPress 3.0, WordPress 2.9, WordPress 2.8, WordPress 2.7, WordPress 2.6


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