WordPress Plugins Manager v. 1.0

Last Update: The WordPress Plugin manager is no longer available for download and support has been discontinued. More info here.
10/20/04 Update: Check out the new version

If you are a WordPress user, go check out the shiny new WordPress Plugin Database!

If you have written plugins for WordPress, go add them already!

If you do not use WordPress, then, well… you should.

But I’ll still talk to you if you don’t…

The whole thing will be migrated soon enough over to its own domain (wp-plugins.org or something like that, but I need to hear from a certain radioactive caribou first). In the meantime, it will work all the same.

This little thing is meant to solve the atrocious headache and unfathomable mess that are WP plugins. Also hopefully help promote these many invaluable piece of code that usually end up ignored by the WP public at large, for lack of a decent central repository.

In addition, wp-plugin-mgr (temporarily offline) will keep a list of installed plugins, notify you of new plugins and upgrades, let you install/remove them in one click and bring you fame, success and happiness (you need the commercial version for that last feature. contact me for a quote).

To install, simply download the file [link removed, see above], drop it in your WP root folder and browse to it (e.g., if your blog is at http://www.yourdomain.com/blog, point your browser to http://www.yourdomain.com/blog/wp-plugin-mgr.php).

For more info, see the Users FAQ and the Developers FAQ.

Feel free to address suggestions, bug reports, mad praises and death threats in the comments below (please, please RTFM twice before).

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  1. Adore the plugin manager, but I can’t read the type. I’m not sure how to change the CSS or styles but the action is in white letters on a light gray backgrounds and other colors are incredibly difficult to read.

    I’m also getting a redundant error:

    Warning: ini_set(): A session is active. You cannot change the session module's ini settings at this time. in /home/xxxxx/wordpress/wp-plugin-mgr.php on line 67

    But I can’t see what might be wrong there. It’s working fine, I just can’t see things on the screen unless I highlight (select) them with my mouse.

    Great job!

  2. I’m having some trouble with this, mainly because my Server Admin has disabled FTP’ing into his machine. Is it possible to set this up to use SFTP?

  3. I’ve searched high and low, and have not found out what this means. Can you possibly help me. I would love for this plugin to work!

    Warning: exec(): Unable to fork [unzip c:\hosting\****\member\****\wp-content\plugin_manager\tmp\tmp.zip -d c:\hosting\****\member\*****\wp-content\plugin_manager\tmp] in c:\hosting\*****\member\*****\wp-plugin-mgr.php on line 459

  4. I am getting this error:

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare rmdirr() (previously declared in /home/kelvinw/public_html/journal/wp-plugin-mgr.php:1314) in /home/kelvinw/public_html/journal/wp-content/plugins/wp-theme-mgr.php on line 188

  5. OK quick question…
    I love the plugin, works great…
    one minor problem, when a plugin is auto-installed, I cannot upload changes to its files via FTP. I think I have figured out why, on my server the auto-installed files belong to user/group httpd/httpd which does not correspond to my FTP login information. Now my question, is there any way I can make changes to these files??

  6. Having some problems with this, temporary or permanent.

    Warning: mkdir(): SAFE MODE Restriction in effect. The script whose uid is 816 is not allowed to access /home/…/public_html/wp-content/plugin_manager owned by uid 99 in /home/…/public_html/wp-plugin-mgr.php on line 446
    Fatal Error: Couldn’t write to tmp folder: ‘wp-content/plugin_manager/tmp’ (check permissions).

    I am definitely not going to start 777ing folders just to get this working… any ideas how to debug?

  7. I’m getting this error message:
    Warning: fopen(wp-content/plugin_manager/tmp/tmp.zip): failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home2/little/public_html/wp-plugin-mgr.php on line 454
    Fatal Error: Couldn’t write downloaded archive to ‘wp-content/plugin_manager/tmp/tmp.zip’
    Any help would be appreciated – this seems like a really great plugin.

  8. Brilliant plugin manager, but I have one niggle… Just want to ask if you can stop using short open tags…there is a good reason not to use these (e.g. using XHTML and XML on the website). Its a real pain having to edit all the code everytime I install this.

    What that means is, rather than use tags liks and use only and

    Cheers, Nick

  9. Great plugin, I used it extensively to add plug-ins to my wordpress install.

    However, it no longer works for me because my webhost turned off allowing fopen

    The plugin returns this message”Fatal Error: Remote file opening disabled on this install of PHP: this plugin cannot properly function.”

    Do you have in the works, or have a way to make the plugin-manager work again?

    My webhost gave the curl library as a substitute for fopen.

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