Quickly deactivate and archive a plugin for later use. Archiving a plugin both deactivates and removes the plugin from your visible Plugins list.
Why did you create this plugin?
In my day to day work cleaning malware from hacked websites, I sometimes run into situations where after updating WordPress or plugins, that a plugin will break the website (causing a white screen or error message).
This left me with a predicament. In deactivating the plugin, the plugin remained in the main list. Invariably, another administrator would log in a week later and in seeing the plugin deactivated, “activate it,” resulting in an emergency, and sadly lots of finger pointing.
So my thought in developing The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver was to create a plugin that would physically move the problem plugin out of the main Plugins directory off to an archive directory.
Plugin repository Description:
Ever wished you could move plugins out of your WordPress Plugins list, but still have them readily available for installation later. The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver is the answer.
Why use The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver?
- Maybe you have a set of plugins that you would like to install in all of your WordPress sites, but would rather not have them listed within Plugins (until you need them).
- Maybe you’ve run into a buggy plugin, that when activated breaks your home page. The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver plugin will allow you to simply archive the plugin, preventing accidental activation.
- Maybe you wish to test sets of plugins, pulling different sets of plugins into your plugin list as you need them; all with just a few clicks.
- Maybe you share management with another administrator who believes the “Activate” link is an invitation to “click it!”
With The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver, you may upload or move plugins to your own custom archive directory. It’s just that easy!
For for details see the screenshots tab http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/hackrepair-plugin-archiver/screenshots/
Every dollar counts and will help our beleaguered plugin developers concentrate on improvements and less about next month’s rent. Donate for the cause at https://hackrepair.com/about/hackrepair-plugin-archiver
* See documentation at https://hackrepair.com/about/hackrepair-plugin-archiver
* See support forum at https://wordpress.org/support/hackrepair-plugin-archiver
The quickest method for installing The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver is:
- Go to your admin area and select Plugins -> Add new from the menu.
- Search for “The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver“.
- Click install.
- Click activate.
If you would prefer to manually install The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver follow these instructions:
- Upload the hackrepair-plugin-archiver folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
- Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress
Frequently Asked Questions
1. If I deactivate or remove the plugin what will happen?
Short answer: Nothing.
Long answer: Archived plugins will remain where you left them (nicely archived), until you reactivate the The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver plugin.
2. Are you planning an “unarchive all” upon deletion of plugin option?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: The Hack Repair Guy’s Plugin Archiver was built around the concept of managing different versions of plugins saved within different archival directories. If we were to include an “unarchive all” upon deletion option, the plugin would not know which duplicate to unarchive. The result–none would be unarchived. So that feature, if implemented, would not perform as expected.
3. Why not just delete plugins?
Short answer: Archiving is way cooler!
Long answer: Some plugins will delete data upon deletion. Not so fun if you’ve spent hours setting up a plugin, only to learn later, after deleting it, that all of the settings previously saved were “deleted.”
Likewise, IMHO, some occasional use utility plugins simply don’t have a place in the active plugins list. Sure, plugins like WP Migrate, Velvet Blues Update URLs, Duplicator, or your favorite database optimization plugs are simple enough to delete. But why waste the effort. Just archive it!