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New WordPress Plugin Installer

Long time WordPress fans mourned the loss of the WP-Plugin Manager, a WordPress Plugin that not just helped you manage your WordPress Plugins, but checked for updates and new Plugins to add to your WordPress blog.

Well, hope springs eternal and Matt Read has come out with The WordPress Installer – The Plugin.

Still in beta testing but available for download and use only for WordPress 2.0 and higher versions, it features:

  • Installation directly from WordPress Plugin zip files.
  • Manages files for installation.
  • Easy removal of Plugins installed with the Installer Plugin.
  • Check for Plugin updates.
  • Automatically download and install updates with a single click.

To use the program with WordPress 2.0 blogs, Matt Read explains it is very simple to use:

Installer will add sub menus in “Presentation” and “Plugins”. One is for installing plugins and the other form themes. I’ll let you figure out which is which.

When go to the Installer page, you will see two feilds. One labelled Local File and the other Remote File. If you want to install a local file, browse to it in the Local File feild. To install a remote file, just copy and paste the URL of said file in to the Remote File feild. Then click install.

To uninstall a file just click Uninstall the Installation History section.

In order for the automatic check for updates features to work, WordPress Plugins must have certain header information in order to help Installer check for updates. The process of providing updates of Plugins uses an XMLRPC server. Owen Winkler, host of Red Alt and the popular Asymptomatic, adds:

If you’re a plugin developer, you may want to check out the Installer and see about adding those headers to your own plugins. And instead of fretting about how to host an XMLRPC server to transmit your updates, check out the RedAlt Plugin Version Service, which can handle all that for you.

If this works well, expect to see more WordPress Plugins be updated to work with the Installer. If you are a WordPress Plugin author, then I’m sure that Owen and Matt would appreciate your feedback and testing help.

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  1. Posted May 22, 2007 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle…

    Over a year after your original post, Fred discovers WordPress and becomes interested in writing plugins. All plugin installer links that I’ve found seem dead; any idea if someone’s attempted this, or if it’s going to be part of the WP core?

    Thanks, and keep up the great work. 🙂

    – Fred(code).

  2. Posted May 22, 2007 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Good question, Fred. These things come and go and I’m not sure what the status is on the Plugin installer. Best to install them on your own, but I’ll look into this more. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Posted May 29, 2007 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    Any chance that you know of a Plugin-Installer Plugin for WordPress that is still available? I have searched high and low and can only find the one you mention above which is no longer available and Plugininstaller by Henning Schaefer ( which only seems to work if your running your server on linux. Any ideas?


  4. Posted May 29, 2007 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    There have been a lot of attempts to create the “perfect” Plugin Installer. I thought we had one that was working, but now it appears it isn’t. Each new version of WordPress seems to break them. Installing Plugins is easier than upgrading WordPress, so for now, stick with it the old fashioned method.

  5. Posted July 23, 2007 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I recently installed PlugInstaller 0.2.1 and thought I’d share my thoughts with everyone. You can read about it in this WordPress Plugin Installer article. Though PlugInstaller may not be perfect, it still helps manage my growing list of plugins.

  6. Posted September 11, 2007 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I’m about to install my installer plugin when wordpress say that it is not compatible. Where can I find the latest installer plugin?

  7. Posted September 11, 2007 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    So many Plugin “installers” have come and gone for WordPress, hopefully, the latest, OneClick WordPress Plugin, and the new work being done on upcoming versions of WordPress which will include a Plugin updater and possibly installer, will put this issue to rest.

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