[wp-hackers] Where Do I Configure This Plugin

Jeff Chandler jeffro at jeffro2pt0.com
Wed Oct 8 07:37:37 GMT 2008

Apparently not. Based on some more research, this issue has been brought 
up before. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/63824?replies=13 and 
respectively. For whatever reason the forum thread was closed.

Now, Andrews idea is based on what he has seen Habari do and although I 
wouldn't want to see a 100% clone of what Habari does instituted into 
WordPress, I think the way Habari does it is much better than the loose 
ways of WordPress. However, as was brought up within that forum topic, 
this would be a loose standard to apply as the software is Open Source 
and plugin authors would be able to continue to do what they want, 
despite the fact that the ability to do this already exists.

Considering all of the discussion based on this idea is at least two 
years old, is it safe to say that we will always have to deal with 
plugin authors making the final decision on where to place the settings 
page wherever that might be?

The only other thing I can imagine is a plugin to consolidate plugin 
settings onto one manageable page.

Alex King wrote:
> I already do this for my plugins by placing links to the settings 
> pages in the plugin descriptions. I thought everyone did this...
> Cheers,
> --Alex
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> On Oct 8, 2008, at 12:39 AM, jeffro at jeffro2pt0.com wrote:
>> Andrew Rickmann has come up with what I think is a pretty cool idea, 
>> http://www.wp-fun.co.uk/2008/10/01/unobtrusive-config-for-fire-and-forget-plugins/ If 
>> I am reading into his post correctly, this would allow a configure 
>> link to be displayed in the Plugins page where the activate and 
>> deactivate links are. Placing a configuration link in that spot makes 
>> complete sense to me and would finally allow the settings pages for 
>> various plugins to be in a predictable location. Ever since I began 
>> using WordPress (2.2) I've had to deal with plugin authors placing 
>> their configuration page in this place or that place, making it hard 
>> to find the darn thing. Of course, plugin authors would have to adapt 
>> this idea but it sure would save a lot of time for many people as we 
>> wouldn't have to search throughout the backend to look for those 
>> configuration pages anymore.
>> What are the downsides to an idea like this?
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