[wp-hackers] Where Do I Configure This Plugin

Joost de Valk joost at joostdevalk.nl
Wed Oct 8 07:40:28 GMT 2008

Whatever comes out of this, any standardization in how plugin authors  
should make config pages would be good. I often find that I spend a  
whole lot more time writing the backend for a plugin than the actual  
function it needs to take care of, and I somehow feel that users would  
benefit hugely if all these backends would look somewhat more alike.


On 08 Oct 2008, at 09:37, Jeff Chandler wrote:

> Apparently not. Based on some more research, this issue has been  
> brought up before. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/63824? 
> replies=13 and http://comox.textdrive.com/pipermail/wp-hackers/2006-March/005247.html 
>  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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