[wp-hackers] Theme options in db: automatic deletion?

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Tue Nov 1 16:54:58 UTC 2011

On Nov 1, 2011, at 12:42 PM, Eric Mann wrote:
> Deletion versus deactivation.
> Deactivation shouldn't remove any options, settings, files, DB
> customizations, etc.  I would also argue that *deletion* shouldn't, either.
> But if you absolutely have to place this kind of functionality in your
> theme/plugin, hooking in to the "Delete" click in the WordPress UI would be
> the safest.  Still inadvisable, but safest ...

The BEST approach IMO would be upon plugin/theme deletion to serialize everything to a zipped archive file (or to a single option in the wp_options table) and then delete everything else persisted by the plugin/theme.

Upon activation the plugin/theme could then look to see if there are any archived settings and, if so, import them if the admin approves.


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