[wp-hackers] How do you debug a plugin in production when you don't have server access?

Nikola Nikolov nikolov.tmw at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 12:57:07 UTC 2014

Are you also sending a list of the enabled plugins and themes? Sometimes a
conflict between plugins can be the cause for that, so it's good to know
that configuration.

Also depending on your plugin, you might want to attach a var_export() of
your plugin's settings.

These are the only things I can think of, besides information about PHP and
the server - obviously if you rely on a specific extension(like the GD
library), you can also include information about that extension - is it
enabled, which version it is, etc.

On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM, <skretch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Being a plugin developer, I encounter the following problem very often -
> sadly I am yet to find a stable resolution.
> Every hosting provider has their own PHP build with different extensions
> and restrictions.
> Every now and then a user would send a message saying that my plugin
> doesn't work for them.
> Most of the users are not tech savvy and the most they could do is browse
> their WordPress Dashboard and perform point and click operations in the UI.
> I find that asking for access to user's server is out of their comfort
> zone and only one every 5 or 6 users is willing to do that.
> I added a feedback form which ships with the plugin and when the user
> submits a feedback (likely about a problem with the plugin) I submit data
> about their server configuration along with their message to zendesk. The
> form include a checkbox where I tell the users what is going to happen when
> they submit this feedback form.
> The problem here is that knowing their server configuration is not always
> enough.
> How do you debug your plugins and are there any hidden WordPress gems that
> could be used by WordPress plugin developers?
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