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One-click installation of themes/plugins from admin panel

  1. richschmidt
    Member

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    It'd be great to have a centralized repository of themes and plugins that can be downloaded & installed from within the WordPress admin section itself. While we all know how extensible WP is, non-techies often don't have a clue how to go about finding, downloading, uncompressing, uploading, and activating these things.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  2. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker

    12345

    Related to plugin update notification:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic.php?id=30

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  3. DanAtkinson
    Member

    12345

    I'm currently discussing a semi implementation of this with someone at this moment in time. It's hoped that some basic will be created within the week.

    Although it's currently designed for jQuery plugin implementation inside WordPress, the ideas and code involved could be transferred into other plugins.

    The main consideration we had is the fickle nature of Windows and WordPress, which won't let you set 777 directory permissions. Granted, I haven't got a lot of knowledge in this area, but that would be the main stumbling block... Uploading to Windows servers.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  4. CarltonBale
    Member

    Joomla does this very well in the current version. I think it will have full FTP integration in a future major release.

    I don't think WordPress needs full FTP, but it would be nice to upload through the web interface. The current procedure is cumbersome at best, especially for non-technical users.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  5. s1n
    Member

    12345

    I suggested this back in July of 2006:

    http://comox.textdrive.com/pipermail/wp-hackers/2006-July/007263.html

    Note that the links are now:

    http://s1n.dyndns.org/ones_and_zeros/oneclick/oneclick.xml
    http://s1n.dyndns.org/ones_and_zeros/oneclick/oneclick.txt

    Even Gallery2 has this for all of its plugins!

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  6. womanwithmanyhats
    Member

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    This would be my number one request. I'm great in my field, but I didn't go to school for anything computer related. Nevertheless I designed my own first website from scratch (pre XHTML, PHP etc.); taught myself two languages (ancient dialects); learned government code in a month when I needed it, etc. Yet I can't get my plugins to work! I have done a lot of reading on the forums, on the documentation, and other areas; yet the documentation assumes a lot of knowledge that endusers who are not IT people just don't have. And I have much more than most people I know.

    Do this, and you'll see a sharp increase in users. Just because a person isn't tech-savy, doesn't mean they necessarily should be over on wordpress.com, because they may have a business they need to use the software for.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  7. michaelper22
    Member

    12345

    I think that uploading plugins and themes with the cPanel file manager is a bit cumbersome (although it's the most convenient way at this point). At the very leasy, we should be able to upload, extract, and delete a plugin's original archive and extracted files.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  8. amerpun06
    Member

    12345

    This would be one of my biggest requests, as well.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  9. hschaefer
    Member

    12345

    I have started on developing a plugin that can automatically download and install a plugin from any web source (url) or from a file uploaded through the admin interface. You can read more and download the first release here:

    http://henning.imaginemore.de/pluginstaller/

    Currently I am working on a uninstall routine to simplify the deletion of unused plugins.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  10. paradoxist1
    Member

    I've written a plugin to upload and unzip any zip file in the correct directory that does the job fine. it's at

    http://anirudhsanjeev.org/projects/oneclick/

    Posted: 7 years ago #

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