Plugin update alert for installed plugins not sourced from wordpress.org
I have several plugins that I've sourced from Codecanyon. Both were updated recently but I didn't know, because my WP install knows nothing about these plugins.
It would be great to get an alert in my wp install when my external plugins have been updated.
To be clear, this would just be an alert. The plugin would still need to be manually upgraded.
I'd envisage this would be achieved by the plugin specifying some url that WP can ping to find out what the latest plugin version is.
This is already possible, however it has to be done BY the plugin. WordPress won't default alert you for anything not hosted on .org for numerous reasons, including accountability.
Code like that will handle the updates.
Oh that's interesting.
I guess the thing that comes to mind is that large marketplaces like Envato may not permit auto-updating for whatever reason.
Do the wp hooks (or whatever) that make this possible, provide an alert-only option? E.g a way to tell the user an update is available, without actually having the auto-update option.
This seems beneficial because plugin providers who don't or wont provide the files required for an auto-update, can still keep wordpress up to date on the plugin's currency.
You mean alert to a new version without providing an upgrade notice? Yes :) You just have to phone home and check for a version on your own server.
(There isn't an 'auto' upgrade for plugins right now, except by other plugins).
Ok. Yep, I mean't alerting a new version without having to provide the new zip file.
The code on GitHub you referred to requires that a download url is provided.
So the key question is: is the need for a download_url a requirement of wordpress or a requirement of that code only?
It's a requirement of that code only. You can totally alert only for your self-hosted plugins.
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