Core Control

Description

Please Note: Core Control is mainly a developers plugin, however it can be used by end users alike, Just realise, That novice users are not the initial target audience, and as such, this plugin (and its modules) may be more technical aimed.

Core Control is a set of plugin modules which can be used to control certain aspects of the WordPress control.
Currently, Core Control features modules for managing Filesystem Access, Managing plugin/theme/core updates, Managing HTTP Transports & External HTTP Request logging

Filesystem Module

As of WordPress 2.5, WordPress has included a Filesystem abstraction method which allows The Plugin upgrader, Plugin Installer, Core upgrader, Theme upgrader, and soon to be, Theme Installer, the ability to modify files on the server which WordPress lies via a few methods, Direct Filesystem access (Only available to few), SSH2 (To a select few who have installed a PHP Extension) and 2 FTP methods.

This module allows You to view which Method WordPress is using, and to disable problematic methods. It also provides a small bit of path debug information, which will be expanded upon in future releases.

Upgrades Module

This module is rather simple, and ugly, In short, It allows you to Disable/Enable Core, Plugin, and Theme update checking, It also allows you to force an update to occur instantly, Useful for when you’re sure a new version has been released, but WordPress hasnt taken notice of it yet.

HTTP Module

As of WordPress 2.7, WordPress has included a new HTTP API, This simplifies the various splatterings of code used previously, everythings wrapped up together and it means that hopefully, all of WordPress’s External HTTP bugs can be located in one easy to find place..

This module Allows you to view which transports are used for what purposes (GET/POST requests), Allows you to test the transport (It requests a file hosted on my web server, and checks the response is correct), And if a module is found to not work as expected, Allows you to disable a transport.

HTTP Logging Module

The purpose of this module is to log all outgoing connections WordPress makes, It allows you to view the resulting data, as well as to view the time it has taken for each of the requests to be made.

Cron Module

This module is designed to allow you to view the WordPress Cron tasks which are currently scheduled to occur.

The Module allows you to run any task by clicking a link, and allows the cancelation of Once-Off scheduled tasks, however it is not recomended unless you are sure of what you are doing.

Future revisions of this Module will most likely allow you to configure custom tasks as well for testing purposes.

Future Modules

These are only ideas, If you’ve got one you’d like added to the list, Get in touch with me πŸ™‚ wordpress@dd32.id.au

  • Cron Module, to manage cron tasks (Much like a more basic crontool)
  • Constants module, To manage the various optional constants that you can define to control parts of WordPress (Such as revisions, etc)
  • Role module, Well.. I’m just sick of the Role Manager plugin, Considering the idea of rolling a basic manager.

Screenshots

  • Core Control main page
  • The Filesystem module
  • The Updates Module
  • The HTTP Module
  • The HTTP Logging module
  • The Cron Module

FAQ

Who is this plugin aimed at?

This plugin is primarily aimed at Developers, However, Its just as useable by novice users, just as long as you realise that the plugin -will- contain technical terms, and will not explain everything 100%, Its sort of a “If you know what this does, Here it is for you to use it, If not, leave it alone”

Why are there no Questions here?

Because no-one has asked me.. Ask me some questions! wordpress@dd32.id.au

Reviews

Not recommended, broke auto update for me. (WITHDRAWN)

WITHDRAWNToo bad I can not delete the review so I give it a neutral 3-star rating and mark everything clearly as WITHDRAWN. The plugin did not do any harm but I also did not review the plugin further.

I am pretty sure the plugin did something to my DB which now prevents the system to update properly. The system does not do automatic updates anymore and I do currently don’t know how to fix it.

Instantly identified a problematic cron

Cron was causing intermittent issues, using Core Control it allowed each cron task to be called individually and identified the issue immediately. Very, very useful tool for finding issues which aren’t on every page load (ie a cron task).

Amazing debugging tool

I needed to debug something related to wp_cron, this plugin was perfect.

Later that day, I needed to debug/track external calls and boom – same plugin does that too.

Thanks!

Very happy and satisfied

The plugin its great and it does what itΒ΄s supposed to do. We are very happy with it and can only recommend it πŸ˜‰ !

Solved my cron job issues!

Thanks to this plugin, I found the repeatative cron job that was murdering my server. Tracked it and killed it and my server is not running 1000times faster.

For those who fall into the same trap as me, using pmpro membership plugin, the cron job name was pmpro_cron_expiration_warnings which was being repeated 13,000times!!

Thank you for saving me Developer!

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Contributors & Developers

“Core Control” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.2.1

  • HTTP Logger: Support headers returned as an array value.

1.2

  • Cron Module: Identify Class-hooked functions better
  • Cron Module: Date/Time is displayed in the GMT offset the site is setup in
  • Cron Module: Running a once-off task now clears that schedule.
  • Cron Module: PHP Notice with static methods fixed.

1.1

  • 3.2 Compatibility
  • A few notices fixed

1.0

  • Nothing new.. Well.. Kinda
  • Fixes for WordPress 3.0 compatibility (Now requires it)
  • Fixes Deprecated notices which would cause a blog meltdown upon attempting to activate modules wth WP_DEBUG active
  • Displays a warning for less than PHP 5.2.
  • HTTP Logger: Adds Delete all option
  • HTTP: Adds a listing of Defined HTTP Constants and Filter values
  • Update Module: Updated to use *_site_transient() for 3.0 compatibility

0.9.2

  • Bug: Fix strange redirection issues when remove_query_arg() is used. It was not needed in this latest version anyway. See WP#11693

0.9.1

  • Remove conflict between Core Control and WP_HTTP_BLOCK_EXTERNAL

0.9

  • Updated to WordPress 2.9
  • Fixed various warnings and compatibility issues.

0.8

  • Move from Settings menu to the Tools menu, Sorry for the confusion folks, But it makes better sense there πŸ™‚
  • HTTP: Allow to enable disabled transports after WP 2.8 HTTP do-over
  • Update Module: Switch to *_transient() for 2.8 compatibility
  • Fix 2.8.1’s plugin security mashes..

0.7

  • HTTP Logger: Support Request Failures instead of erroring out..
  • Introduce the Cron Tasks Module

0.6

  • Initial Public Release

0.5

  • Original Alpha releases