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  • I’d like to pack and activate plugins directly form a theme, without the need of upload a separate plugin to the plugins directory. Is it possible?

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  • Kinda/sorta. While you probably cannot have a full-on WP plugin itself within a theme (for one thing, I’m pretty sure that activation needs to be done manually), since you can include any kind of PHP code within a theme, you may be able to get away with providing some kind of plugin-like functionality within your theme.


    Yes thats possible I think, just need to put the trigger in the theme or something. Never done it but I think themes like ShopperPress work on that basis, they also add an admin menu that would seem like a plugin but is not.

    This is something I plan to do myself, if I do it I’ll try to stop by here with directions to instructions.


    Thanks a lot, and yes Ryan, let us know when you do it please.

    I’ve downloaded and uploaded a couple themes to my site where they have to be transfered to wp-content instead of the themes folder because they contain both themes and plugins in the structured zip files.

    Just make sure that people realize that the file placement is different.

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