Support » Plugin: Plugin Notes Plus » Provides an answer to: why did I install that obscure plug-in?

  • The WordPress team should incorporate this plug-in as part of the core product! That’s how useful it is. The WordPress design philosophy is lots of plugins being installed — potentially fine-grained ones — to add to the WordPress functionality to avoid doing PHP programming. However, the negative side of that is the maintenance nightmare of tracking in your head “Why did I install that obscure plug-in? What is it used for on my site?”; in the worst case, you weaken the security of your site as you are too scared to disable any (potentially) unused or unimportant plug-in as you don’t know if it is providing a crucial role or not! This plug-in solves all that!

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  • Plugin Author jamiebergen


    Thank you for your review!

    @lion… If this works for you, great. I have a different use case that simply labels each plugin as critical, necessary, utility, decorative, etc.

    Here’s a tip you might consider for keeping track of “why this”: There’s a neat utility plugin called Plugins List That adds a shortcode that you can add to a blank post. When you preview the post, you’ll see a list of your site’s plugins. Copy the list and run it through an app like the iPad app “Clean Text” that will strip extraneous characters, tabs, spaces, etc, then make each plugin go on a separate line. Then copy the whole thing into a table or spreadsheet column. There you’ll have all your plugins listed. In the next columns you can enter all sorts of notes, date installed, anything you want.

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