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Opened 17 years ago

Closed 16 years ago

Last modified 16 years ago

#4498 closed enhancement (duplicate)

Add configuration page links to Plugins page

Reported by: strider72's profile strider72 Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 2.2
Component: Administration Keywords: has-patch plugin-management
Focuses: Cc:


Per a discussion on wp-hackers: I think it would be a good idea to add a field to Plugin headers that allows for the creation of a link on the Plugins admin page. For example, in Akismet you might have:

Options URI: plugins.php?page=akismet-key-config

... and on the Plugins page that would create a "Configure" link in the list.

I've implemented this change, and am attaching the .diff files for plugins.php, admin-functions.php, and akismet.php, plus a screenshot of the plugins page.

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admin-functions.php.diff (428 bytes) - added by strider72 17 years ago.
akismet.php.diff (55 bytes) - added by strider72 17 years ago.
plugins-screenshot.jpeg (79.8 KB) - added by strider72 17 years ago.
plugins.php.diff (769 bytes) - added by strider72 17 years ago.

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Change History (19)

#1 in reply to: ↑ description @strider72
17 years ago

Replying to strider72:

admin-functions.php.2.diff is a duplicate file. Sorry -- browser was acting oddly and I submitted twice.

#2 @foolswisdom
17 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added
  • Milestone set to 2.3 (trunk)

#3 @strider72
17 years ago

  • Cc strider72 added
  • Version set to 2.2

#4 @strider72
17 years ago

  • Priority changed from low to normal

#5 @ryan
17 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.3 to 2.4

#6 follow-up: @DD32
16 years ago

A Similar setup can be achieved by entering <a href="options.php?page=plugin.php">Configure</a> into the Plugins Description.

#7 @darkdragon
16 years ago

  • Keywords plugin-management added

#8 in reply to: ↑ 6 @strider72
16 years ago

Replying to DD32:

A Similar setup can be achieved by entering <a href="options.php?page=plugin.php">Configure</a> into the Plugins Description.

True, but as discussed on wp-hackers (around the time I submitted this) there are circumstances where it is good to have a clean separation between the plain description of the plugin and an administrative link. An example is blogs using a "plugins used" plugin -- their "plugins used" page will have nonworking admin links in the plugin descriptions.

I'm just trying to maintain a clean separation of different data. An options link is not really part of describing the plugin itself.

(From more recent discussion, there may be a call for a more generalized means for plugin authors to insert "meta" links into their plugins, for Options Pages, Uninstall Functions, and so forth.)

#9 @santosj
16 years ago

I would hold off on this, until after the admin theme update.

Afterwards, I have several tickets I want to knock out and this is one of them. I think having a link along with the activate/deactivate | uninstall | edit | configure should make it sweet.

#10 follow-up: @santosj
16 years ago

Well, actually it does look like you've taken hold of this. I'll take over the rest and just merge whatever patch you submit.

#11 in reply to: ↑ 10 @strider72
16 years ago

As I have no real idea what the Happy Cog stuff will do to admin, I am satisfied with waiting for that shoe to drop before putting further work into this. :)

I do have an image in my head of a single column in the plugins table with multiple standardized icons/buttons that represent available meta-functions:

Options Link
Setup (?) (for one-time set-and-forget configuration)

... and whatever other common functions we find are useful.

I do think that "Activate/Deactivate" should remain their own separate thing, as that is absolutely fundamental to the plugins panel and should not be downplayed in any way.

As for "Edit" -- I don't think this is a good idea, as we should discourage developers from making plugins that require users to directly edit code. That's what an Options page is for.

Here is the earlier discussion on wp-hackers:
WP-Hackers: Plugin Options Page

#12 @santosj
16 years ago

That would be totally awesome! Icons wouldn't need translating and so you would only require one translation for each icon.

The "Edit" already exists and from comments on whether to remove it, it remains a "feature" that will remain. I don't think it is a good idea either, but there would be a huge backlash in removing it.

However, you do it, I have a few other areas that I'll be adding and should match what you plan on doing.

#13 @ffemtcj
16 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.5 to 2.6

#14 @DD32
16 years ago

  • Milestone 2.6 deleted
  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed

The ability to do this slipped into 2.5:

[7517] Filter list of plugins actions. Props DD32. see #5660

I'm going to close this as a duplicate of that ticket.

I've just written an example plugin that showcases the use of it, As well as deactivation/activation/validation option management:

#15 @strider72
16 years ago

I know this is closed, but I thought I would respond to this comment:

"Icons wouldn't need translating and so you would only require one translation for each icon."

Any Icon buttons should probably have a title attribute naming the button. As such, they do still need translation. (Though yes, a good icon can be pretty universal.)

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