Today we will see how you can create your own collection of WordPress plugins, which you can then reuse and retrieve in each new installation you do.
What do I mean by this? Easy. Many of you are WordPress implementers and developers. That means you get sick of installing the same plugins over and over again. Sure, each project will need specific plugins, but there are 5, 6, 7 plugins that are the same.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to install them directly in one go? Well, not only would it be nice, but it is also possible. Let’s see how to do it step by step.
Create a WordPress Plugin Package
The first thing you have to do is to register to WPCore. In fact, registration is optional, but I recommend it because you will enjoy more features. Once we have registered (or as guests) we will click on “+ New”. This will allow us to create a new collection easily and quickly, as it only asks for 3 pieces of information: Name of the collection, description and type: The name and description are quite explicit and need no explanation. As for the type, it can be public (everyone will be able to see and use your collection) or private (only you will be able to see and use it). We click continue and the next thing we will see is a message telling us that the collection is already created, and will give us an identifier so that we can use it later.
Next, it is time to fill the collection with the plugins we want. To do this, we just have to start typing the name of the plugin in the search engine, and it will automatically show us all the results. Then we click “Add” and repeat the process until we have all the plugins in our collection. When we are done, we can see them all in a tabbed table at the bottom of the screen. Each tab indicates the plugin’s rating, the number of ratings, the plugin’s name, the developer’s name, the last time it was updated, the total number of downloads, and the number of active installations. We also have a shortcut to the plugin page, a button to add the plugin to other collections, and a typical “X” to remove it from the list. Well, we have achieved it. We already have a collection of several plugins that we can quickly install in any new WordPress we implement. Let’s see how to do it.
Installing and activating an entire collection of plugins in WordPress
The first step (essential) will be to install and activate the WPCore plugin, which you can find in the WordPress plugin repository. Once we have done so, you will see a new option in the administration panel menu, called “WPCore”. We only have to copy the collection identifier (the red number from before) in the text box and that’s it. Click on “Save collections” and that’s it. And then we could install the plugins as usual.
As you can imagine, this tool makes our life much easier and saves us a lot of time, especially if we are dedicated to this, since we do not have to go plugin by plugin. But beyond time, it also makes us more effective and efficient, because working in this way we ensure that we do not neglect any plugin along the way (effective) and do everything with minimal effort (efficient).
Anyway, now the possibilities are endless. You can create as many collections as you want: For bloggers’ websites, for hotels, for eCommerces, for corporate websites, etc. The idea is that you have several collections depending on each type of website, so that the whole implementation is a matter of 5 clicks, instead of 50. Can you imagine doing this with 15 or 20 plugins? Or even better… can you imagine having access to the most used public collections that others have curated? Imagine no more, here they are!