Group and Filter Plugins by Functionality with Plugin Groups by CalderaWP

Plugins such as WooCommerce and Ninja Forms have a lot of extensions available to add functionality and each extension is usually a separate plugin. Depending on the functionality you need, extensions can add several additional plugins to the plugin management page in the backend of WordPress.

Plugin Groups is a free new plugin by CalderaWP that adds the ability to organize plugins by groups for easy filtering. For example, you can create a group called e-Commerce and add all plugins dealing with e-Commerce to the group. When you browse to the Plugins page, you’ll see a new filter at the top called e-Commerce. Clicking on it will display only the plugins within that group.

Plugin Groups in Action
Plugin Groups in Action

You can organize groups by clicking on a group’s name and dragging it up or down. One thing I noticed is that clicking the save button doesn’t appear to do anything, even though it saves the configuration. I recommend displaying a visual notification that tells me I clicked the save button and the configuration saved successfully.

I tested the plugin on WordPress 4.2 and it works as advertised. Plugin Groups is a nice way to organize and access plugins based on functionality. Plugin Groups should definitely come in handy for those who use 50 plugins or more. You can try Plugin Groups yourself by downloading it for free from the WordPress plugin directory.

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  1. Does this only organize plugins in the admin, or does it also let you choose which plugin groups to apply to a given post/category/tag? I use Plugin Organizer for the latter, and it works, but it’s a bit unwieldy to use in the admin.

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  2. I’m a little surprised you took notice of it. I was looking for a plugin I’ve been working on for a client and couldn’t find it. Out of frustration I made this. That was on Monday morning.

    Really appreciate the post.

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  3. And it was last week I was wondering if there was a plugin which would organise plugins. Good work :)

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    1. Awesome, I’m going to give the new version a try and let you know what I think. Thanks for the swift action.

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  4. Do you guys know of a plugin that’s already out there which does the exact same thing as this, but for posts instead of plugins? That would be really helpful for websites with hundreds of posts.

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    1. Isn’t that what categories and tags are for? Can’t you sort your posts on the backend by using those?

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      1. I think you’re right. My specific use case is with a theme that has a “products” post type, and there is no way to sort by “product categories”.

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