WPCore: Create WordPress Plugin Collections and Install Them in One Click

WPCore landed in the WordPress plugin repository this week. The plugin extends WordPress to interact with the new WPCore service that allows you to create and manage plugin collections. The new WPCore plugin lets you bulk install all the plugins from any collection in just one click. The service was created by Stuart Starr, an application developer with a penchant for launching what he calls “brand new and relatively useless web services.” In this case he may have actually launched a useful one.

Your average WordPress site needs at least a few plugins to add basics like contact forms, SEO, galleries, etc. More specialized sites can require a dozen or more related plugins in order to provide more complex functionality like e-commerce, social networking, forums, or event management. This is where having a collection ready to install can save you some time.

Once you sign up for the free service, you can start creating your own public or private collections on WPCore.com. Private collections will not appear in the collections directory.

create-new-collection

Start typing in plugin names or slugs to add them to the collection. The search box autosuggests plugins as you type:

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As you can see above, each plugin collection is assigned its own unique key. Once you’ve added all the plugins you want to your collection, you can then paste this key into the WPCore settings page:

add-key

This will pull up all the plugins in the collection and link to a bulk install page in the admin:

bulk-install

The handy thing is that you can grab the key from any collection to bulk install the plugins; it doesn’t have to be one that you created. You can browse the WPCore Collections directory to find other public collections that users have already shared.

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Collections can be shared, edited and/or deleted, and made private at any time. The concept is very similar to what the WP Install Profiles plugin provides with its corresponding service. The WP Roller service is another app that attempts to do the same thing but also allows you to customize a few extra settings in the process. So far, none of these services have grown to become mainstream tools for WordPress developers.

The WPCore app was built with Laravel and Bootstrap. After testing the app and the plugin, I can confirm it is user-friendly and provides a super fast way to install a long list of plugins. Making the most of WPCore requires having your collections set up already and a necessity to install the same plugins on multiple sites.

For those building WordPress sites regularly for clients, the tool can be a real time saver. Once your collection is set, you no longer have to spend time trying to remember all the plugins you need for setting up new sites. It’s also an easy way to share your recommendations with new users and other developers. Check out WPCore and let us know if this is a service you’re likely to use.

15 Comments


  1. Looks good Sarah and more importantly it looks like a timesaver.

    Be nice to have a collection that can be modified and installed on new sites.

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    1. Wellp, there goes my theory of being the first to create and share collections of plugins. Great to see more than one site devoted to it though.

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  2. This is a neat concept! As you mentioned WPRoller and others have the ability to gather a collection of favorite plugins and install them in one activity but I think WPCore is the first to have these collections be shareable. On top of that, you can install collections from other users. That is cool! Something I hope we’ll see on the actual WordPress plugin directory someday, since it already has the ability to mark plugins as favorites.

    As for the name, I can see how it would be confusing. Just looking at the name without any other information lead me to believe it was directly related to the core WordPress project. I hope he’ll consider renaming the service to alleviate any confusion over his service and the WordPress project itself.

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  3. This is a great addition to the plugin family, even if there are similar plugins.

    I agree with Jeff, the name is slightly confusing.

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  4. This seems to be really cool. The name is really confusing. I immediately read this post because I thought WP core (the actual WordPress project) had added a new feature that I’d missed.

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    1. Justin you are absolutely right. When anybody will look at its name they will think that it belongs to the WordPress Official Plugin :)

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  5. Thanks for the article! I feel so special. In terms of the name I did not realize wpcore was a thing. Have had the name for years. The idea was I was building my own core for starting new projects. Plugins is just phase one. That being said I can update the plugin title so it is a bit more descriptive of the current product.

    Also hadn’t seen wpfavs but that one looks nice too!!

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  6. I’m excited to try this. I always have to load a bag of plugins to sites and it’s really inefficient how I do it, and I know it. This could be the answer to my prayers- thanks for the share!

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  7. I believe WordPress could take advantage of the “favorite” feature to add a similar functionality in the core. At the moment you can already favorite plugins at the wordpress.org repository and view them via your site’s admin (which is a handy feature that I use all the time).

    The only problem with that is that you need to install all the desired plugins one by one, while it would be much better to simply add a checkbox next to each plugin and a button “bulk install selected”.

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