Simba Plugin Updates Manager

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Provides a facility for hosting and distributing updates for your own WordPress plugins

Author:David Anderson (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:4.5
WordPress version tested:5.2.2
Plugin version:1.10.4
Added to WordPress repository:11-03-2015
Last updated:17-07-2019
Rating, %:100
Rated by:2
Plugin URI:https://www.simbahosting.co.uk/s3/shop/
Total downloads:14 887
Active installs:100+
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This plugin enables you to host updates for plugins from your own WordPress site.

i.e. It provides a service for the availability and download of WordPress plugin updates – just like the wordpress.org plugin repository. This can be for free plugins, or licensed plugins – it includes a full licence manager (and a free class for using it is available).

This is the plugin updates server that has been providing millions of plugin updates to the users of the paid versions of the UpdraftPlus backup/restore/clone WordPress plugin since 2013 (and users of various Simba Hosting plugins).

A paid connector for WooCommerce is also available, allowing WordPress to automatically assign and renew licences when purchases are made; plus other features for coupons and renewal emails (including pre-filled carts); follow this link for more information.

The best way to get a feel for its features is to take a look at the available screenshots.

Features

  • Manage multiple plugins, both free and paid

  • Manage user licences – create, renew and delete licence entitlements for non-free plugins

  • Send renewal reminder emails for licensed plugins

  • Have multiple different zips (i.e. different plugin versions) available for your plugins

  • Have sophisticated rules for which zip a particular user gets delivered (e.g. send them an older version if they are on an old version of WordPress or PHP)

  • Counts plugin downloads, by version – calculate how many active users you have

  • Shortcode provided for showing users on your website what plugins are available

  • Shortcode provided for showing plugin changelogs (automatically read from the plugin zip)

  • Data is included in WordPress’s privacy tools’ output (export / delete)

Running an updates and an licensing server are two important parts of providing plugin updates to your users. You will also need to add code in your plugin to point towards that updates server. A popular class used for this purpose with free plugins, that requires you to do nothing more than include it and tell it the updates URL, is available here: https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker . For licenced plugins, a compatible class is available here: https://github.com/DavidAnderson684/simba-plugin-manager-updater .

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License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright © 2015- David Anderson, https://www.simbahosting.co.uk

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.


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