Self Hoster

Getting Started

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Welcome to the introduction of the Self-Hoster plugin. This new tool offers a self-hosting solution for WordPress plugin developers who face limitations on the platform. Self-Hoster enables developers to manage and distribute their own plugins independently.

Challenges with

Using to distribute plugins comes with several restrictions:

  • No CDN Usage: Plugins hosted on cannot utilize CDN, making them heavier.
  • Dependency on Shipped Libraries: Developers must use libraries provided by WordPress, which often are not the latest versions.
  • Ownership and Removal Rights: reserves the rights to remove any plugin at their discretion.
  • Long Waiting Times: The approval process for new plugins can take up to a month, delaying the release of simple blocks or plugins.

Features of Self-Hoster

Self-Hoster addresses these issues by offering the following features:

  • Self-Hosting Capability: Developers can host their plugins on their own servers.
  • Easy Upload and Fetch Options: Supports uploading plugins via ZIP files and fetching updates from GitHub.
  • Predefined Templates and GitHub Actions: Includes templates and guides on setting up GitHub actions for automation.
  • Lightweight Solution: Reduces server load by using a generated JSON file for updates instead of frequent database checks.

Advantages for Specific Needs

Not all plugins are suitable for distribution on, especially those intended for specific clients or a limited number of websites. Self-Hoster is ideal for developers who:

  • Require a tailored solution for individual clients.
  • Wish to simplify updates across multiple websites without manual intervention.
  • Prefer pushing updates with a single button to update all installations simultaneously.

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