Documentation Activating a Plugin on VIP

Activating a Plugin on VIP

Overview #

Here at VIP, we have a large directory of plugins that have been reviewed and approved by our engineers. Here are the following ways to activate a plugin.

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1. From Your Dashboard #

Simply navigate to VIP > Plugins and Services in your dashboard, find the plugin you’d like, and click “Activate.”

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2. Activating a Shared Plugin In Your Theme #

You should already have read access to our shared VIP plugins directory containing a growing list of plugins that you can use.

To test these plugins in your development environment, use your username and password to check out a copy of them from using Subversion. To match our environment, they should be checked out to wp-content/themes/vip/plugins/ and not wp-content/plugins/ like you would normally.

svn co wp-content/themes/vip/plugins

To load plugins from the shared themes/vip/plugins/ folder, you can use the following function call:

wpcom_vip_load_plugin( 'zoninator' );

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3. Activating a Custom Plugin #

If you are interested in using a plugin that isn’t available as a pre-approved VIP shared plugin, we will have to review it for stability, performance, and security before it can be used on Please read more about Plugin Reviews here.

Once your plugin is approved, add it to the “plugins” directory within your theme directory. To activate it, require_once/include_once them in functions.php. e.g.:

require_once( __DIR__ . '/plugins/custom-plugin/custom-plugin.php' );