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ACF as must-use plugin?

  • I’ve been reading up on muse use plugins, see here if you don’t know about them:

    Interestingly they can’t be switched off or uninstalled from wp-admin, and are automatically loaded, similar to putting the code in your functions.php file. This makes them ideal for use if your theme requires some functionality, such as ACF.

    There are a few caveats, such as you can’t update the plugin and WP won’t descend into subdirectories looking for them. But these can be overcome.

    I wonder if anyone has tried to port ACF to use as an muplugin, and if it worked / was it a good idea?

  • I have recently moved ACF into mu-plugins on a rather high-traffic site. I’ll let you know about the problems as they arise. I simply put the advanced-custom-fields-pro directory into the wp-content/mu-plugins directory and added this modest file to that directory as well:

    $ cat advanced-custom-fields-pro.php 
    require_once(__DIR__ . '/advanced-custom-fields-pro/acf.php');

    The site in question does not need the update mechanism in place as we update the code on another machine, commit to git, and then deploy on the production webserver.

  • @dotancohen how has this worked so far? I’m thinking about setting up ACF as a mu-plugin, and curious if you’ve run into issues.

  • @runofthemill Maintenance of that website is done by somebody else in our company now, bit I have not heard of any issues. Give it a try, but don’t forget to occasionally update!

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