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Plugins from WordPress.com VIP

This document is to help clients who are managing sites across both WordPress.com VIP and VIP Go.

VIP Helpers

All the code on VIP Go is public in the mu-plugins repo, including vip-helpers. Most of the helper functions that you’re used to from WordPress.com VIP will still work on VIP Go. If you’re wondering whether or not a given function still works on Go, vip-deprecated.php is the best place to check – generally these are just functions that are unnecessary on VIP Go.

Note: There is no vip-init.php on VIP Go — the VIP Helpers are loaded automatically.

Plugins from WordPress.com VIP

Sometimes, you’ll want to move a plugin that you’ve been using on WordPress.com VIP to Go. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Similar to WordPress.com, VIP Go will load a helper file called vip-go-helper.php when plugins are loaded via `wpcom_vip_load_plugin()`, but _not_ if they are activated from the Admin Plugins UI.
  • There are a number of plugins that are specific to the WordPress.com environment. These cannot be ported over to Go. This includes:
    • wpcom-allow-contributors-to-upload
    • wpcom-elasticsearch
    • wpcom-geo-uniques (vip-go-geo-uniques replaces this)
    • wpcom-related-posts
    • share-this-classic-wpcom
    • share-this-wpcom
    • most-popular-feed-wpcom

If you want to use a WordPress.com VIP shared plugin, you can include it in the plugins directory of your VIP Go repository.

Last updated: November 14, 2020