As a WordPress developer, making websites and plugins is a good challenge and highly rewarding experience with WordPress. The only annoying thing when developing WordPress across a number of different locations is the install.

Automattic have done a great job streamlining the install process with choice of a GUI or text interface to get the configurations all setup. But one aspect they haven’t work on so much yet is a custom WordPress install; there is no official option as of yet to build a WordPress package that will automatically install and activate plugins that you chose but that’s not to say there isn’t one though!

WPkgr is a custom WordPress install package builder that will allow you to, upon a new WordPress installation, automatically download the latest versions of plugins, of your choosing, and activate them with out you having to go through the number of pages to do so. Kind of a holy grail for WordPress developers as you can really streamline you installation now.

It’s really simple to do:

  1. Go to http://wpkgr.com/.
  2. Search for the plugin(s) you wish to have in your custom installation.
  3. Check the “Add box”.
  4. Once you have all the plugins you want click “create pkg”.
  5. A install.php will then download.
  6. Download the latest version of WordPress.
  7. Upload the WordPress files to your server in the normal manner.
  8. Once all uploaded, all the install.php file you got fro WPkgr to your wp-content folder.
  9. Run through the WordPress installation.
  10. Once you’ve setup the DB connections and they are all fine, the WPkgr file will kick in and start downloading and activating the latest plugins you requested.
  11. Finish the installation and you’re all done (unless plugins require some configurations then do that).

WPkgr is nice little site that I don’t think many people are aware of, but very handy for those who want a personalised WordPress installation for all the sites they do. So you can now install plugins such as Jetpack, WP Super Cache, and WP Survey And Quiz Tool as part of your standard install.

Hopefully this will save a lot of WordPress developer’s some time, but if you got any tips on speeding up your WordPress install or have your own way of doing things then let us know, you know you want to!

Neil Sweeney Web Developer

Neil was a front-end developer working on Fubra World projects. He does a bit of gaming, music, photography, snowboarding & rodent taming.