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Sorry if this is a really silly question, but I am very new to Word Press.

My question is, can one plugin update the settings of another Wordpress plugin? I suppose this might depend on the plugin and where it stores its settings. I don't know if plugins store their settings in static files or in the database.

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Simple Answer would be yes.

It really depends on the plugin. A good plugin will take use of the many API's that Wordpress has set up for development, such as the settings API. Most plugins will probably store their settings using get_option.

A good place to start will be the Wordpress Codex

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Brilliant, thanks. So if I was to ask someone to develop a plugin for me, they could in theory get it to change settings for another plugin? It sounds like the answer is yes! –  baritoneuk Aug 9 '11 at 18:27
    
The answer is always yes, but how to do it will depend on the plugin. –  Chris Aug 9 '11 at 23:27
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