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

  • 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, 2011 at 18:27
  • The answer is always yes, but how to do it will depend on the plugin.
    – Chris
    Aug 9, 2011 at 23:27

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