In v3.8 we introduced the Plugins feature within DesktopServer. At the time, we only had a few plugins but had plans to continually add to this functionality as we worked toward v4.x. The idea was that while they would actually be functionality to make version 4.x scalable, we figured out a way to add it to the current 3.x architecture making it a more robust, customizable platform.
When we announced the release, DesktopServer Premium Members were immediately given access to four plugins: Airplane Mode, Bypass Login, Debug & Trace, and Dreamweaver Support.
By activating these plugins when starting DesktopServer, you had powerful functionality that affected each local site you developed without actually being part of the installation itself. This means that when you were ready to deploy, these plugins would not automatically be shipped to the live site. Since version 3.8.0, we’ve introduced several new plugins and are working to build more.
As of this writing, in addition to the above plugins, we have also added, Clean Import, innodb-autoconvert, Local Admin Color Bar, Mailbox Viewer and a fully functional CLI plugin. Since our implementation of these plugins is rather ground-breaking, I thought I’d write a little bit about what they do and how they would benefit you in your day-to-day workflow.
Today, I’d like to showcase Airplane Mode. In the next few weeks, I will be sharing how and when to use each of these DesktopServer plugins.
Developed by Andrew Norcross, Airplane Mode was designed to stop your local WordPress installation from making calls to the internet.
While working locally, many plugins and themes might try to access the internet. This can slow down your development process and, if you find yourself working in a situation where there is no internet access, the delays might be enough to drive you up a wall.
This smart plugin shuts off all of these attempts and you’ll see your work efficiency increase considerably. One thing to note, however, is that if it is turned on and you’ve activated it within your site, you will not be able to access the repository through the dashboard to download plugins or themes. You can see how this cool little plugin works in this short video:
If you are interested in adding DesktopServer Airplane Mode into your workflow, here are some helpful Resources:
We’d love to know how you use this plugin and hear suggestions for other useful design-time plugins that we could create for you. Let us know in the comments, or email us directly! We are always excited to hear what our customers come up with!