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Many of us will do whatever it takes to simplify the rote systems and processes that we have to accomplish on any given day – this is why many of us subscribe to different philosophies of GTD and try many of the different and varying mobile and desktop applications that help us accomplish things faster, better, and smarter.

It’s those types of applications that I really like coming into our inbox since time wisely-saved is time available for more fruitful endeavors!

Chris Chaudruc is a man to be thanked because he’s created the first iteration of a new WordPress-powered serviced that will help a user choose from many popular plugins and themes and have them automatically added to their WP installer zip.

Think, for a moment, how many times you’ve downloaded the WordPress install zip and then went on to find all those plugins and themes for your client. Then, think about how more quickly it can be done.



With WPRoller you can choose the current version of WordPress or even the latest nightly build and then go on to choose the plugins and themes you want in your customized installer file.

Analytics? API? Caching? SEO? Sure, it’s all there. Hit that “Roll it Up” button and you’re good to go.

Such a simple concept that’s done exceptionally well and saves a truckload of time. Chris is adding dozens of new resources every day and is even toying with the idea of uploading your own zips, links to Git, and SVN repos to load in plugins and other such goodies.

Killer work Chris and thanks for it. I’m bookmarking it right now.

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  • http://bloggingwordpress.net/ Liam

    I’m bookmarking it right now. Some of these were known to me but some were new and were really good..

  • http://nashwan-d.com Nashwan Doaqan

    WOW , Great idea , and good website … I build my WordPress installer now :)

    Thanks for the site developers and your share :)

  • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ Syed Balkhi

    That’s pretty bad ass. Love the concept.

  • http://www.werdswords.com DrewAPicture

    This is a great idea. Frankly, I’m surprised nobody’s done it until now.

  • DJ

    Great idea and a very nice start.

    I wouldn’t limit this to a list though. I would change the script to perform a search, download, and add to package from the repository, if not accept a user provided list to download and add.

    Yes the repository is BIG and I’m not suggesting some random “I have some idea of what I want” scenario, rather “I know the plugin(s) I want to install,” I just need to grab the latest version before creating the package for the particular site I’m installing.

    As example, the plugins in “Developer” is very slim and misses many, many useful plugins for developers. It would also be fruitless (if not ridiculous) to replicate the entire repository.

    • @WProllerapp

      Hi DJ – What developer plugins would you recommend? I would like to add them to the site. Thanks for your comment.

  • ngassmann

    Bummer! When I read “custom” I thought it meant we could add our own plugins and themes to an installer.

    • http://www.WordSkill.com donnacha of WordSkill

      That is exactly what you can do, complete with hardcoded license numbers too.

      • ngassmann

        I don’t see the option to add your own custom plugins or themes. All I see is dropdowns of predetermined options.

        • http://www.WordSkill.com donnacha of WordSkill

          You’ve made a profile, right? To save your plugins and themes?

          • ngassmann

            Was that there last month when the article was written? TBH, it’s not very obvious today either in that little green callout.

          • @WProllerapp

            Hi – I built WProller.com and wanted to say that YES you can upload your own plugins and themes to store them and add to your WordPress installers. Since the article we have added new features like the ability to add plugins from Github and you can customize your install.php. We will try to make it more visible that we have that feature.

  • WordPress Dude

    Nice. WPkgr is pretty nifty as well.

  • http://worpit.com/ Paul

    Worth considering iControlWP’s Installation Templates which let you apply your custom templates to any site – it’ll automatically install all items (plugins/themes) on the template for you: http://www.icontrolwp.com/2014/02/star-born-wordpress-installation-templates/