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What, Why, and How-To’s of Creating a Site-Specific WordPress Plugin

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Do you want to add a site-specific plugin to your WordPress website?

A site-specific plugin allows you to easily add code snippets to your WordPress website without relying on your theme.

In this article, we will explain how to create a site-specific WordPress plugin and why it’s important.

Site Specific WordPress Plugin

What Is a Site-Specific WordPress Plugin?

A site-specific WordPress plugin is a standalone plugin that you can use to add all customization snippets that are not theme dependent.

When working on your website, you will often find WordPress tutorials asking you to add code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

WordPress doesn’t come with a site-specific plugin. You will need to create your own and then install and activate it.

Why Create a Site-Specific WordPress Plugin?

As we mentioned earlier, you will often come across tutorials showing some code that you can add to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

These custom codes can be used to add new post types, taxonomies, shortcodes, and tons of hacks to improve your website.

If you add the custom code to your theme’s functions file, then it will disappear if you update or switch your theme.

You can create a child theme and use the child theme’s functions file to save your code. However, your code will still disappear if you switch themes.

A site-specific WordPress plugin allows you to easily add custom code snippets to your WordPress website and make sure they are theme-independent. It is a standalone WordPress plugin, which means it doesn’t depend on your theme, and you are free to update or switch your theme.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily add custom code using a site-specific plugin. We will show you two ways to do that, and you can choose the method that works best for you (hint: Method #2 is easier for beginners).

Method 1: Manually Create a Site-Specific WordPress Plugin

We know this may sound a bit geeky to beginners, but we will try to make it as simple as possible for you.

First, you need to create a new folder on your desktop and name it after your website. For example: mywebsite-plugin.

Creating your site-specific plugin folder

Now, open a plain text editor on your computer like Notepad or TextEdit.

You need to create a new file and save it as mywebsite-plugin.php in the plugin folder on your desktop.

Creating the plugin file for your site-specific plugin

Your plugin file needs a specific header code so that WordPress can recognize it as a plugin. Go ahead and add the following code to your mywebsite-plugin.php file:

Plugin Name: Site Plugin for
Description: Site specific code changes for
/* Start Adding Functions Below this Line */

/* Stop Adding Functions Below this Line */

You can replace with your own domain name. Once you do that, your site-specific plugin is ready.

There are two ways to upload your site-specific plugin to your website. You can either upload it via your WordPress admin panel or use FTP.

1. Install Site-Specific Plugin From WordPress Admin Area (Recommended)

This method is easier and recommended for all users.

First, you need to create a zip file of your site-specific plugin folder.

Windows users can simply right-click on the plugin folder and select Send to » Compressed (zip) folder.

Creating zip file in Windows

Mac users need to right-click.

Then, select “Compress mywebsite-plugin”.

Creating a zip folder on Mac

Once you have the plugin’s zip file, go to the Plugins » Add New page in your WordPress admin area.

Then click on the ‘Upload Plugin’ button on the top.

upload plugin

Next, click on the ‘Choose File’ button to select the zip file you created earlier, and then click on the ‘Install Now’ button.

WordPress will now upload and install the plugin for you. Once it’s uploaded, you need to click on the ‘Activate Plugin’ button to start using your site-specific plugin.

Activate plugin

2. Upload Your Site-Specific WordPress Plugin via FTP

For this method, you don’t need to create a zip file. You will be uploading the plugin via FTP.

First, you will need to connect to your website using an FTP client.

Once connected, go to /wp-content/plugins/ folder under the remote site column. Next, you need to select your site-specific plugin folder and upload it to your website.

Uploading plugin via FTP

Your FTP client will now transfer your site-specific plugin folder to your WordPress website. This will install the plugin on your website.

However, you will still need to activate the plugin to start using it. You can do this by going to the ‘Plugins’ page inside your WordPress admin area and then clicking on the ‘Activate’ link below your site-specific plugin.

Activate plugin

That’s all. Your site-specific plugin is now ready to be used.

Adding Custom Code Snippets to Your Site-Specific Plugin

There are two ways to edit your plugin and add custom code snippets to it.

The first method is to do it via the WordPress admin area. You can go to the Plugins » Editor page.

You will see a warning message, and you need to click on the ‘I understand’ button to continue. Alternatively, if you want a safer way to edit the files, then skip to the second method below.

Heads up warning in the plugin editor tool

Next, you need to select your site-specific plugin from the drop-down menu labeled ‘Select plugin to edit.’

The editor will load your plugin file, and you will be able to add code snippets to it.

Select a plugin to edit in the plugin file editor tool

Once you are done, click the ‘Update File’ button to save your changes.

If there is something missing in your code or it has the potential to break your website, then the plugin editor will automatically undo your changes.

However, if the editor fails, and you see the white screen of death, then you can use FTP to edit your plugin file and undo those changes.

The second method is to directly edit the plugin file using FTP. Simply go to the plugin folder using your FTP client. Right-click on the plugin file and then select ‘View/Edit’.

Editing plugin file via FTP

You can also download the plugin file to your computer, edit it, and then upload it back.

Method 2: Adding Custom Code Using WPCode (Recommended)

This method is a lot simpler and gives you a better way to manage your individual code snippets in WordPress using WPCode.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the free WPCode plugin on your website. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu item labeled ‘Code Snippets’ to your WordPress admin menu. Clicking on it will bring you to a page where you can manage all your custom codes.

To add your first code snippet, click the ‘Add New’ button.

Click the Add New Button to Add Your First Custom Code Snippet in WordPress

This will bring you to the ‘Add Snippet’ page. Here, you can choose a code snippet from the pre-made library or add your custom code.

To add custom code, navigate to the ‘Add Your Custom Code (New Snippet)’ option and click the ‘Use snippet’ button.

Add your new custom code snippet in WPCode

Now, you can enter a title for your custom code snippet. This could be anything that helps you identify the code.

After that, you can go ahead and paste your code snippet into the code box. You also need to select the ‘PHP Snippet’ type from the ‘Code Type’ dropdown list on the right.

Adding custom code

You can also add notes for the code in the ‘Basic info’ section.

You should use this area to write down what this code does, where you found it, and why you are adding it to your website. This will help the “future you” remember why the “past you” added this code.

Add notes and tags to identify and organize your code snippets

You also have the option to assign tags to your code snippets, which can help organize code snippets by topic and functionality.

The plugin also allows you to select how you want to run the code snippet. In the ‘Insertion’ section, you can select the ‘Auto Insert’ method to automatically insert and execute the code on your site.

You can choose from the admin area, front-end, or everywhere options. If you are unsure, then keep the default ‘Run Everywhere’ option.

Pick the insertion method for your custom code snippet

Or, you can choose the ‘Shortcode’ method. With this method, the snippet is not automatically inserted. Once you save the snippet, you will get a shortcode that you can manually insert anywhere on your site.

You can also use the ‘Smart Conditional Logic’ section to either show or hide auto-inserted snippets based on a set of rules.

Use smart conditional logic to decide when snippets should load

For example, you can load code snippets for logged-in users only, load PHP code snippets only on specific page URLs, show code snippets based on the type of page, and more.

Finally, you can toggle the switch from ‘Inactive’ to ‘Active’ and then click on the ‘Save Snippet’ button.

Save and activate your custom code snippet

If you want to save the code snippet without activating it, then you can click on the ‘Save Snippet’ button only.

Once you have saved and activated a code snippet, it will become automatically effective on your website if that’s the insertion method you chose.

For more details, see our guide on how to easily add custom code snippets in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you learn why and how to create a site-specific WordPress plugin. You may also want to see our list of useful functions file tips and the most wanted WordPress hacks to best use your site-specific plugin.

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  2. BSubra says

    Is it possible to add code snippets like Google Analytics Code, Adsense code in Site Specific Pliugin. Or only possible to add codes we generally put in functions.php file.

    I mean, is it possible to add codes in site-specific plugin what we generally put in Header.php file.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You can do that if you would like, you can also use the insert headers and footers plugin.


  3. Bola Oussou says

    Thanks for this tuto
    however is there a way to make this plugging(not to be visible) not in plugging list and also in a specific folder (not wp-content folder) ?


    • Tor-Bjorn Fjellner says

      Actually yes, there is:
      Instead of placing the plugin in …/wp-content/plugins/ you put it in …/wp-content/mu-plugins/ (You may have to create that directory, if it’s not there yet.

      Plugins that are placed in mu-plugins are ALWAYS run, so the only way to deactivate a MU plugin (MU currently is construed as “must use”) is to delete it (or remain the directly mu-plugins to something else…).

  4. Judith says

    Hi I tried to do the Site-specific plugin, but it is not working, I get this message “The package could not be installed. No valid plugins were found.

    Plugin installation failed.”
    What do I do?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hi Judith,

      This usually means that the plugin header information is incorrect. You can try again and make sure that your plugin header is exactly in the format displayed in the tutorial.


      • Jonathan Manheim says

        I get this same error. I have tried maybe 10 times. Uploaded through admin and on FTP. Cannot get it to upload. I am using TextEditor to paste the code. Notice several things you don’t mention in the post that I wonder could be an issue. First, won’t let me save the file as .php. I have to save it as .php.rtf OR .rtf then go back and rename the file after it is saved.
        Second, not sure what you mean by making sure the format for the plugin header is exactly the same. Should the line number be in there? If so, I can’t get that to work. If I copy and paste with the line numbers, the green vertical line doesn’t show up and there is no space between the line numbers and the code. Or am I supposed to just copy the code (without the line numbers)? Either way, I’ve tried everything I can with my current Textedit application and it will not work.
        Any ideas? I can send you screen shots of exactly what I have if you would like

        • WPBeginner Support says

          Hi Jonathan,

          You will need to save file as .php. Please use a different text editor on Windows you can use Notepad or download Notepad++. On Mac, you can use TextEdit or download and install TextWrangler.

          You don’t need to copy and paste line numbers.

        • Kacper says

          In my case the issue was that the file had Unicode encoding. Changing it to ANSI fixed the issue.

  5. Ikram says

    Good day!
    Would like to know how to set a white paper in my blog post article to download it with add email address from the visitor.
    Thanks, Ikram

  6. Alain Fradette says

    Great info! Thanks so much. I have been using WordPress for years and this little gem made it so much easier!

  7. Abhijeet says

    I have edited some code in Style.css . Will it be overwritten if i update a theme?
    is it possible to create style css file in this site specific plugin?

  8. dave says

    White screen on publishing pages.
    The code works to show child pages on a parent page using the shortcode however I am getting white screen. Anyone know why?

  9. Tommy says

    The plugin generated 3 characters of unexpected output during activation. If you notice “headers already sent” messages, problems with syndication feeds or other issues, try deactivating or removing this plugin.

  10. Saurin says

    I believe best approach to add custom code to site is child theme. No matter if we need to customize theme or not. I mad a practice to always use child theme even if there is no customization. This habit saved my time & effort many times. I dont think it is good to create extra plugin for such customization.

    I believe in minimum use of plugin no matter how simple you created one.

  11. Jason says

    Which is better, site-specific plugin or Child Theme? or both?

    I need to create a custom post type to add some major functionality to my site so is the plugin better or the child theme and its functions.php?


    • Josh says

      The thing is, is that you’re creating the plug-in yourself, using the functions the same exact way. So the answer to your question would be that neither is better, because you should be using them WITH each other.

  12. Vickey says

    How would I create a create a new plugin directory in Azure? I have WordPress running on Azure using MS SQL Server, which I activated using Project NAMI.

  13. vishal says

    not working on multisite with publisher theme can you help me this is my site and also tell me how can i remove featured image inside the post not from front page latest post

  14. Nadia Khan says

    Hi there,
    You WP Beginners are rock. and I want to thank you for your Struggles for us.
    Now come to the point. I have installed an theme and in that theme, there is an function that is showing wp toolbar for guests, I have tried so many times to find this function in theme files to remove this, but i can’t. So please help me to remove that toolbar, that is showing to every visitor with wordpress logo and wordpress’s own link to their website. Screen Shot is attached.

  15. Manuel says

    Does something like this work for plugins too? Im finding that I am making a few changes to plugins that I add to my site….many times deleting certain lines of code I dont want. I’m assuming that after I update that plugin, all my changes will be erased. How can I avoid this?

  16. Elizabeth says

    Hi, thanks for the post. I’m getting an error when I activate the plugin for some reason:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘*’, expecting identifier (T_STRING) on line 9

    Any ideas what I’ve done wrong?


    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hi Elizabeth,

      There is an unexpected asterisk sign in the code on line 9 which is blocking the php script. Edit the file again and copy the code exactly as it is shown above. Make sure that you don’t copy line numbers in the code click on the Copy button at the top right corner of the code snippet box



  17. Steven Denger says

    I tried naming the new folder as you did in the example but I got an error that said something in the way of you cannot use a name like this. This Instruction may be helpful to some – but it is very difficult and confusing to me and does not help at all. As I said – you need to explain this down to the fine details or otherwise these tutorals will not help. The name of this site is wp BEGINNER – and that is what I am. You project these tutorals to the more experienced.

    I guess I will have to start going elswhere to get beginners instructiions because, most of time, wp beginner is not helpful – it is more like a techs only club.

  18. Steven Denger says

    How do you get to the /wp-content/plugins/yoursitename-plugin/ in wordpress and upload a file there? I am lost on the first line of instruction. You guys always assume that we know these things in your instructions but they are not clear enough.

    I went to cpanel and opened up the wpcontent > plugins – and it shows a list of plugins – but I am lost from this point. How do I go about uploading a file in here? I am a beginner – and you guys seem to always explain things like your instructing experienced techs. I am not but I go to WP Beginner to try to learn. It is usually difficult to follow your instructions and I end up having to go somewhere else in google search to find things explained down to a beginners level.
    If you want to be more helpful try breaking things down a little more simple.

    • Manuel says

      Hey Steven,

      I know the feeling! I’m far from a expert with wordpress and I pretty much live on google searches and this site trying to learn. I know a little bit and was able to get this to work. Send me your email and I’ll send you the steps with screenshots. I havent tested putting actual code into the plugin so we’ll see if that works….but I was able to see the newly created plugin on my admin page

  19. JoAnn Chateau says

    Thank you for the great advice and simple how-to instructions. I easily created a Site-Specific WordPress Plugin for my site and enabled shortcodes for widgets. Now I have less worry when changing themes, and I didn’t need to install another plugin. Again, thanks!

  20. george says

    hi i followed the instruction on how to make a site plugin for my site. ive uploaded it but cant see it in my list of plugins.

    any ideas why?

  21. Dawn says

    I cannot find where the folders live in the plug in directory. I tried searching for: /wp-content/plugins/yoursitename-plugin/ (with my site name).

  22. Kara says

    Never mind, I figured it out and got it activated. My hosting server was acting up, must have timed out or something…cheers!

  23. Kara says

    I followed your instructions but i don’t know how to activate it. It doesn’t show in my list of plugind in my wp-admin. Can you help?

  24. Stephanie says

    I’m getting the same error as Sonya above. Does anyone have a fix?

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_LNUMBER in /home/statisu0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/statisticshowto-plugin/ on line 10

  25. Susan says

    Hi again. I’ve been reading through all of the comments above and, while some show your answer and resolution to the problem, many don’t. So it’s hard for me to learn from how others resolved their problems! Anyway, here’s what I’m wondering: if by following the instructions in this post to create a folder within my “plugins” folder, how will I be able to see my new site-specific plugin file?
    For example, I followed the instructions to create a folder called susansinthegarden-plugin. Then I put my plugin code in a file called susansinthegarden-plugin.php. I can’t see the plugin when I go to plugins on my dashboard.
    Is this because the new plugin text file exists in a sub-folder under “plugins”? I can’t figure out what I’m missing but really need to resolve this. Is there anyone out there who can help me? Thanks so much!

        • WPBeginner Support says

          Hey Emy,

          The plugin header is the part that tells WordPress that this file should be treated as a plugin. It also tells WordPress the name of the plugin, version, and other information.

          In the code shown above, the header part begins right after the first line and ends at line 5. It contains plugin’s title and description.

    • Susan says

      OK, I resolved my program. Not being a code-writer, I didn’t realize that there was a separate header to wrap around the code I was borrowing. Duh. Thanks for your help.

  26. Susan says

    I followed your instructions to create a folder under wp-content/plugins etc. and put the file containing the code into that folder but I can’t see my new plugin when I go to my dashboard and look under plugins. Did I miss a step? Thanks in advance for your help!

  27. Edgar Ramirez says


    I created the directory and the php file but i cannot see the plugin at all

    Open a blank file and save it as “yoursitename-plugin.php”

    dont see it on the dashboard plugin list and neither in the Plugin>editor

    Can you please help me

  28. Sonia Lacasse says

    When I try to activate the plugin, I get the following error message:

    Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.
    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ’06’ (T_LNUMBER) in /var/www/domain/wp-content/plugins/ETK-PLUGIN/ETK-PLUGIN.php on line 10

    Can you please help?


  29. Catherine Argyros says

    hi there, when i put this in the directory

    I received this error message

    The plugin generated 2 characters of unexpected output during activation. If you notice “headers already sent” messages, problems with syndication feeds or other issues, try deactivating or removing this plugin.

    but my plug in is activated….. please help me understand what is going on?
    thank you

  30. xin a day says

    “All you have to do is create a new folder in the plugins directory. Example: /wp-content/plugins/yoursitename-plugin/
    Open a blank file and save it as “yoursitename-plugin.php”
    Put the following code in the file:”

    i hv few question on these .

    1. i can’t create a folder onthe plugin directory.
    2. where to open a blank file ?
    3. the plugin diretory cant install that file.

    thank you

  31. Alan Shapiro says

    This is a really useful post–thank you! Perhaps someone else asked this and I just missed it in all the comments, but: will a site-specific plugin override a function that is in the theme’s functions.php? For instance, if there is a “remove_action” in the functions.php, will the same “add_action” in the plugin take precedence?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Both functions.php file and site-specific plugin are treated as plugins. Functions.php file loads after plugins but they do not have precedence over eachother. This is why using the same function in both files can cause unexpected results. The best way to override pluggable code is by using hooks and filters.


  32. Robert Masters says

    I’m building a plugin at the moment for a multisite network and I need certain functionality available only in specific sites, so this is a perfect article for me right now.
    I have one question though… do I name the site plugin folder for a site that is created as a subdomain? Example: would it be subdomain-mainsite-plugin or just subdomain-plugin?
    Hope this makes sense, question based on your tutorial.

  33. hans says

    very good. when you create a second instance don’t forget do give the “register and load” function an own name, like i did ;)

  34. Jide says

    Nice one there. Kindly update the post to inform readers that after activating the plugin, they will have to click on the “edit” link on the plugins page, to add their codes.

    Most newbies might not know this…

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Actually we do not recommend editing plugins and themes from WordPress admin area. Instead, we would recommend editing your plugins in a text editor via FTP client. This way in case of an error you would be able to quickly fix it without losing access to admin area for too long.


  35. Mark Holland says

    Thank you thank you thank you!! This has solved an issue that’s been puzzling me for weeks – and now solved in less than 1 minute.

    Can’t express how grateful I am for you sharing your knowledge – thanks again!

  36. Luca says

    Thank you for the advice! But now I’m confused: what’s the difference between this method and the plugin “Code Snippet”? Is the result the same? Or do they accomplish the same thing in a different way?

  37. Malcolm says

    Three years later this post is still giving – It’s changed the way I think about customising wordpress – Thank you!

    I tried this today and created a a site-specific-plugin with code to hide the wordpress menu bar for non-admins, and to add my latest post to a ‘Current issue’ menu item. Both worked perfectly.

    But the third snippet I added to the plugin failed to work. When I copied the code to the child theme’s functions.php it worked as expected.

    Can you explain why this would happen?

    I’m trying to modify the effect of the plugin “Restricted Site Access” by allowing access to more than a single page. The code I tried in my site specific plugin and the functions.php was:

    add_filter( ‘restricted_site_access_is_restricted’, ‘my_restricted_check’ );
    function my_restricted_check( $is_restricted ) {
    global $wp;
    if (
    $wp->query_vars[‘pagename’] == ‘contact’ ||
    $wp->query_vars[‘pagename’] == ‘subscribe’ ||
    $wp->query_vars[‘name’] == ‘aplr-2013-volume-21-number-2’
    $is_restricted = false;

    return $is_restricted;

    Any advice or comment would be welcome. I’m confused!

  38. harklord says

    after trying this. My site is opening blank… Please help.. Av tried deleting the files i created but still blank

    • Mohammed Amine says

      Fixed, actually it is necessary to add that php comment in the php file, or else it wont appear on the admin panel.
      That php comment is used to show the discription of the plugin in the admin panel.

  39. Paolo Bergomi says

    This is Paolo, i am building my website and theme with WP last edition 4.1.1.
    i Am trying to learn custom type fields and I found your website very useful. i hav ea issue, though: even if following this post i created the folder my theme plugin and with the related file .php you mentioned here, for the site specific plugin, copy all in localhost using WAMP server. i opened then my dashboard, went to plugins but my new plugin dont appear. what is going on? did i miss anything? thanks

  40. WPBeginner Staff says

    You can try and fit your modifications in site-specific plugin by using filters. However, since you had to edit specific files we doubt that all your edits can be implemented in a site-specific plugin using filters. In that case you should make those changes into a child theme. All your custom CSS should also go into your child theme’s stylesheet. You can also use your site-specific plugin to enqueue a custom stylesheet.

  41. Bas van der Linden says

    Hmm, looks like my last post went missing while registering for this annoying disqus plugin.

    At first I’d like to thank you for sharing this information.

    Secondly I do have several questions regarding this post.

    1) Is it possible to also make site specific plugins for other .php’s where I’ve added some codes?
    Such as front-page.php post-page.php and post-archives.php

    2) Is it possible to do something like this for .css codes?
    I run genesis as framework(Parent theme) and a child-theme that I’ve downloaded.
    Now since there are no grand-child theme’s in wordpress I’ve made my alterations in the child-theme’s folder

    This includes a lot of different .css edits, Is there a way to make site specific .css files/plugins like this, so I can maintain the origional child-theme (and perform an update if any updates are released)?

    3) When I create a site-specific plugin to change the footer and activate it, I will see both the origional footer and my own footer on the site.
    Is there a way to go around this?

    My plugin looks like this:

    Once again thank you for sharing this information on site-specific plugins, and I hope to hear soon from you guys.

  42. Chelsey says

    Thank you for your patience… I’m still trying to figure out how to ‘create a new folder to plugins directory’ :-)

    • Rodney Lacambra says

      Hi Chelsey. Consider this guide:

      Go to “File Manager”. It will take you to “/public_html” directory. Click on “wp-content >> plugins” . This is where you will “create” a folder called “yoursitename-plugin”. After that, create a file using some text editor(notepad++), paste the code given above and save the file as “yoursitename-plugin.php”. Upload it to “yoursitename-plugin” folder and activate it in your wordpress admin area. Easy as that!

      Hope it helps you a lot.


      • Benjamin Mukasa says

        This is a great post. I followed the instructions but the plugin is not appearing in my plugin list.

        • Paolo Bergomi says

          me same..where did we make wrong? thanks in advance for any tips to solve this

  43. WPBeginner Staff says

    Your code seems to be correct. Here is what you can do:

    Make sure you have saved the plugin file in the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.

    Make sure that your plugin file name is correct. We recommend using yoursitename.php format. For example if your domain name is black-circles then your plugin file name should be black-circles.php

    • SteveMTNO says

      I originally had the plugin file (bc-plugin.php) in its own directory called blackcircles/wp-content/plugins/bc-plugins. That didn’t work.

      Then I tried moving the bc-plugin.php file from that folder to the blackcircles/wp-content/plugins folder. Still doesn’t show up in my admin panel.

      Do I have to “enable” it first before it shows up or something?


      • WPBeginner Staff says

        If the file is correctly placed in your plugins folder then you will see it in your WordPress admin area under Plugins. If you see your plugin there, then you will have to click on the activate link below the file to activate the plugin.

        Did you try renaming the file to something else?

        • SteveMTNO says

          Tried renaming it 3 times – none of them show up….

          I must be doing something wrong (or not doing something that I should be doing)…

        • SteveMTNO says

          So can I use this one site-specific plugin for multiple functions, or is it best to do something similar to this for each one?

    • Michael Cuomo says

      I’m having a similar issue with mine. I’ve created a site specific plugin to create a custom content type, but the custom content type is not showing up in my admin panel underneath pages like it should.

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