Disallowed Plugins in WPEngine — Detecting & Removing

WPEngine is a great hosting solution for Wordpress websites. Because they offer a self-contained and secure hosting environment, one restriction is that there are a number of plugins that they will not allow on Wordpress installations. It’s handy to have a quick way to detect them.

Note: this plugin is ideally used in development environments, where you may be transferring a site to WPEngine after it’s built, and need to make sure that you haven’t included any of the disallowed plugins.

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This is a lightweight plugin that will scan your current plugin directory and determine if you are currently running any plugins that will need to be disabled and removed prior to transferring your Wordpress installation over to WPEngine.

WPEngine itself is reasonably lenient on this. If they detect any of these plugins in your installation, they’ll give you a 7 day notice period before deleting them, but it’s always nice to make sure that you’ve got everything in hand prior to a site transfer.

Installation & Setup

This plugin contains the list of disallowed plugins as of 5th Dec 2017. WPEngine may update or add to this list at any time, so it’s worth checking the list at WPEngine’s support site.

You can upload the plugin either by using the Upload function in the Plugins menu in the Wordpress admin dashboard, or copy the folder within the .zip file straight into your /plugins folder, then manually activate the plugin via the Plugins menu.

Copy the text in the grey box under “Complete List” into disallowed-list to update the plugin’s list of plugins to check for, if you want to ensure you’re running against the newest list.