Sophie Sophie - 2 months ago 12
PHP Question

Need to activate a plugin for a wordpress site through the php files

I was going to update the ecommerce plugin (Shopp) on my wordpress site and it asked me to deactivate it. once I did that I lost the entire site.
I am trying to activate the plugin through the php files, but not sure what I am doing and would like some help.
Does anyone know how I can activate the Shopp plugin (or any plugin for that matter) on my site through the php files?

This is the code I'm using to get the string:

$unserialized = unserialize('a:14:{i:0;s:19:"akismet/akismet.php";i:1;s:37:"breadcrumbs-plus/breadcrumbs-plus.php";i:2;s:35:"googleanalytics/googleanalytics.php";i:3;s:45:"grunion-contact-form/grunion-contact-form.php";i:4;s:43:"image-caption-links/image-caption-links.php";i:5;s:29:"image-widget/image-widget.php";i:6;s:13:"rate/rate.php";i:7;s:33:"restore-jquery/restore-jquery.php";i:8;s:41:"shopp-cache-helper/shopp-cache-helper.php";i:9;s:47:"shopp-default-breadcrumb-extender-sdbe/sdbe.php";i:10;s:33:"shopp-improved/shopp-improved.php";i:11;s:19:"shuffle/shuffle.php";i:12;s:19:"vslider/vslider.php";i:13;s:41:"wordpress-importer/wordpress-importer.php";}');
array_push($unserialized, 'shopp/shopp.php');
$serialized = serialize($unserialize);
echo $serialized;


The active plugins are not stored in a PHP file. It's stored in the database. Open the wp_options table in the database. Look for a row in which the value of the option_name field is active_plugins. In this row, look for the value of option_value. You'll see a serialized string containing the information of the active plugins.

Now, it might be a little bit confusing to edit the string straight away especially if you're not familiar how serialized strings are formatted. So, I suggest you copy the string and use PHP unserialize() function on it, which will then return an array. After that, use array_push() to add another element in which the value is the path to the plugins file (e.g. "akismet/akismet.php", in your case it might be "shopp/shopp.php"). Once you've add another element, use serialize() and copy the returned string and replace the old serialized string in the database.

$unserialized = unserialize('...');
array_push($unserialized, 'shopp/shopp.php');
$serialized = serialize($unserialized);
echo $serialized; // Copy this output back into the database