Many of our articles and code recipes include instructions on how to “customize and add this code to a plugin for customizations”. In addition, our support team may provide you with customizations to add to your site via this method.

This tutorial explains how to create and edit a custom plugin for all of your tweaks to the theme.


But can’t I just edit my theme?

We strongly recommend using the customization plugin method for a variety of reasons. To be clear, the file functions.php within Memberlite or your child theme (if applicable) performs like a plugin in that it can execute php code. While adding code to your active theme’s functions.php file is often quicker than building a plugin, the downside is that as we update Memberlite, you’ll lose the custom functionality that was added. Code in a plugin will persist.

In addition, the use of a customizations plugin helps your developers and our support team know exactly WHERE the custom code is located as it relates to your Memberlite setup.


First, figure out how to FTP into your Website

Your web host should have provided you with FTP or SFTP credentials. To properly log in to your web server you will need the:

  • FTP (or SFTP) address
  • Username
  • Password
  • (possibly) a port number and root directory

If you don’t know how to use FTP, this guide on the WordPress Codex provides some background on FTP and options for FTP clients, you can also refer to your web host’s FAQs and guides.


Creating Your Customizations Plugin

  1. Create a folder called memberlite-customizations in the wp-content/plugins folder of your site.
  2. Create a file called memberlite-customizations.php in the folder you just created.
  3. Edit the memberlite-customizations.php file and paste this block of code into the file:

  4. Save the file.
  5. Upload the plugin via FTP to your website.
  6. Activate the plugin via the Plugins page of your WordPress Admin.

Editing Your Customizations Plugin

  1. Connect to your web server via FTP.
  2. Navigate to the /wp-content/plugins/memberlite-customizations/ folder.
  3. Download the latest copy of the memberlite-customizations.php file.
  4. Open the file in your preferred editor.
  5. Add the code for the recipe or code shared via your support forum thread at the bottom of memberlite-customizations.php.
  6. Save the File and upload the folder and file to your website via FTP.

This Makes Me Nervous.

We understand that you may not be completely comfortable working “in the code”. Our support team can put minor code tweaks in place for you if you share FTP information in a private thread.

If you are updating the customizations on your own and an update to the customizations plugin completely breaks your site, don’t fret.

These steps should repair your site:

  1. Connect to your website via FTP and navigate to the wp-content/plugins folder.
  2. Rename the folder memberlite-customizations to anything else (I generally rename it to memberlite-customizations-off.
  3. Now, visit your site. WordPress will automatically deactivate the plugin and, in doing do, your site should be restored.
  4. You can then repair any broken code in the file and rename the folder to the original memberlite-customizations.
  5. Upload the updated file and reactivate the plugin via the ‘Plugins’ dashboard page.

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