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Blacklisted WordPress Plugins

The Plugin Blacklist plugin is included by default in SlickStack, but is not a required “core” MU plugin.

However, there are certain categories of WP plugins that will still be force-deleted by the ss-clean Bash script in SlickStack for reasons of security and stability. We try to keep this list relatively slim, to avoid overly controlling the stack customization of each team or agency. However, the philosophy of SlickStack in some cases is clear, and we want to establish best practices for the DevOps community at large when it comes to LEMP cloud servers and WordPress. These are the auto removed plugin categories below:

The goal of SlickStack is to reinforce the benefits of open source software, such as portability and integration, and help small businesses avoid plugins that are misleading, insecure, or otherwise cause instability in various forms.

Keep in mind that this blacklist approach is nowhere near fool-proof. Determined developers can find a way to rename and activate plugin folders, classes, and functions, so that our blacklist cannot detect them properly. But well-meaning users who trust our judgement will see a very clear warning in regard to above categories.

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