The Sweet Plugin: Health Check


Today’s Sweet Plugin directly relates to the newly released WordPress 3.2. It’s called Health Check, and makes sure that your host is prepared for the new version, which requires PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5. If you aren’t sure that your host (or your friend’s) is ready for the change, this plugin will set your mind at ease.

The video is embedded at the top of this post’s page, with more about the plugin below.

Health Check

Health Check does just what it says: it checks the health of your WordPress host. Once activated it will give you a simple message on your plugins page depending based on your current hosting configuration. If you’re good to go it will tell you. If not, you’ll know pretty quick.

In addition to playing it safe for WordPress 3.2, Health Check is a handy plugin to keep around. In the future it will likely include a whole suite of checks for other things that might affect your WordPress install.

Video recorded with version 0.2.1 of Login Lockdown, running WordPress 3.1.4.

About the author

Peter Westwood is listed as the author of the plugin, though the plugin itself is an initiative of the core WordPress dev team. So hug each of them. Twice.

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2 thoughts on “The Sweet Plugin: Health Check

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Ryan! Health Check is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I always agonize over upgrades, because I’m worried they’ll break my site. I really like that the the WordPress core developer team is behind this plugin. Quality should be top-notch and stay currently maintained.

    When I tested out Health Check, it said my server was okay, even though I was running PHP 5.2.17. In your post, it said WordPress 3.2 requires PHP 5.2.4. Anyway, my upgrade seemed to go well.

    I was blown away at 1:38 when you scrolled down your plugins page. How do you keep track of so many plugins?

    I’m loving these Daily Plugin videos, I’m learning so much. Please keep them coming!

    By the way, I saw your name under “A Community Effort” on the WordPress news blog post announcing WP 3.2. Kudos to you!

  2. Great timing — this past weekend I had to log into my hosting account to check the version of PHP I am running on my site and I added it to my list of To Do’s to look for a plugin that will tell me. Thanks Ryan

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