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  • How to Disable plugin deactivation for specific plugins


    Adding this snippet to the functions.php of your wordpress theme will enable you to remove the deactivate link from specific plugins. This will help you stop clients from deactivating core plugins while still providing access.

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    wordpress snippet : PHP

    add_filter( 'plugin_action_links', 'slt_lock_plugins', 10, 4 );
    function slt_lock_plugins( $actions, $plugin_file, $plugin_data, $context ) {
        // Remove edit link for all
        if ( array_key_exists( 'edit', $actions ) )
            unset( $actions['edit'] );
        // Remove deactivate link for crucial plugins
        if ( array_key_exists( 'deactivate', $actions ) && in_array( $plugin_file, array(
            unset( $actions['deactivate'] );
        return $actions;

    ( WordPress codex functions, hooks, in this snippet. )

    add_filter, _e, _ex,
  • Robert

    Great snippet, but this still leaves the option to deactivate it via “Bulk Actions”