Adopting an orphan plugin

Stepping forward to take care of an abandoned plugin

For a variety of reasons, plugins sometimes get abandoned by their creators. It could be that the original author has retired, moved on to other work, or sometimes even passed away.

Community members with development and debugging skills are urged to consider picking up support for plugins that have been abandoned.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do not remove anyone else’s copyright or authorship claims. You are welcome to add yourself, but don’t take anything away.
  • Do not claim original authorship if you aren’t the original author. Make it clear that you’re building on someone else’s work.
  • Make an effort to reach out to the original author to be sure the work has been abandoned. It could be that the author just doesn’t think more work is needed.
  • Follow the migration guides to bring the plugin up to the current level of PHP.

Still have questions? Use the Search box in the upper right, or try the full list of FAQs. If you can't find it there, head over to the Zen Cart support forum and ask there in the appropriate subforum. In your post, please include your Zen Cart and PHP versions, and a link to your site.

Is there an error or omission on this page? Please post to General Questions on the support forum. Or, if you'd like to open a pull request, just review the guidelines and get started. You can even PR right here.
Last modified May 29, 2022 by Scott C Wilson (c925025).