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wp_dashboard_plugins_output() WP 2.5.0

Deprecated in 4.8.0. It is no longer supported and can be removed in future releases. It is recommended to replace this function with the same one.

Display plugins text for the WordPress news widget.

No Hooks.

Return

Nothing (null).

Usage

wp_dashboard_plugins_output( $rss, $args );
$rss(string) (required)
The RSS feed URL.
$args(array)
Array of arguments for this RSS feed.
Default: array()

Code of wp dashboard plugins output: wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php VER 5.0.3

<?php
function wp_dashboard_plugins_output( $rss, $args = array() ) {
	_deprecated_function( __FUNCTION__, '4.8.0' );

	// Plugin feeds plus link to install them
	$popular = fetch_feed( $args['url']['popular'] );

	if ( false === $plugin_slugs = get_transient( 'plugin_slugs' ) ) {
		$plugin_slugs = array_keys( get_plugins() );
		set_transient( 'plugin_slugs', $plugin_slugs, DAY_IN_SECONDS );
	}

	echo '<ul>';

	foreach ( array( $popular ) as $feed ) {
		if ( is_wp_error( $feed ) || ! $feed->get_item_quantity() )
			continue;

		$items = $feed->get_items(0, 5);

		// Pick a random, non-installed plugin
		while ( true ) {
			// Abort this foreach loop iteration if there's no plugins left of this type
			if ( 0 == count($items) )
				continue 2;

			$item_key = array_rand($items);
			$item = $items[$item_key];

			list($link, $frag) = explode( '#', $item->get_link() );

			$link = esc_url($link);
			if ( preg_match( '|/([^/]+?)/?$|', $link, $matches ) )
				$slug = $matches[1];
			else {
				unset( $items[$item_key] );
				continue;
			}

			// Is this random plugin's slug already installed? If so, try again.
			reset( $plugin_slugs );
			foreach ( $plugin_slugs as $plugin_slug ) {
				if ( $slug == substr( $plugin_slug, 0, strlen( $slug ) ) ) {
					unset( $items[$item_key] );
					continue 2;
				}
			}

			// If we get to this point, then the random plugin isn't installed and we can stop the while().
			break;
		}

		// Eliminate some common badly formed plugin descriptions
		while ( ( null !== $item_key = array_rand($items) ) && false !== strpos( $items[$item_key]->get_description(), 'Plugin Name:' ) )
			unset($items[$item_key]);

		if ( !isset($items[$item_key]) )
			continue;

		$raw_title = $item->get_title();

		$ilink = wp_nonce_url('plugin-install.php?tab=plugin-information&plugin=' . $slug, 'install-plugin_' . $slug) . '&amp;TB_iframe=true&amp;width=600&amp;height=800';
		echo '<li class="dashboard-news-plugin"><span>' . __( 'Popular Plugin' ) . ':</span> ' . esc_html( $raw_title ) .
			'&nbsp;<a href="' . $ilink . '" class="thickbox open-plugin-details-modal" aria-label="' .
			/* translators: %s: plugin name */
			esc_attr( sprintf( __( 'Install %s' ), $raw_title ) ) . '">(' . __( 'Install' ) . ')</a></li>';

		$feed->__destruct();
		unset( $feed );
	}

	echo '</ul>';
}