wp-browser and multisite

Handling network activation of plugins in WordPress integration tests.

A missing piece

The WPLoader module part of wp-browser is a wrapper around WordPress PHPUnit based automated testing suite and as such it inherits its inner workings.
As the underlying suite the module allows tests to run in the context of a multisite installation setting its multisite option to true:

class_name: MuloaderTester
        - \Helper\Muloader
        - WPLoader
            multisite: true
            wpRootFolder: "/Users/Luca/Sites/wordpress"
            dbName: "codeception-tests"
            dbHost: ""
            dbUser: "root"
            dbPassword: "root"
            tablePrefix: "wp_"
            domain: "codeception-tests.dev"
            adminEmail: "[email protected]"
            title: "Codeception WPLoader Blog"
            theme: dummy
            plugins: ['acme-plugin/plugin.php']
            activatePlugins: ['acme-plugin/plugin.php']

In this case any plugin specified in the activatePlugins option would then be network activated.
The missing piece is that, in the context of that activation that it’s happening right after WordPress installation, any check on the is_multisite function would always return false as WordPress installation of a multisite network requires it.

A code example

The below example plugin registers a method to run at the plugin activation and in that method will check for the multisite context to update an option;


 * Plugin Name: Acme Plugin 1
 * Plugin URI: http://theAverageDev.com
 * Description: Acme Plugin 1
 * Version: 1.0
 * Author: theAverageDev
 * Author URI: http://theAverageDev.com
 * License: GPL 2.0
class Acme_Plugin1
    public static function activate()
        if (is_multisite()) {
            update_network_option(null, 'acme-plugin-was', 'mu-activated');
        } else {
            update_option('acme-plugin-was', 'not-mu-activated');

register_activation_hook(__FILE__, [Acme_Plugin1::class, 'activate']);

Given the WPLoader module configuration above this test would, counter-intuitively, fail:

namespace tad\WPBrowser\Tests;

class MuPluginActivationCestTest extends \Codeception\TestCase\WPTestCase
     * @test
     * it should network activate network plugins on mu installation
    public function it_should_network_activate_network_plugins_on_mu_installation()
        $this->assertEquals('mu-activated', get_network_option(null, 'acme-plugin-was'));

The reason being that the particular nature of the WordPress installation and setup process would see the MULTISITE constant set to false hence leading to a false return value for the is_multisite() function.
To get around that the latest version of wp-browser uses some “monkey-patching” based on Patchwork capabilities to make some multisite functions work as expected.

On GitHub

Version 1.19.0 of WPBrowser is available on GitHub.

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