What are BlueConic plugins?

With plugins you can extend the functionality of BlueConic. BlueConic offers pluggable options in many areas, allowing you to customize BlueConic to your needs. BlueConic has a range of standard and certified plugins that are offered in the Plugins gallery.

As a developer, you can also develop and deploy your own custom plugins. For tutorials on developing your own custom plugins, see Getting Started.


Adding a plugin

You can add a plugin by clicking the "add/update plugins button. This will open a lightbox with three options to add a new plugin:

The plugin gallery

The plugin gallery contains all available BlueConic standard plugins as well as BlueConic certified plugins. You can filter the gallery by searching for a specific name, or by selecting a category.
Plugins that are not installed contain a "Add plugin" button. By clicking this button, the plugin is automatically installed.

Upload ZIP File

Besides the standard or certified plugins, it is also possible to add custom built plugins to the system. These can be uploaded as a zip-file. To learn more about creating custom plugins, look in: Packaging a BlueConic plugin.

Register External URL

Another option to install a custom plugin is to host it on a webserver and register the URL where this plugin is hosted. To learn more about creating custom plugins, look in: Packaging a BlueConic plugin.


Updating a plugin

Plugins are actively being maintained and the Gallery will automatically keep an eye on this. Select the "Updates" search filter to see all plugins that have a newer version available.

Click the [Update Plugin] button to install the update.


Organizing and managing plugins

On the left hand side of the screen you find the navigation widget. This widget displays plugins that are configured in your BlueConic environment.
By using the different view options, you can configure this widget to display the plugins of your choice. See "Object Navigation" for an overview of all available options.


Plugin details

When you have selected a plugin in the navigation widget, the following details are shown in the center of your screen:

PropertyDescription
ID The internal identifier for the plugin.
Type The type of plugin. The possible types are "action", "listener", "insight", "globallistener", "connection", "toolbar" and "parameter".
Version The version number of the plugin. Next to the version of the plugin you will find an icon representing the support level on the plugin:
Standard plugin: Official product plugin, full support.
Certified plugin: Certified by BlueConic, best effort support.
Custom plugin: Can be any source. Supported by the developer of the plugin.
SSL Support Specifies whether the plugin supports SSL.
URL Specifies the URL where the plugin is installed. If the plugin was added from a ZIP file, the relative path to it is shown..
index URL Specifies the URL of the index file. The index file also contains references to other versions of the plugin
Added through ZIP file If the plugin was added through a ZIP file, a download to this ZIP file is offered here

 


Deleting a plugin

If you click on the dropdown of the save-button, you get the option "Delete". Choosing this option will delete the current plugin.

 


Related items

In the right hand sidebar, the "related items"-widget is displayed. It shows the other objects in BlueConic that are directly related to the selected plugin.
Plugins can have the following types of related items:

  • Profile properties: The profile properties that are defined by this plugin.
  • Action: Shows the interactions and variants that are based on this plugin.
  • Dashboards: The dashboards on which insights are used that are based on this plugin
  • Listeners: Shows the listeners that are based on this plugin.
  • Connections: Shows the connections that are based on this plugin.