Good idea, what can I say...
Good idea, what can I say...
Bump. I'd love to see this part of the WP core, much like the update notifier for Firefox works.
Does anyone know which version of WP this is going to be included within? I must have gone through three updates since I came up with this idea, but still no sign of the functionality coming into the core.
Any sense of a timetable on this one folks?
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we registered an account here to release our plugin and found the idea which is matching with our plugin idea.
Hope that our recently released Plugin WP Plugins Tracker addresses your needs.
This plugin page is http://www.wp-plugins-db.org/wp-plugins-tracker
This uses the Plugin database at wp-plugins-db.org to achive this functinality.
By one click from your admin panel one can findout the new releases of the plugins they are using, we are in the process of updating this database to make it up to date. We are planning to work on the themes part also in the near feature.
I am currently integrating this functionality (based on the wordpress.org plugin repository) into my PlugInstaller plugin which will be released in version 0.2 in the next week. I am currently having some difficulties determining the svn path for some of the plugins but I hope to solve them until the final release.
However, I have released a preview version for public testing at http://henning.imaginemore.de/the-road-to-02/38/ which should be able to automatically update most of the wordpress.org plugins.
I think the main problem with automatic update checking is the diversity of plugin hosting sites. Maybe the readme.txt file specification could be extended to provide a link for update checking that the plugin author may set to her favourite download service.
OK, for now a basic update mechanism is included in release 0.1.9 of PlugInstaller. It will work with many wordpress.org hosted plugins, I am going to improve the update functionality within the next few days for the 0.2 release.
Download it here and post your comments:
A plugin update facility is easy to implement, but it requires either a file comparer or a text file containing the latest version number. I am in the process of making a plugin that enables other plugin developers to notify their users when a newer version of the plugin is available through a text file hosted on their web server.
It is useful but hard to get popular and thus makes it nearly useless if no plugins have the feature. If it was made compulsory to WordPress plugins, however, it would be extremely useful.
The plugin-updated plugin sounds like a dream fulfilled. It would take about half the fear out of updating my much used but outdated WP2.04 blog--and then I could use some of the great new plugins also!
That sounds like a great idea. I hope it's implemented because I'm sure many people will love this idea.
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