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sort plugins in wordpress admin

  1. agentfitz
    Member

    With the vast number of wp plugins out there today it needs to be easier to find the good ones. Plugins in the WordPress admin plugin search results table should be sortable on all columns (i.e., by rating, downloads, etc.) to make it easier to find and distinguish between plugins.

    For example, it's important to know at a glance which plugin between several is thoroughly tested, documented, and proven with 50,000 downloads and ratings, versus one that has been around for a couple weeks and only has 6 ratings. Know what I mean?

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  2. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Half-Elf Support Rogue & Mod

    Sadly you can't know at a glance, not even with 50k downloads and ratings. Also, sortability is complicated, since you don't have a database to parse by. But it could be done.

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  3. Synetech
    Member

    12345

    > you don't have a database to parse by

    We don’t need one, you do; and you already have one.

    He is not talking about sorting installed plugins. When you want to add a plugin, you perform a search. The results are unsorted which isn’t very helpful. We need a way of sorting by rating, version, # downloads, timestamp, etc.

    Frankly, I am surprised that the results can’t already be sorted since sorting is an integral part of any list of any kind and is simple enough to implement.

    > Sadly you can't know at a glance, not even with 50k downloads and ratings.

    If you are talking specifically about comparing a 6-rating 100% plugin to a 5000-rating 90%, that’s not what is being asked. He is asking that the results be sortable at all. Then we can figure out the details ourselves, but without any kind of sorting ability, the task becomes infinitely more difficult.

    (I found my way here because I was just trying to find a plugin to do something specific. I entered a search term and got a list of unsorted results. I clicked the Popular link above the search field, thinking that it would sort the results by their popularity, but I ended up on some other page that listed random, unrelated plugins that were “popular”.)

    Posted: 1 year ago #
  4. alajoann
    Member

    Agreed. Searching process for WordPress Plugins needs to be improved.

    1) Please use "Last Updated" instead of "Version".

    While I do remember the current WordPress version, I do not waste limited brain capacity to memorize version numbers of WordPress plugins.

    2) Sort the results by some kind of criteria. Try alphabetical.

    3) Put the old and obsolete plugins into a separate archive database, where they would continue to be accessible to people doing research on out-of-date plugins (for whatever reason).

    The rest of us do not need that information. We do not want out-of-date plugins cluttering our search results.

    Boasting that there are 26,388 WordPress plugins (and counting) is misleading, if 20,000 of them (and counting) are not any good.

    Can't believe this topic was started a year ago! I'm going to start a new one. Maybe people didn't get how this was worded, or something. I can't believe anyone is content with the way the WordPress Extend Plugin Directory works.

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  5. scopieg
    Member

    12345

    I'm glad someone is talking about this.

    I also think it is important to be able to have some kind of plug-in advanced search criteria or at least a way to sort.

    Posted: 7 months ago #

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