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Dates on Plugins page to find the dead plugins (10 posts)

  1. animalien
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I found out the other day a plugin I was using had not been updated since 2010. It was causing problems with my WP and when removed, my site sped up. It took a lot of research to find out I had an outdated plugin.

    Is there a way that in plugins you can:

    1. Include the last update date of the plugin
    2. Any plugin that hasn't been updated in a year turns the container orange
    3. Any plugin that hasn't been updated in 2 years turns the container red

    This is especially important in Multi-site.

    Thanks.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Was this plugin downloaded from wordpress.org? If "yes", then update notices will have been displayed in the back end of your site - both in the Plugins area and in Dashboard -> Updates.

  3. animalien
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Sorry. I should have preference this with an idea for a Feature request...

    I don't want update notices. I want to be informed if someone is NOT updating a plugin. If I have a plugin that has not been updated in 2 years, I can quickly identify and see if it needs to be removed.

    Having the "last updated" date on the plugin will also help.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I want to be informed if someone is NOT updating a plugin.

    I don't see that ever being implemented. Not all plugins actually need to be updated every few WP versions or so.

  5. animalien
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Then you've never had to deal with a plugin problem. Especially in multi-site.

    I get that all plugins don't need to be updated when WordPress updates. Having a way to identify age of a plugin or an area that can separate plugins by last update can be a big help. It also will help my quarterly maintenance -figuring out what plugins are still being worked on.

    Another plugin died about a month ago. When I inquired, someone said the creator had died 6 months ago and the plugin hasn't been picked up by anyone else. Therefore, I found an alternative.

    I'm sorry you don't see how that can be implemented, but it would be a big help instead of having to go to wordpress.org every time just to find the last update information...

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Then you've never had to deal with a plugin problem.

    10 years using WordPress. 5 years working here in almost 90,000 topics. Yes - I have come across the odd plugin problem or 10. But I do not think that what you are suggesting is really practical.

  7. animalien
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    A line of troubleshooting INSIDE the plugin module is not practical? I not only find my idea practical, I would guess it could make supporting problems even easier.

    Esmi - I am concerned you are just shooting it down and not even seeing why I suggested it. Keep in mind - I am suggesting a feature request. This is not a "I don't think so" or "Won't be done" reply moment. This is a "We'll put it in the feature request pile" or "Hey, interesting idea - we'll look into it..." response instead of putting my thoughts down.

    That comes from over 20 years of customer support and 8 years of using WordPress...

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I am concerned you are just shooting it down and not even seeing why I suggested it

    I do understand why you suggested it. I am simply posting my opinion.

  9. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I think this approach will cause more confusion to average Joe because highlighting the plugin as red implies that there's something wrong with it.

  10. animalien
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Perfect example

    I have been running a plugin called G-Trans for a while. It was a plugin that would help translate my sites. Apparently, it was banned and removed from WordPress. I had no idea until I wanted to install on another WordPress site.

    If not a color code situation, then an "!" icon or another warning that this code could be outdated, or removed, and compromising your website.

    I don't think this will cause too much confusion, especially if a key is put at the top of the page.

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