Improve plugin search on wordpress.org

  1. Ammaletu

    When searching for plugins on wordpress.org, very often the first couple of results are old and not maintained any more (e.g. try the search term "rating"). Some few plugins might work unchanged since 2005, but most of them stop rather soon after maintenance is dropped. To make finding useable plugins easier, the search really should be improved.

    [1] Archive older plugins and exclude them from the normal search (you could check a checkbox to search for archived plugins, too, but leave it unchecked as default). Define "old" as "marked as compatible for a version three or more versions behind the current version". So if WP 3.0 is out, plugins which are marked as compatible up to and including WP 2.7 would be retired to an archive.

    [2] Alternatively at least make the compatibility to the current WP version a very strong part of the relevancy criteria (=default search sorting), so that incompatible plugins don't get to the top search results.

    Posted: 9 years ago #
  2. Kadr


    very good and to add to that, it would be great if you can sort the list of results by latest update and/or highest rated.

    Posted: 9 years ago #
  3. ixodcom

    I would like to see the age of the plugin on the results page. Is it new or has the plugin been around for a while. I spend a good deal of time clicking for this information.

    Posted: 9 years ago #
  4. Jaffasoft


    This involves the actual rating system itself as well. There is a big problem with that!

    We all do it. Go shopping for a plugin. Install and because our attention is in the dashboard changing settings for the plugin, checking our web sites to see if they work, we're no longer at the plugin site where you can conveniently rate the plugin.

    Often you shop for a plugin and you don't know if it works... it could be downloaded 10,000 times and no one has rated it or said it works :).

    I'm sure ppl don't mind clicking to say it works in such and such a version.

    What needs to be done is a mandatory selection that's in each plugin in the dashboard similar to how their is always a link back to the plugin authors web site, an activate and deactivate button etc. So put a "works" , "broken" tickbox or something (it would be relating to the current version wp user has it installed in) this data would automatically go back to the wordpress.org plugins page.

    This would improve the search because there would be much more feedback and at least some info of broken or not broken plugins at the plugins page.

    Old plugins that still are great that don't need updating could then be included in the search high if it's overall rating to work was high for the current wp version!

    But older plugins that did not work will not get listed. This will be incentive for the makers to upgrade to gain change at higher listings.

    The way the search describes what it is it absolutely terrible to it's usually a heap of mixed up dribble. not in any kind of sentence structure. Pretty lame for 2010.

    It does work though i get by with it. We are all about going onwards and upwards ain't we??

    Posted: 9 years ago #
  5. Jaffasoft


    Forgot to say that usually you need a few days for your plugin to settle in and buy that time you are certainly away from the plugin page where it's to late to rate it, you don't bother going back.

    And if your gunna ditch the plugin because it didn't work you just delete it and go shopping again.

    No rating [bad]. Maybee there's a plugin to rate plugins haha.

    Posted: 9 years ago #

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