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Plugin size should be mentioned

  1. avijit0007
    Member

    Plugin size should be mentioned in plugin search results under dashboard. It will be helpful. Suppose I need a plugin under 5mb. Then I can easily find-out that. Don't need to explore all plugins one by one. It will be more helpful if "sort by size" added like "Search Results" "Featured" "Popular" "Recommended" "Favorites" "Premium"

    Posted: 1 month ago #
  2. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Why would the plugin size matter? If a plugin is 10megs but does what you want, that shouldn't be a problem.

    Posted: 4 weeks ago #
  3. JeRetiens
    Inactive

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    @Mike Maybe the size isn't the right point but the speed (based on objective metrics) could be interesting.

    How a plugin slows the site could be a determinant factor.

    Posted: 3 weeks ago #
  4. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Speed is subjective actually, based on the combination of other plugins you have, your theme, your server settings, etc etc.

    Posted: 2 weeks ago #
  5. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Okay I'm removing people helping JeRetins with site speed - That's a support issue and should be posted in https://wordpress.org/support/

    If you have suggestions for improving core, that belongs in ideas.

    This thread is about the benefits of having plugin size listed in the search results. If anyone has a benefit (besides speed, which is questionable) please speak up. Let's stay on topic folks :)

    Posted: 2 weeks ago #
  6. LWD
    Inactive

    Let's say we search for a plugin - some items in the results have similar downloads, similar ratings etc, one is 2Mb and one is 40Mb.

    I'd pick the 2Mb version as it will be lighter, less bloated (potentially) (and that questionable speed factor you mention may be a consideration here too).

    If the smaller one does everything I want, I'd pick that.

    Behind the scenes, the directory must know the file size of the plugin.

    It could go in the "Advanced View" on the plugin page.

    Posted: 2 weeks ago #
  7. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    less bloated (potentially) (and that questionable speed factor you mention may be a consideration here too).

    The problem is ... what are you basing that on?

    What if the larger one is bigger because it takes into consideration more use-cases, or made a robust interface so the features could be used with a UX and not filters and configs you have to manually define?

    Also it's a straw man argument to say the smaller would be 2MB to a larger 40MB. The reality is that you;d get a 5mb to a 7mb plugin, or possibly a 10mb. Most plugins are well under 40mb. In fact, you can't even submit one over 30 (and the ones that are that large tend to be media based ones).

    You're comparing oranges to horses here :)

    Posted: 2 weeks ago #
  8. Walter Pommes
    Member

    What if the larger one is bigger because it takes into consideration more use-cases, or made a robust interface so the features could be used with a UX and not filters and configs you have to manually define?

    Why not let the user decide then? I'm with LWD here.

    Not every webmaster has access to a "unlimited" hosting plan and I think I'd personally check the features of a plugin in more detail if it was a lot larger than similar alternatives.

    Posted: 2 weeks ago #
  9. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    We ... are letting the user decide?

    Wouldn't you check the features of a plugin ANYWAY when installing one? :)

    Posted: 2 weeks ago #
  10. neelkanth28
    Member

    Yes, I also think plugins size should also be mentioned in the plugin dashboard.
    Though when we require a particular plugin we go for options right?
    Selecting the right plugin with Less MBs would surely reduce the Higher Ping Rates on the servers.

    Posted: 1 week ago #

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