WordPress plugin search results shows number of downloads and last update date
I usually download plugins by logging into the back-end of a WordPress site and adding plugins from the "add new" section.
If you run a search it the results are shown having the following columns
c) Rating and
It would give me more confidence to install a plugin if the last update date is mentioned in the results details as it will let me know if the plugin is being developed actively or has it been abandoned by the author. Another metric that would help is the number of downloads till date as the more the downloads the more confidence I will have to install the plugin particularly if I'm going to add the plugin to a live website. I do not mean that the new plugins should not be tried but the extra details do help in making a decision specially when you are working on a live website. These changes, I believe should be easy to implement as this information is already there as it is shown in the results if you run a search on the WordPress.org in the plugins section.
Fellow WordPress users if you agree with the suggestions please vote for it!
Downloads and last update are too important factors when it comes to plugins. I agree with you!
I'm amazed there's still no way of sorting or filtering plugin search results. I'm sat here clicking through 25+ pages of plugins trying to remember which ones had the best ratings / downloads / were updated recently... It's so user-unfriendly and time consuming.
Why am I seeing a plugin that has 20 installs, no stars and was last updated two years ago as the 5th out of 665 search results, when the 18th result was updated a day ago, has more than 10,000 installs and a 4.5 star rating from 200+ users? If we can't filter or sort, at least the results could give weighting to these factors.
After years of using wordpress from time to time it amazes me to come back and find that you still cannot filter plugins searches by keyword and downloads number or any other dimension at the same time. I understand that a new awesome plugin will not have lot of downloads but there are ratings anyway.
It would be nice to hear from the developers as to why this age-old request/concern has not yet been addressed.
For me, I almost always want to search for plugins that are known to be compatible with my declared version of WordPress (why look at any that aren't?), and to be able to specify one or more sort criteria, such as:
most recently updated
Are there unobvious technical challenges that keep this uber-critical capability from being provided?
As another member stated all too well, searching available plugins is inordinately wasteful of time.
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