Vendi Abandoned Plugin Check

Description

This plugin will query the WordPress.org servers in a background task to determine the number of days since
the last SVN update.

This plugin has no interface. It only runs a background task daily and then modifies the main plugin table
by adding the number of days since the plugin was last updated.

This plugin has not been tested with multi-site yet.

Screenshots

  • Example listing of plugins with some ages showing.
  • Example showing old plugins when searching.

Installation

  1. Upload plugin-name.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Upload plugin-name.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
Does this work with multisite?

This has not been tested yet.

Why does this check all plugins instead of just activated plugins?

Old code is old code.

Not all of my plugins are showing a last updated date

This plugin queries the WordPress.org database via the official API.
If your plugin is not listed in this database then we won’t report a date on it.

Also, this plugin (as of 3.0.0) runs in batch mode, executing 10 plugins at a time. It attempts to respawn
itself but depending on your configuration this may or may not work.

I’ve activated this plugin, now what?

Depending on how many plugins you have installed it might take a couple of minutes to find the last
updated date of every installed plugin. Go to your Plugins page and refresh every couple of seconds. If
you don’t see notes after 5 minutes there might be an actual problem. If your server is not able to make
remote calls this plugin won’t work. Also, if you’ve disabled WordPress’s scheduling system this plugin
will not work.

Reviews

Useful, but…

Simple but useful plug-in to see if you have plug-ins installed that are potentially outdated (= not compatible or insecure). However, be aware that the number of days since the last update is not a very reliable problem indicator: There are quite old plug-ins that are safe and working, while there are very recent plug-ins with severe problems.

And by the way: A plug-in that reports outdated plug-ins but is “Compatible up to: 4.5.6” and “Last Updated: 9 months ago” itself has kind of a credibility issue…

Every site should run this plugin

There are many ways to keep your plugins updated. BUT what if the author has completely abandoned the plugin and never updates it? You will have a false sense of security, thinking your site is fully updated, when, in reality, your site is a time bomb waiting for someone to hack it, using that old plugin that may be full of security holes.

This plugin solves that problem, and will always let you know when you have an abandoned plugin installed, or even if you are browsing plugins via the Dashboard, thinking about installing them… it will warn you.

Thanks Vendi!

Read all 4 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Vendi Abandoned Plugin Check” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

3.3.0

  • Changed API check to use SVN slug instead of Plugin slug. Thanks Scott Neader and Bob Lindner!
  • Added an option to log actions for debugging at the code-level (beta)
  • WP 4.5 tested

3.2.1

  • WP 4.4 tested

3.2.0

  • On this plugin update, force reset of stored timestamps

3.1.3

  • WP4.3 test, version bump, no code changes

3.1.1

  • Upon activation clean up any remaining previous installs just in case the plugin wasn’t property deactivated

3.1.0

  • Removed mu support for now so that we can use the register_activation_hook

3.0.0

  • Cron jobs are now executed in batches to avoid timing out with lots of plugins
  • Fixed some styling for highlighting abandoned plugins on the plugin search screen in WP 3.9 and less
  • Renamed cron hooks and transients for clarity

2.0.0

  • Added support for highlighting abandoned plugins on the plugin search screen

1.0.2

  • Version bump for internal folder re-org

1.0.1

  • Added icons

1.0.0

  • Initial release