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  • I would love to see a more refined search function for the plugin repository. Specifically, I’d like:

    1) The ability to sort results based on number of installations and ratings;
    2) The ability to search for a primary plugin and not plugins related to that — for example, if I search for “Contact Form 7”, I get a list of dozens of Contact Form 7 related plugins, but not the actual Contact Form 7 plugin.

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  • Moderator Andrew Nevins

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    Are you talking about the plugin repo at WordPress.org? In your example if I search for that Contact Form 7 plugin I get it in my first result.

    I am and it’s interesting that now it’s coming up first (for me as well). But frequently it (and others I search for specifically) do not.

    We’re working on a new one.

    Can you rest on wordpress.org/plugins-WP/ and see if it’s better?

    Hi Mika — very nice interface and it seemed to put the primary plugin at the top. That’s great.

    However, it would still be very helpful to be able to sort the results based on rating and number of installations. It would also be helpful to add other filters that would help refine a search, such as:

    > plugins that add functionality to other plugins (i.e. all the Contact Form 7 related plugins;
    > Specific functionality filters — for example, a photo gallery that offers a slideshow option

    I have often found issues finding plugins again that i have used on previous sites especially in areas where a lot of plugins have very similar names seems like it has a an algorithm for showing plugins that can change quite a bit over time.

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