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  1. ducktape
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi all,

    I do not know if this was covered before but it would be really nice if we could search form Plugins with a criteria such as « WordPress VERSION » exactly like the « version of WordPress you are using » of this topic.

    There are so many obsolete extensions that are not supported anymore and when we get a list of more than 1000 plugins when searching for a particular feature.

    It would be nice to have and would surely help thousand WordPress users.

    Regards,

    Ducktape
    Canada

  2. callererror403
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am getting sick of installing plugins that do not work. Need API and Accounts and are just plain outdated as you say. They need to reindex or change how to plugin search results are displayed

  3. ducktape
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Roezer,

    I know how you fell and this is why I posted this request.

    It would make WordPress sooooo easy to manage and I honestly think it would outclass all other CMS out there (it is very close now...)

    Any other voice out there who feel the same way please go ahead and chime in this way maybe someone will add this feature in a near future.

    Regards,

    Ducktape

  4. The brains behind all this are aware of these feeling (and in many cases, agree). Plugin cleanup is an enormous task, and needs to be properly planned out and thought through. Don't take their lack of official response to make you feel like you're being ignored. It's know, it's on the radar, and it's being looked at. This is one of those things that will TOTALLY take a long time, though :/

    I am getting sick of installing plugins that do not work.

    Alas, even with the BEST, perfect search tools ever, there's no really manageable way to avoid this. Plugins work mostly, or at least worked ONCE. They may conflict with your setup, but that's flat-out impossible to prevent. There's no way every plugin will work with every install. We have to accept that. Don't have to LIKE it though!

    Needing APIs and accounts are perfectly valid ways to manage plugins that have your self-hosted install talk to other servers. That will never go away. Google, Akismet, and many other plugins NEED to verify credentials. It's just what it is.

    Also, remember that sometimes a plugin hasn't been updated since 2.7, but it will still work perfectly well with 3.1! We shouldn't exclude them from a search!

  5. ducktape
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Ipstenu,

    Thank you for joining-in.

    I respect your opinion on this subject but I also disagree with it.

    It is really simple to add a search criterion by version number since this information is available on WordPress Web site.

    Yes this will penalize those plugins who have not been updated even if they do work with the newer version of WordPress but then again since we could search by plugin version number that should not represent a problem.

    I am also persuaded that this new search field would also entice developer to update their plugin.

    Thank you for your input.

    Regards,

    Ducktape

  6. ducktape
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Ipstenu,

    Forgot to mention that the existing rating system is also there to evaluate if the plugin work or not.

    It would also be possible to add a search criterion by the number of download.

    This would not help new plugins but it would help in determining the plugins track record and this usually translates into stable working plugins.

    Regards,

    Ducktape

  7. It is really simple to add a search criterion by version number since this information is available on WordPress Web site.

    Oh, no that's the EASY part. The hard part is making sure that the data is CORRECT. See, that field is available insofar as the developer updates it. Lord knows my plugins don't all say they're 3.1.1 compat, and yet they are.

    Yes this will penalize those plugins who have not been updated even if they do work with the newer version of WordPress but then again since we could search by plugin version number that should not represent a problem.

    Right. That, in a nutshell, is why this is more complicated. There's no reason to update for every minor iteration sometimes, and to have my perfectly valid plugin excluded just because there were no changes from 3.1 to 3.1.1 strikes me as a very bad idea.

    Basically you're amping up the workload for developers who would rather be making magic than filling in paperwork.

    Forgot to mention that the existing rating system is also there to evaluate if the plugin work or not.

    That one's pretty new, but the problem with THAT is it's user-driven, and not everyone marks it as works/doesn't work. I'd be willing to bet that more people vote 'doesn't work' actually, in an inaccurate ratio, since people who have issues are more likely to go and mention it.

    It would also be possible to add a search criterion by the number of download.

    I'm not sure that would help anything other than popularity, which isn't a measure of anything useful, code wise.

  8. callererror403
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    A Simple Email to Developers every 6 months or so aksing them are there plugins compatible with the last 3 wordpress updates and some checkbox options might help. Then they could display some icons in the display of search results. I think myself that ratings can be purchased these are some Ideas I had for the Display of plugins in wordpress search results
    http://computerames.com/wordpress-plugin-search-suggestions/

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