With the rapidly changing nature of WordPress, how often there are version changes, and the size/functionality of some major plugins, I believe there should be a feature baked into WordPress updates that check plugin compatibility, if it is available.
For example, the typical WP update cycle might look like this:
- Update Core Version
- Update Plugins
Because plugins might be accessing new functions in the newest update of core, it makes sense to be first.
At this time, the WP administrator should be on the newest core version, and should be shown some indicators next to plugins that have available updates, whether they are compatible or not. The information is available for plugins hosted on wordpress.org, and shouldn’t be difficult to retrieve. This simple notification should help plenty of users quickly update WordPress sites without needing to check with WordPress.org to verify that a core update/plugin update won’t break the site. Of course, it relies on user feedback to be accurate, but from personal experience, many WP/plugin updates have broken my site, and I feel silly to view the support forums to see the Compatibility error in the bottom right of the plugin page.
Image, for reference, of the info that can be pulled:
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