Installing Plugins – Improve Search Options
While searching for plugins to add to WP, certain details are only visible after clicking the ‘Details’ link in the search results. For people who don’t like using untested plugins (or at least when picking plugins to use in a site for a client), it gets a bit tedious at times trying to find te ‘perfect plugin’. What I propose is essentially a two-part change:
Part 1: Improve Search Feature
While searching for plugins, a small tick-box next to the ‘Search Plugins’ button labelled ‘Tested Plugins’ or something similar could be added. Selecting this would only return results that have been tested and have at least one confirmed ‘working’ report for the currently installed version of WordPress. Option can / should be disabled by default.
Part 2: Search Results List
The list of results from the search currently shows four columns: name, version, rating and description. Considering the majority of monitors used on modern computers, there is ample space for more columns without the list becoming crowded or unreadable. It would be a nice touch to have a column added between ‘version’ and ‘rating’ to show the highest version of WordPress that the plugin has a confirmed working report of.
Perhaps as a ‘consolation prize’ for the plugins this feature hides from the list, a note could be shown above the search results with a single line stating something like “[number] plugins were not included in this search. Click here to search again with these plugins.”
I feel these changes changes would streamline the ‘Add Plugin’ feature quite nicely without reducing the chance of a newly added or updated plugin from being found by those who want it. Yet at the same time, it should help a fair amount with less experienced WordPress users accidentally using experimental plugins and breaking their blog…
Could someone involved with or at at least in contact with the WordPress Dev team perhaps share some thoughts on this idea?
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