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Ist there a statistic how often a plugin is active

  • mdempfle
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    @mdempfle

    Hi,

    I’ a developer of a free plugin and only see the downloads and the % of the active versions.
    Is there a way to find óut how many active installations do exist? Because the % are already there.

    Because if I see 50.000 downloads but only 10 are really using it, this would indicate that it is not as popular as it may see in the first place…

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  • esmi
    Forum Moderator

    @esmi

    As far as I am aware, this info isn’t available.

    mdempfle
    Participant

    @mdempfle

    I think this should be done. Is there a way to request enhancements of the website itself?

    It would also be a way to cleanup the directory. If a plugin is not used for 6 months or so it maybe is not used anymore ;).
    So it might be deactivated and the author gets a message about it. So he can decide to enable the plugin for another 6 months…

    esmi
    Forum Moderator

    @esmi

    If a plugin is not used for 6 months or so it maybe is not used anymore ;).

    Not sure if that will ever get implemented. Not with a 6 month lead time anyway. As far as I am aware, the Repo monitors installed plugins – not active ones. And that’s purely so WP can display upgrade messages.

    At 2 years, it stops showing up in searches, but as long as it’s here, it will always be scanned.

    How are you determining that only 10 people are using it, though?

    mdempfle
    Participant

    @mdempfle

    WordPress knows who has installed which version and also if you can update your plugin. So the information should be available to do something like this.

    I simply want to provide a cool plugin. But if no one is actually using it I can do better stuff with my time ;).

    esmi
    Forum Moderator

    @esmi

    As I said, WordPress only picks up on installed plugins – not active plugins. So there is literally no way to know how many people have downloaded a given plugin and then gone on to use/activate it.

    mdempfle
    Participant

    @mdempfle

    o.k. Then even installed plugins would be a good way to go. So if a plugin is not installed anymore for a certain period of time it could be a candidate to mark for removal.

    esmi
    Forum Moderator

    @esmi

    Why? Someone might still have a use for it.

    mdempfle
    Participant

    @mdempfle

    I could live with this. But for me as developer I would like to know how often my plugin is actually installed.
    This information does not even have to be public but for the developer itself it would be a number I would like to know!

    esmi
    Forum Moderator

    @esmi

    Speaking as the secondary developer of a major ecommerce plugin and the primary developer of a couple of minor plugins, I don’t feel that this is important. If your plugin is getting a reasonable number of downloads, it proves that there’s a demand for a plugin of this type. If it’s totally borked & unusable, you’ll get to hear about in its support forum – trust me on this. Otherwise, a reasonable number of downloads indicates that people find it useful – potentially, temporarily or permanently. All seems fine and dandy, from my pov. 🙂

    mdempfle
    Participant

    @mdempfle

    You for sure have then more experience here.

    I have only a few hundred dl a day for my plugin. For me it would be helpful to know a kind of “conversion rate”.
    If I e.g. add a new feature and more users are not only downloading it but also installing/keeping it installed.
    Because in my opinion you only get users with problems in the support forum but not the ones which are really happy with it which any problems.

    I still think this number should be provided to the developers because votes and reviews are not really comparable if you say you have 50.000 dl an 10 votes only …

    esmi
    Forum Moderator

    @esmi

    Are you monitoring version usage using the pie chart of the Stats page? A reasonable % using the last 1 or 2 versions of the plugin should give you a rough idea of what kind of core user base you might have. For example, we’re nearing half a million downloads but only a about 33% are using the last 3 versions (latest only released a few days ago). So our conservative “finger in the air” estimate is that we have about 100K users.

    It’s not much but it does help.

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