Plugin not showing up in search results (24 posts)

  1. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I've developed a plugin: Youtube Feeder

    You might notice on that page, that there are no tags listed, nor is my profile link listed as the author.

    When I search in the WordPress Dashboard for new plugins to install, I cannot find my plugin no matter what tags I search for; even the plugin name or my name.

    It can't even be found when searching WordPress.org for Youtube Feeder!

    Here is the top section of my readme file:

    === Youtube Feeder ===
    Contributors: awensley
    Donate link: http://andrewensley.com/youtube-feeder-wordpress-plugin/
    Tags: youtube, video, videos, playlist, list, live, feed, livefeed, youtube-feeder, feeder, youtubefeeder
    Requires at least: 2.6
    Tested up to: 3.0.1
    Stable tag: 1.0.3
    Allows you to embed a dynamic Youtube video feed anywhere on your WordPress blog.

    Please help. Thanks.

  2. elfin
    Posted 5 years ago #

    double check your readme with the validator:

  3. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I should have mentioned in my initial post: I always run my readme through that validator before committing anything to the SVN.

    Every time, I receive the message: "Your readme.txt rocks. Seriously. Flying colors."

    And the "Tags" and "Contributor" sections display the expected information.

    If it's a problem with my readme file, the validator isn't catching it.

  4. elfin
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'll flag this up for someone to take a look at - but they have been working on the plugin directory and it may be minor glitch.

  5. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thank you!

  6. I've seen this on another plugin too. Can't explain it yet. Still looking into it.

  7. mdawaffe tells me it was a caching issue. The plugin should be displaying correctly now.

  8. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I see that the display is fixed on the plugin page. Thanks for fixing that. Unfortunately, it still doesn't show in search results.

    Is there just a delay in the fix extending to the plugin search, or is there another problem?

  9. James Huff
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I believe you need to wait 24 hours or so for it to be properly indexed. If it doesn't show by tomorrow, send an email to plugins@wordpress.org

  10. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #


    I waited 24 hours and my plugin still did not show up in search results. I e-mailed plugins@wordpress.org yesterday at 7:52pm (CDT, GMT -05:00).

    I have not received a response yet. I don't mean to pester. I just want to make sure my e-mail didn't get eaten by the spam filters or something.

    My plugin still does not show in search results.

  11. James Huff
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Try sending it again. Unfortunately, I'm not part of that team, so I can't check on it for you.

  12. Search on the plugins directory is handled by a sphinx instance, and it runs on its own schedule (not often, it's heavy duty intensive). So it might take a week or more for a brand new plugin to show up. This is by design.


    BTW, the display of the plugin has nothing to do with the search timing.

  13. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Otto, Thanks for the info. I didn't mean to be impatient. I had no previous indication that it was supposed to take that long.

    It might be a good idea to have that information displayed somewhere on the Developer Center page. Or maybe not; just a thought.

    I'll wait a couple weeks and post back here if there's still a problem.


  14. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi again. It's officially been two weeks, and my plugin still does not show in search results.

    Help! Thanks.

  15. I'll pass it along.

  16. Actually, no, it shows up second in this search:

    I dunno. The search is weird. I'll take a look at it, but it is definitely in there.

  17. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #

    This is really weird. When I searched for those terms I got 0 results. Then I noticed the sort parameter in the URL and did some investigating.

    Depending on the "Sort by" option you choose, you get a completely different set of results.


    Surely this cannot be the intended functionality.

    Anyway, it's good to actually be in the index now :-). Thanks.

  18. Hax
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I am getting the same issue when I search for my plugin by name is there any thing that I need to do so it shows on the search "Image Store"

  19. johndyer
    Posted 5 years ago #

    For what it's worth, I'm seeing the same problem with a plugin I made MediaElement.js.

  20. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Is there any response from the WordPress developers on this?

    Also, could someone remove the "[resolved]" tag from this thread? The problem is clearly not resolved.

  21. Kenneth Berland
    Posted 5 years ago #

    WordPress has acknowledged this is a bug. See this thread.

  22. Andrew Ensley
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks for the info, Ticketbud. Hopefully "soon" doesn't take too long.

  23. dangerousprototypes
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi, I am having the same problem. I updated the plugin several times but its still not get listed in the WP search engine. The readme.txt files passed with flying colors but still it didn't show.

    The link below can only be seen if I am logged in. I have updated the svn files recently, but it didn't replace the true date:


    and here's the svn location:


    any help or suggestion is greatly appreciated.

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