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  • 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 for Youtube Feeder!

    Here is the top section of my readme file:

    === Youtube Feeder ===
    Contributors: awensley
    Donate link:
    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.

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  • double check your readme with the validator:

    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.

    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.

    Thank you!

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

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

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

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

    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?

    Moderator James Huff


    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    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


    I waited 24 hours and my plugin still did not show up in search results. I e-mailed 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.

    Moderator James Huff


    Halfelf Minion 🚀

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

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    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.

    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.


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

    Help! Thanks.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    I’ll pass it along.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    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.

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