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Plugin Search by author isn’t reliable

  • I set up a test blog with 2.7b3 to make sure my plugins and themes work with it in preparation for uploading my live WordPress sites with 2.7 upon release. I like the new feature where I can search for plugins and install them, but I’m finding that I’m coming up empty sometimes. for example, I just tried searching for Simon Wheatley’s “Exclude Pages from Navigation” plugin (which is listed in the WordPress plugin directory without the last two words), available at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/ . Searching for “Exclude Pages” comes up with 110 pages of plugins, most of which don’t contain the word “Exclude” anywhere in the title or description. This is a long standing problem with the WordPress plugin search.

    However, if I search for “Simon Wheatly” or “Wheatley”, I get zero hits. However, I see on http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/profile/simonwheatley that he has nine plugins listed on WordPress Extend.

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  • Addendum – The search fails on any author with more than one name because it doesn’t search for the name, but the URL. So “Simon Wheatley” doesn’t work but “Simonwheatley” does.

    If it searches on URL, then spaces should be ignored (so they can be used or not), and substring searches should work, too. “Wheatley” should find plugins by Simon or anyone else whose name/alias contains that string of letters.

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