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  • Hi guys,

    I’m not sure if it’s only me, but for some time I experience weird things when installing WordPress plugins via dashboard. The search for new plugins simply returns irrelevant results. Here is an example:

    WordPress Add New plugin search screen

    Has anybody else experienced such behavior? Do you know if there is a ticket logged with WordPress devs for this?

    Thanks and regards,

    Oliver

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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    I’m not sure what you’re expecting, but a plugin that has not been updated in five years and which is 12 major versions behind on the “tested up to” scale is definitely less relevant than the results you’re getting.

    The search is not a simplistic name or keyword based thing. We take lots of factors into account, and yes, old and out of date plugins will be much less likely to show up in the results.

    @otto42, thank you for your reply!

    Indeed, I haven’t taken in account those details. The thing is that the particular plugin on screenshot is actually still working perfectly fine, and there is not much to change in its code really. But I understand that plugin author should keep the plugin’s readme.txt up to date at least with “tested up to” info.

    But if I enter a specific plugin name, I expect it to be listed on the first page of search results, at least. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to add “Title” into the dropdown when searching for a plugin?

    WordPress dashboard add new plugin screen suggestion

    Would you guys be up to something like that? Should I log a trac ticket?

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    At present we have no plans to add such a field. Adding such a thing would not merely be a change to the directory, but to the API and to the core of WordPress as well.

    Considering that both author and tag based searches are available, as well as the “Favorites” functionality being available to users for the WordPress back-end, there’s plenty of ways that users can find exact plugins they know exist, or which they have previously marked in their own set of favorites. I highly recommend the Favorites functionality if you have some subset of plugins you often use.

    Adding in a title specific search isn’t helpful for plugin discovery, and we have no real need to promote plugins that appear to be effectively dead. While the plugin may certainly still “work”, the question is whether it will continue to work in the future, whether it is actively maintained, whether it can support the number of users searching for it, etc.

    Searching is complicated. The goal is not to simply give you the plugin you’re looking for, but a list of the plugins that actually is best for what you’re looking for. You can find more information on this topic here:
    https://data.blog/2017/03/15/improving-relevance-and-elasticsearch-query-patterns/

    Hi Otto,

    Thanks for the explanation. Using favorites may help, depending on how you treat your favorites 😉

    The goal is not to simply give you the plugin you’re looking for, but a list of the plugins that actually is best for what you’re looking for.

    Well, in that particular case it does not work 😉

    Anyway, thanks for your input!

    Regards,

    Oliver

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