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  • Resolved Ed


    Is there a process to validate Plugins? I have gotten plugins with secret spam links to Pay Day Loan sites etc. thus causing my site to be deindexed by Google. It takes months to recover, sometimes never does.

    I do not download plugins from websites. I only use plugins from WordPress but still get spammy links and other BS code imbedded. It’s getting to the point where I can’t trust any plugins and have to verify the code myself. Many not so technical people can’t do this.

    What’s the solution to this problem?

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Can you provide an example of such a plugin in the WordPress repo? What you describe sounds like a compromised WordPress installation or server.

    Many plugins do add portions to the admin page such as a widget or even optionally a link to the author’s site. But a plugin that does what you’ve described is strictly forbidden and not allowed.

    If you’ve found a plugin in the WordPress repository here that does contain code that links to Pay Day Loan sites then please report them to plugins [at] That really is the best way to deal with those plugins.



    Sorry, I can not. Thank you.

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