[Resolved] Searching this site and where to post questions
I wish there was a search for each section, maybe even each category in each section of this site to help me find things. I tried doing that with a Google search, using: site:wordpress.org/about plugin ratings, and couldn’t find anything. When I used: site:wordpress.org/support plugin ratings stars different -GD, I still found information about plugins that will do ratings on your web site.
What I want to know is how the ratings system works on this web site for plugins. Does that information exist here somewhere? I don’t understand why I see a plugin with 5 stars that does not come out on top in a search for the top rated. The 5 star-rated plug-in doesn’t tell me who rated it, when, and so on, but when I scroll down, I see only one person rated the current version and they didn’t rate it 5 stars. That is very confusing. How does the plugin rating system work?
Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this question, but I couldn’t find a forum to ask about how this site works.
What I want to know is how the ratings system works on this web site for plugins. Does that information exist here somewhere?
Not really. And the ratings system is unreliable at best (and due for an overhaul).
Thanks for the information! What’s a good way to determine the reliability and usefulness of a plugin?
Usefullness is subjective. One assumes you have a use-case so you look for the kind of plugin you need 😉
I have a REAAALLY really long (pages long) answer in an ebook I’m writing, but the short version is to research it. Look at the plugin page. Look at the ratings, but also the compatibility matrix and, below that, any support posts made about it. Google it. Ask around. See if anyone you know has tried it. Read the code (I know, I know).
Usefulness may be subjective, but I think there are also some criteria, but maybe I could have used a better word. You seem very wise – this is logical. I did think of doing searches on the specific plugins to see about comments and problems with them. I also realize being up-to-date and compatible is important.
I don’t know about the “compatibility matrix” though. What is that and where do I find it?
The plugin’s author define compatibility via the plugin;s readme.txt file.
Isn’t readme.txt a file I get after I download the plugin? I don’t see them posted on this site in the Plugin area. It seems this is information I would need before deciding to use it.
SORRY – I did find the readme here. Thanks!
Isn’t readme.txt a file I get after I download the plugin?
It’s part of the plugin’s folder and is used by the Plugin Repo. It defines the version of WP used by the plugin author for testing.
Look on the RIGHT side of the page. See the blue box for compatibility? That’s what I meant 🙂
And yes, everything in the readme.txt is shown on the plugin pages.
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