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  • Please can someone improve the search result for plugins & themes on wordpress.org

    I can’t believe there is no way to filter the returned results to view new plugins, the last updated, most active installations, wordpress version, best and most rated.

    Why can’t we filter via any of the data elements on the right hand side of a plugin page like https://wordpress.org/plugins/elementor/

    Finding new plugins is pretty much impossible apart from wasting hours paging through hundreds of results.

    It seems really strange that there are plugins to improve searching on wordpress installations but this has not been implemented on WordPress.org

    Please, please, please fix this.

    Regards – Jason

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  • Moderator bcworkz

    (@bcworkz)

    Such features are being discussed, for example https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2753

    It doesn’t appear any fix is coming soon, but at least the need has been recognized and any progress is being documented.

    Yes, I’d like to see filtering to help get through the dozens of pages of results.
    “Show only results tested for your version of WP”
    “Show only free/OpenSource plugins”
    “Show only results with at least a _ star rating”
    etc.

    I’d add a hearty “me too” to that; not simply sorting, but filtering.

    And as a newbie I learnt my lesson about finding the theme on wordpress.org rather than via the Themes section of the control panel the hard way.

    You find a theme in the control panel. Yes, it has the star rating, if any. No indication of when it was last updated. No indication of the number of people using it. No reviews. No link to the main page for the theme. But it looks good and seems to check the boxes in terms of functionality, so you install it.

    Then you find that some of its features just don’t work.

    And then you find that it was last updated in 2016, that it may or may not be supported any longer and then, just to top it off, the theme disappears from the list the next day.

    So… there isn’t really a lot of point using the control panel functionality without already knowing which theme you’re after having researched it externally, because the control panel gives you 7/8ths of nada information about whether the theme is actually current or abandonware.

    And if you research it on the Themes page of WordPress.org… you’re still buried up to your thighs in releases which may or may not be current and may or may not be relevant.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  alank2018.
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