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  1. Carl Hancock

    It’s a nobel effort and with good motivation behind it. But as with another recent plugin that was introduced to notify users of security related plugin updates the major problem with these types of plugins is that people don’t keep their plugins updated so how can we expect them to install a plugin like this and actually use it? The short answer is they won’t. It’s a major problem that the community needs to find a way to address. Users aren’t updating even when all they need to do is click a link to do so.

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    • Ray

      Agreed. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t use case for this kind of plugin. A lot of WordPress users first contact with WP is through having a website built for them. In this kind of scenario the plugin could be pre-installed for them so that they would be exposed to security best practices early on.

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  2. Julien (@julien731)

    I wanted to have a look at the WordPress.org plugin page to get better insight, but it seriously sucks. I think a lot of work is needed just to explain exactly what the plugin does. Description, screenshots… I don’t even know what it looks like.

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  3. Davide De Maestri

    Please add .po file to translate it! :)

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  4. BobWP

    I think it can be good in some cases, and I really applaud Michele’s efforts. This is an ongoing issue.

    What I think it boils down to, and Carl touched slightly on it, is that a large group of these people already know this.

    From experience what I see is the need for education and the continued pounding of these messages into a large percentage of users. And that’s easier said than done. For individuals who have been told and told again about the importance of security, this plugin will give them some friendly reminders and hopefully push them to do what needs to be done.

    For the others, who have heard it’s important, but also have been taunted with horror stories of update failures, or have not been even educated on the importance, even reminders won’t help. They are literally scared to death of what may happen when they update.

    It’s an ongoing issue as I said before. I see more people who are really starting to grasp the importance, but at the same time we have a long way to go. Maybe we need to start instilling confidence instead of being hell bent on filling them with fear. Overall, personally, with my own site and clients sites, I am seeing less and less issues with updates.

    Anyway, that’s my .02 :)

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  5. Joe Marsden

    Good to see you’ve entered into WordPress plugin development. I’ve not dared try my hand at it yet, but it’s really excellent to see you’ve put yourself out there and got something that people can download and use. I wish you all the luck in the world – keep at it!

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