Plugin Developers Receive A Christmas Gift

With the Santa hat on, Matt Mullenweg has decided to try out an experiment specifically for plugin authors and their respective plugin pages. He’s decided to give plugin authors a little more control with regards to how their plugin pages look by offering them a chance to upload a 772 x 250 pixel image that will be used as a banner. Here are a couple of excellent examples of this experiment in action:

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Hello Dolly!
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YARPP or Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
TinyMCE Advanced

One thing that I am thankful for is that most of the images I’ve seen have not detracted away from the information presented on the page. Right now, there is consistency amongst all of the various plugins hosted on the repository. I want that consistency to stick around. However, I will say that some of the plugin banner images give the page an additional pop and enhance the offering. As long as the header images are somewhat nice to look at and relevant to the plugin, I support this change!

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  1. I think all those banners look great! WordPress keeps getting better by leaps and bounds!


  2. Now I understand why they changed the styling on the plugin pages to get rid of the gray sidebar and make the top description area with a gray background. With the banners uploaded it works.

    I agree that it is a good touch for the site. Hopefully folks will use good taste with their banners and not try to turn them into commercials.


  3. I fully understand the developers want to ‘brand’ their plugins and rightfully so, as they do a great job making our lives easier, but this is visually overwhelming and distracting.


  4. Yeah, images are nice, but even more useful would be adding the WP version # the plugin supports directly in the search results. Would also work as an extra incentive for developers to keep their plugins updated.


  5. The graphical header is a good idea … and I did see & notice at least a couple, before I knew about the change.

    I like that old, orphan, and even basket-case plugins are still there on Extend. It keeps ‘ideas’ where they can be seen, and folks do revive some of these clunkers. (Long as they’re not ‘exploits’, and in years of looking at a few thousand plugins, I have encountered only a couple such *possible/maybe* examples.)

    With 17,000 Plugins now on Extend, it will be a challenge at times to find what is wanted, even if all of them were completely up to snuff. And even if they were all perfect (not holding breath), one still will have to investigate, and ultimately download and test & compare, to make the best decision.


  6. I like the new banners. I miss having the authors website listed in the right hand sidebar though, been gone for about a year now


  7. The more love for the plug-in developers the better. Extend is littered with unkept plug-ins. Kudos to the developers keeping their code worthy and up-to-date.


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