Stuttter Plugins Now Available on WordPress.org

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The whole collection of plugins from John James Jacoby’s Stuttter project is now available on WordPress.org. Jacoby created Stuttter as “a conduit for rethinking WordPress from the outside in,” and started pushing the plugins to the official plugin directory a couple months ago.

During the first half of 2015, he worked full-time on WordPress’ sister projects (BuddyPress, bbPress, and GlotPress), thanks to the successful funding of his independent IndieGoGo campaign. After completing this project, Jacoby returned to consulting via Flox where he had the chance to test and use the Stuttter plugins in production.

“It’s a way to independently test the waters for what we can do with it [WordPress], without deviating from its history, beauty, charm, and chutzpah,” Jacoby said.

“I was recently inspired by Jeremy Felt’s post about what he looks for in plugins that he would want to use. We’ve chatted about it before, and he finally put it into words. Stuttter sticks to those philosophies (no nags, no licenses, nothing to cut out, etc…),” he said.

The new Stuttter profile on WordPress.org is home to 18 lean plugins, each carefully chiseled to do one thing well.

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“My end goal is to point most public facing links for each plugin to a product on store.flox.io (using Easy Digital Downloads) and sell them for a few pennies, and then use WordPress.org for updates and distribution,” Jacoby said. “That way people get a zip of a plugin they purchased and get to ‘own’ their copy, plus I have a record of their purchase on flox.io so they can use that plugin on their hosted networks eventually too.

Jacoby plans to make the Stuttter plugins available on Flox for the communities hosted there.

“Many of them will be on by default, like WP Chosen and WP Pretty Filters,” he said. “Others will be ‘unlocked’ through purchases, like User Activity and User Parents.

“The goal is to strike a balance between a good default experience, and letting people upgrade through purchases, and then being able to take those purchases with them if they decide to self-host eventually (vs. losing them like on wpcom),” Jacoby said.

Developers who are interested in the code can find the Stuttter plugins publicly mirrored on Flox. They are actively developed there and then pushed out to GitHub in bulk.

“Almost all of these are ideas I’ve been imagining in one way or another for years, particularly WP User Profiles,” Jacoby said. “I’ve wanted that for BuddyPress forever, but it’s always been too big of a gamble to commit to something this drastic for a project like BuddyPress that is so well established.

“I think whenever you have a long time to imagine what life would be like once something is possible, you can execute very quickly once it is. Most of the current generation Stuttter plugins came rapid-fire because of several years of thought about them first. I hadn’t even done much research into alternatives (the Stream plugin vs. WP User Activity for example, and WooCommerce has its own Term Meta tweaks too). I just knew I wanted to solve a certain problem in a certain way, and had the time and motivation to make it happen,” he said.

9 Comments


  1. I checked some of these plugins some weeks ago and like them. Small, focused and usefull without any junk.
    I just don’t understant the whole story around these plugins (stutter, fox, github .org ), it looks like the opposite to these simply plugins :)
    Wish the best with all these ;)

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  2. Way to go, JJJ! I love the focus and simplicity of these plugins. Should be an inspiration for all plugin devs.

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  3. WP Chosen is not only the cream of the crop here… it’s nearly the cream of the repo as far as I’m concerned. I’ve already gotten a ton of mileage out of it in the last few months.

    tldr; Modifies all wp-admin dropdowns (posts.php etc) and turns them into searchable fields. Awesome if you are digging for that long lost post or user.

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  4. Hi Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing the info about these awesome plugin. I have tried WP Term Images and this is an awesome plugin to assign images to any category. I liked it very much

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Just wanted to Thank JJJ here.
    I used a few of stuttter plugins in one of my projects couple of weeks ago, they make developers life easy.
    Thank you JJJ and thank you Sarah for bringing it to public :)

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  6. What can I say, these are great plugins. Thanks!

    I was wondering why the WP Term Images needs WP Term Meta when term meta arrived in Core?

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    1. Me too,
      I think that all the Term-* plugins were developed before the latest WP release.
      Could be awesome if they will be soon updated so that they doesn’t create any new table at all

      Stefano

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  7. Simplicity is always the best and most rewarding. Thank you for sharing them and well done Mr. Jacoby for your hard work.

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  8. There are several of these plugins that do not indicate if they are multi-site compatible. Can we get a list – maybe of the ones that aren’t? Or better yet, just update all the readme files on GitHub to indicate?

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