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  1. Justin Tadlock

    Thanks for posting this, Sarah. I’ve done a few plugin reviews privately in the past, so I feel pretty confident that our service will be well worth it for plugin authors.

    The biggest issue with reviewing plugins is that there’s no standard way to set them up like themes. So, you have to spend a little time before beginning the review to familiarize yourself with how it all works. With themes, you know how things work out of the gate.

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  2. Fränk Klein

    Getting your code reviewed by somebody else is a great way to improve the quality. And improved quality is something that is definitely needed in plugins.

    While I agree that plugin code reviews are different from theme code reviews, I find the statement odd that creating guidelines for this type of review is difficult or even impossible.

    WordPress.com VIP has been reviewing both theme and plugin code for years, and there are established guidelines that cover both.

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    • Emil Uzelac
    • Justin Tadlock

      It’s not impossible to create some guidelines around good coding practices and using WordPress standards. Those are not generally plugin specific though. You’re probably taking what I said out of context, which was meant to be a comparison with how theme guidelines are done. With themes, there’s an extremely strict set of things that all themes must follow. You must have a style.css. You must have an index.php. You must use this function to show posts (and you must show posts). In general, all themes are going to be very much alike. That’s just not the case with plugins.

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      • Fränk Klein

        I agree that it’s rare to have two plugins that are as similar to each other as themes are. However that’s not really an issue.

        There are a bunch of APIs that only plugins (should) use, and there is a right way to use each of them. So creating guidelines specific to plugins is as simple as assembling all the usage guidelines for the different APIs.

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  3. Miroslav Glavić

    Playing Devil’s advocate/with all due respect…

    Isn’t it FREE to just upload a theme/plugin to the WP Directory? No matter how “complicated” the code is, something big like JetPack to something as small as the earth hour plugin.

    If there is a local WP Community to the author’s location, couldn’t the author talk about plugin via a meetup meeting?

    What about just giving it away to testers? I tested about 12 plugins in 2013 & 2014. I got the full version of the plugins. It was fun testing things. I gave the authors feedback. Just like WordPress 4.2 is in beta testing right now and many people downloaded it and testing it.

    Good Luck to Justin and Emil.

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    • Emil Uzelac

      Thanks Miroslav, it’s nice to hear that people contribute back!

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      • Miroslav Glavić

        Emil,

        There are so many paid services revolving around WordPress, I find it amazing things survive when there is usually a “free” version of that service.

        I thank every Theme/Plugin author of every theme/plugin I have used and currently use on my own and other websites. I can’t always donate $49.95. However I have thanked them in other ways.

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