1. John

    Still no sort options for search results and “Last updated” field still missing in card view – making choice of most suitable plugin even more difficult.


  2. Samuel Sidler

    The number of active installs, tested up to WordPress version, and author information has been restored to the plugin card view. Previously, this information was only available on the plugin’s single page view.

    While active installs, tested up to version, and author were not shown in our initial mockups a year ago, we launched with this information in search results. I’m not sure what this sentence means, but we have not iterated on the display of search results since launch.


    • Samuel Sidler

      I see that you’ve now modified the post to remove this line. In the future, when you modify posts, can you please add an “Update” noting the change? That’s a generally accepted best practice of media sites.


  3. Alec

    These are some nice improvements. Thank heavens, there’s some useful information on the cards now. I’m surprised to hear Samuel say that information has been available all along. I remember seeing versions without almost no info on the cards very recently. Great to see Samuel out communicating with the wider WordPress world at last.


    What is really not necessary is the tested with 4.7.3 info. WordPress.org has pushed plugin authors to do automatic checkmarking of older plugin versions so the information doesn’t mean much. If you don’t do it you’re blacklisted (and probably don’t even show up in search).

    The cards would look better and be easier to read with just plugin author information and number of active installs at the bottom. If any information would help, it would be to add last updated date – more than just checking the “I’ve tested my plugin with latest WordPress” or even more symmetrical (as if you add one piece of info you may as well pair it in two rows) would be last updated date and date created.


    It would really help if the plugin author’s name in the search results were clickable as the first thing a responsible WordPress publisher or developer wants to see is the author’s track record with other plugins.


    While it’s great that previous versions are back, I’m not happy with the language around previous versions.

    Previous versions of this plugin may not be secure or stable and are available for testing purposes only.

    It’s very alarmist. These versions are not just for testing purposes. I’d recommend something more neutral like:

    For security reasons, WordPress.org recommends running the latest version of a plugin unless you have good reason not to such as removed features or compatibility.

    Or short and sweet:

    Older versions may not be secure. Handle with care.

    In any case, the word stable should not be here. Why would the earlier versions not be stable?


    We could then go a bit further and start to mark with red asterisk versions which are known insecure. I know there are quite a few databases of WordPress and plugin security issues we could pull from. That’s an additional feature and lots of extra work so I just mention it, I do not recommend it. GitHub integration would be much easier to build and more useful.


    The placement of the Advanced View is quite awkward, far away from the developer section. It seems to me it would be much more useful to have a “Stats and Preview Versions” link in the Developer section. Of course that’s awkward as the link would be nested under a “Read more” link (tabs were so much more functional an interface for the plugin directory) but at least it would keep all the developer information in one place.


  4. Guido

    The installation instructions have also returned as a drop-down section.

    Just updated the readme of my plugins and moved this info to the Description section.. :-(


  5. Ahmad Awais

    Glad this happened :) Looking forward to more & better changes!


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