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Official WordPress Plugin Directory Gets Improved

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Matt Mullenweg today announced that after hanging out with some plugin developers, the official WordPress plugin directory has been refreshed.

At first glance it is difficult to see any major changes to the directory. The plugin home page and search result pages haven’t been changed in any way though there have been some subtle changes to plugin listing page itself. The image below shows the difference between the old and the new listing page for Contact Form 7.

Official WordPress Plugin Directory Refreshed

The sidebar looks much nicer now. Plugin authors get more exposure with a small image link to their profile, a note of the number of plugins they have released and a donate button (which should hopefully reward plugin developers more).

Previously, the link to the forum posts wasn’t very prominent. It has been replaced with a support section that links to the forum and shows how many problems have been resolved over the last few weeks. This is a good way of seeing active the developer is at supporting the plugin.
Behind the scenes.

Security scanning has apparently been improve behind the scenes to help developers detect any problems though the best addition is the ability to ‘Favourite’ a plugin. As long as you are logged in, you will now see a link at the top of each plugin to mark it as a favourite. Favourites will be linked from your profile page. It’s a great way of saving plugins that you use often.

The changes are certainly more evolutionary than revolutionary though I’m sure they will prove popular with WordPress users.

Thanks,
Kevin

Link: Plugin Directory Refreshed

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Comments (4)

Comment by saleemamalik says:

I installed the wordpress plugin Digg Digg, and it is awesome. The only this is when someone facebook “likes” a blog post, the image that goes onto facebook isn’t pulled from the actual post itself. It’s an image not related to the actual post at all. The FB share button is able to pull from the actual post. Can someone help? Thanks!
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Comment by saleemamalik says:

I installed the wordpress plugin Digg Digg, and it is awesome. The only this is when someone facebook “likes” a blog post, the image that goes onto facebook isn’t pulled from the actual post itself. It’s an image not related to the actual post at all. The FB share button is able to pull from the actual post. Can someone help? Thanks!

Comment by Kevin Muldoon says:

[email protected]’s not a major update though I definitely think it’s an improvement. The ability yo favourite plugins will be very useful to anyone who builds websites with WordPress frequently.

Comment by MikhailLevin says:

It’s just a face-lift.
 
Improved is when:
– search result could be resorted through ajax (not to re-submit the Search)
– search result could be filtered
– plugin page got the Link to the Plugin Website (e.e.g how it IS present from via wp-admin->add plugin->details)
 
other words, something truly works better than before.
 
Thanks WP developers, but that was not a big deal.
 

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