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.
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.