New Plugin Directory Theme

Late last week saw the launch of the reimplemented Theme Directory, complete with a new theme. This week brings with it another improvement to a new theme for the Plugin Directory.

Its new appearance should look very familiar; the goal with the theme refresh was to mirror the look and experience of the wp-admin plugin browser.

The site didn’t just get a facelift; the update includes a few new features not previously available in the directory:

  • Introduction of a “Favorites” section:
    If you are logged in and have favorited plugins, this new section gives you direct access to the list of those plugins. Previously, you could only see a simple listing of them on your profile page.
  • Introduction of a “Beta Testing” section:
    Previously only available in the wp-admin plugin browser on sites running a development copy of WordPress, this new section lists plugins proposed for inclusion in a future version of WordPress.
  • Ability to search for plugins by author:
    In the same fashion as in the wp-admin plugin browser, you can now search for plugins by author (by username).
  • Listings now display a count of active installs instead of downloads:
    Individual plugin pages have just (days ago) seen a switch from displaying the number of downloads to the number of active installs for the plugin. This information is now also shown on all plugin listings, such as search results.

The individual plugin pages themselves were not changed as the wp-admin plugin browser already largely mirrors their UI. Also note that the effort didn’t include a rewrite or significant change in overall functionality other than what was outlined above. The backend reimplementation of the Plugin Directory will be undertaken at a later time.

As always, it you encounter a problem or have a suggestion, please submit them at meta.trac using the Plugin Directory component. Be sure to peruse the existing Plugin Directory tickets to avoid submitting a duplicate.