Back in December, the core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team meetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. included a couple of chats about plugins and how to make the plugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party directory better. The notes from that were never posted (mea culpa), so since there has been a surge of interest recently in this, I thought I’d finally post them for reference. Apologies for the stream of consciousness style, that’s part of why they didn’t get posted earlier. 🙂
There are multiple areas that we should discuss: directory/repo/3rd pty repos/
There are two different points of view to consider: dev/user ux
What should we be thinking about and trying to improve?
Dashboard, search/discovery – updated, popular, directory, updates, what we expose re ratings, compat, confidence/trust, stats/metrics (inspire trust), don’t put ones you already have in the dashboard box
What are the pain points and/or things we need to make better?
Managing forums, support, getting stats, translations, doing code, collaboration, adoption/abandon process, security, bug tracking, plugin review team, submission process/onboarding, slug/username/link/description
Start a plugin (unreleased development, packaging/releasing) vs host a plugin – what things do you need for each?
Hide ‘recently updated’ in dash box now from rss feed RSS is an acronym for Real Simple Syndication which is a type of web feed which allows users to access updates to online content in a standardized, computer-readable format. This is the feed.
What things are useful to users when deciding on a plugin?
- # downloads — active installs would be better
- ratings — reviews by trusted sources would be better
- #of individuals working on plugin — active within x time
- support response stats – response time, % responded, % resolved
- # support requests/# installs
- # active users/#support requests
- version compat
- known conflicts
- author-driven metrics. ex total cache, very responsive
- trusted authors program? weighting in search? bump based on core contributions
18 mos/2 year cutoff not shown in search
Complaints: some quality plugins are not maintained (hyperdb 2.5 yrs, automatic); updates in directory sometime don’t go through and updated date gets frozen otto/nacin/adams can’t figure out why this is
repo refresh every minute with locking instead or 15 minutes? talked to barry
need to email when plugin hits the time limit — 2-3 weeks before cutoff date to update readme
send email to everyone who uses a filter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. when we remove it from core
Action Item: make.wordpress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org//plugins!
plugin directory needs a way to bring people in
provide route to get involved
duck -best practices/education
westi – user: finding good plugins; dev: writing good plugins (security, review)
koop – provide every plugin own trace = ton of work. use 3rd party repo, grab readme. let people use their own tools
matt – we said no bc we lose ability to take them over or update it. still want to have everything duped on our svn etc
github GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ integration: we still need the code in our repo. require full sync/every commit? or just port it over each release?
will that move the needle? current setup just doesn’t encourage collaboration.
Action Item: Change language to say it’s ok on the page so it is clear that it’s blessed.
Action Item: dev contact form? based on profile?
Plugin review team/plugin advisory
- security review team volunteers known to nacin
- best plugin devs
- core contribs who also do plugins
Action item: Learn.wordpress.org/plugins
matt: if you had a friend who wanted to make a plugin, what would you do?
westi: would email links to simple plugins, something less than 20 lines
jane: screencasts of walking through the file and explaining the bits (like viper did)
plugin review team’s home will be at make
hackers helpful conversations move to make
-hackers archives not a good resource
-stack exchange? no, karma system makes it less appealing for some new people who don’t have time to build up points
What’s going on in the world of plugins? How can we be a resource for this?
- make: monthlyish discussions of plugins (submit for review), get patches/suggestions to deliver to author. becomes a resource also
- start with a blog. initial team: westi. viper. duck, mark jaquith — initial posting group. restrict author status [ed note: since this time, the pluginrepo review group has formed, of Otto, Scott Reilly, Mika/Ipstenu, Duck, Nacin, and Mark Riley]. seed with: inexperienced people – what do we need to post about? focus group, get to-do list of posts to write/get guest authors.
1. simple stuff, intro stuff.
2. review one popular plugin per month, bring in author, hopefully they stay involved
3. posting about things posted elsewhere – good posts about plugins, error-prone posts about plugins
posting once per week
contacting plugin authors
security advisories — if a plugin gets closed until fixed, then after it’s fixed, post about the problem, how we informed them, and the fix. now go your plugin for similar issues.
where to put that: make/a-mess (heh)
Action: create blog, add authors , westi talk viper, posting calendar, pick 1st plugin and contact author. write first post.
More Action Items:
1. move to usage base/position instead of downloads
position is objective/harder to game
this is separate from ranking (tax matching + downloads would be tax+position)
2. banners. custom headers for plugin pages, icon, moor graphical elements. can expose those all over. chrome web store good example, itunes store
exclude images in zip files? maybe just exclude custom header The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. [ed note: this is active now]
3/4/5. remove extra radio buttons from search page, search only by relevance
So those are the notes! The discussion at dotorgplugins.wordpress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ can hopefully feed into some of these goals (many are the same, I think) and we can finally put together the broader plugins contributor group that we imagined but never got around to cultivating. 🙂