Technically you always could, but now you can officially change the owner of a 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.
For most of you, this is going to be a “Meh, who cares” change. For me? Well, it’s always nice to let people take agency of their own plugins 🙂
In the newly renamed ‘Danger Zone’ of the advanced tab, we have a way for you to transfer ownership to someone. This must be done by the actual owner of the plugin, and they need to select the new owner from the drop down, which looks like this:
Why would I want to do this?
It’s pretty rare, but sometimes people want a specific account to be THE official owner of a plugin. Usually this relates to company-owned plugins.
Who’s the owner now?
The page will tell you who, but in most cases it’s whomever submitted the plugin.
Does it matter who owns a plugin?
Actually yes. At the end of the day, the owner accepts responsibility of everyone else who does things in the name of the plugin.
If I change the owner by accident, will you change it back?
You can ask, but we’ll have to talk to the new owner to make sure this was actually a mistake and not something else.