[wp-docs] Plugins list *poof*
m at mullenweg.com
Sat Jan 26 20:30:28 GMT 2008
> should I answer that Lorelle and Matt decided to eliminate the Translation
> and Languages plugins list but didn't offer anything to replace it?
Why would you answer someone asking for help with something that doesn't
I checked out the last version of the Translation plugins page:
There are 14 plugins listed on there. Let's go through them:
Seems to have been replaced some time ago by a "Pro" version of the
plugin that costs $30. They also violate the WordPress GPL license:
"In short the plugin code is not GPL. We do not allow modification of
the source-code, nor do we permit redistribution or reverse-engineering."
If I had come across this link on that page I would have immediately
deleted it. This is the #1 thing we're promoting to people interested in
translation and languages plugins, I suppose because it starts with an
A? What a terrible user experience.
Seems perfectly legit, however this 9-line plugin is no longer needed in
WordPress, it fixes a problem that has been fixed in core for 6+ months.
It not being there is not a big loss.
Another automatic translation plugin. It appears to be well-updated and
maintained, and would be appropriate for inclusion and promotion on
WordPress.org. It is in the plugin directory, where it appears to get
about 50 downloads a week:
(Compare finding the download link on the extend page vs the plugin
This plugin fixes curly quotes for the Finnish language, seems nice and
from the same author as #2. Does not appear in the plugin directory, but
Another high quality listing, also included in the plugin directory
where it gets about 90 downloads a week:
Creates links to translation services. Fine plugin, in wp-plugin.net but
not the .org directory.
Seems legit, in wp-plugins.net but not .org.
Looks good, in .net but not .org.
Good plugin, also listed in .org with about 50 downloads a week.
Looks good, not listed in either .net or .org.
Seems fine, listed in .org, but as you can see on the .org plugin page:
It hasn't been updated since 2005. Judging from the blog, it doesn't
look like it's going to be, this is also from 2005:
Nice plugin, included in .org, not in .net.
Seems fine, not in .org or .net.
Not in .net or .org, broken in versions of WP since 2.2. (And this
information is not reflected on the page.)
Claims to be the same as #14 but in Spanish. Can't tell because the site
is down. If #14 was in the .org plugin directory, the Spanish
translation could have just been submitted as a patch.
Looks like an awesome project, but no presence in .net or .org.
So the transition isn't perfect. Even though some bad links are weeded
out, there were 1 or 2 high quality plugins that aren't listed in the
Overall, though, I think the user experience is dramatically better. You
have a single directory with a consistent way to download, you can
easily tell when a plugin was updated, and which versions it's
compatible with. You can see any forum topics related to the plugin, or
start one. You never have to worry about a site being down, and you're
not going to follow a promising link to find a plugin that violates the
GPL and reduces your freedoms.
Rather than complaining about a clunky list being removed, a better use
of time would be to contact the plugin authors above who aren't on the
directory yet and ask them to submit their plugin, or if it's GPL, offer
to do it for them. It's about more than version control, it's about
distribution, quality control, and a consistent interface for users.
If the plugins are in the directory but hard to find, consider
submitting patches that improve how plugins are tagged.
> (On the "Extend" barely 5 - five - plugins are related to multilingual
With a few trivial searches I found these:
There are also a ton of new plugins being added every day, in fact I
just approved another language one that should be showing up within a
I think pointing the forum author to some of those would be a perfectly
fine answer to the question you posed above.
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