[wp-hackers] Seeking feedback on Plugins UI
ozh at planetozh.com
Thu Jun 5 11:24:50 GMT 2008
I don't see much improvement in the Plugins page. The bulk selection stuff
is cool, but I'm definitely not fan of the "let's split the plugin list in
3 parts" move: yet another area in the admin where I will be scrolling
back and forth like crazy to find what I'm looking for (especially between
the "not active" and the "recently active" lists)
What I find more efficient and would like best would be a single list with
Note about the wording: "available plugins" might be confusing here. A
plugin can be available "on my blog" or available "for download from
wp.org", so I recommend the good old "inactive". "Available" makes more
sense on the page where you browse and pick a plugin to install.
The other pages under the "Install Plugins" page are definitely cool and
bring true features.
I'm not sure we need a "recently updated" list: either we get notification
updates for plugin we have installed, or we find a cool plugin by browsing
through popular or by searching, right? "Newest" can be a cool page to get
some inspiration ("hey, nice plugin idea, I'm going to try this") but I
can't imagine why I would ever look at the "recently updated" list.
More infos in the "Install Plugins" pages would be cool: average rating,
sure, but how about the number of ratings, the number of downloads, and
infos about version compatibility (a lot of plugins are mentioning they're
compatible up to 2.3)
I think there's an inconsistency between the main plugin page and the
Install Plugins / Popular Plugin page: plugins URL are either the real
plugin page or the page on wp.org/extend, plugin authors are either linked
to their own websites or to their wp.org profile. I think I like first
option best (real page, website).
Wording: "term" is unclear to me on the search page. Does it mean "search
from title / description" ? I wouldn"t have thought about searching by
authors but this is very cool.
A cool feature to consider would be a way to rate a plugin right from my
own Plugin Management page. That would increase connectivity between blog
users and wp.org/extend and make those ratings more relevant with more
All in all, very impressive work again DD. Definitely something I'm
looking forward to using in next WP.
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