[wp-hackers] Plugin Management and Autoupdate System

Computer Guru computerguru at neosmart.net
Sun Jul 30 22:56:47 GMT 2006

> Rob Miller wrote:
> > Definitely definitely seconding this. Every single third-party site
> > that collects together community efforts I've ever seen
> > (wp-plugins.net, the various Firefox plugin sites etc) has been
> > consistently slow at getting updated, whether, in the case of author-
> updated sites.
> Maybe this would change if there is an updater plugin. As an plugin
> developer I want to notify my existing users about changes and such a
> plugin is a very good way for that. Of course there needs to be a large
> user base of the plugin so that this happens.

Firefox _has_ a plugin update checker and it hasn't helped there.

> registered there. A centralized structure should be also more reliable
> than the authors sites. Sites move, get deleted, get out of bandwidth
> etc. How would an updater deal with that?
> A centralized server (maybe supported by automattic?) could run forever
> and avoid these issues.

Actually, that's exactly why we're not doing it that way. Individual sites
on a whole are more stable - like I said, look what happened when the
_Automattic_ site wp-plugins.org went down. Look how slow pingomatic and
akisemt are.

Don't worry about bandwidth, the files are tiny - but here is a better idea:
You approach Dr. Dave (who is a great guy!) and tell him:
"Can you please have your site auto-create the RDF download bulletins that
are compatible with WP 2.1's new plugin system?"

Then your plugin file can point to his server anyway.

Computer Guru
NeoSmart Technologies

> -----Original Message-----
> From: wp-hackers-bounces at lists.automattic.com [mailto:wp-hackers-
> bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of Arne Brachhold
> Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 1:52 AM
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Plugin Management and Autoupdate System
> Hi,
> Computer Guru wrote:
> > The simple answer is that we don't need to. We can get the plugin
> info
> > straight from the authors, so why should we go through a middle-man?
> At least the update check would work with all plugins already
> Another point is that most bloggers (and plugin authors) have low-
> budget web accounts (me too) with limited bandwidth and I don't want
> that plugin update checks eat it up.
> Best regards,
>   Arne Brachhold
> --
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> mail:  himself at arnebrachhold.de
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