[wp-hackers] WordPress plugin update bugs

Viper007Bond viper at viper007bond.com
Tue Oct 2 10:30:35 GMT 2007

No one's stopping you from providing update notifications for your plugin,
as you've already done (and as have I for one of my plugins from back in the
day). Infact, there's even a hook (after_plugin_row) you can use to display
an identical message to the existing update notification.

However, I don't think something like this (checking for updates for
non-WP.org plugins) should be in the core.  Promoting the usage of one, big
database is best for the users in my opinion (we already did it previously
via the Codex). It doesn't rely on some random guy's site being online. It
doesn't require them to setup and host a script that has to be updated when
a new version is out. It doesn't... well, you get the point.

Plus, no one is stopping anyone from coding an API plugin that adds this
support in. It'd be _very_ easy to do.

But as I said, I think this is plugin territory and not core.

On 10/2/07, Omry Yadan <omry at yadan.net> wrote:
> Ozh wrote:
> > Also, I think that would be an extra motivation for plugin devs to get
> > their plugin hosted on wp.org if it's clearly shown that their plugin is
> > not pinged, rather than this "could be up to date" lack of notice.
> >
> So you think it's okay to discriminate plugins that are not hosted in
> wp.org to "motivate authors".
> Here are a few reasons why I wont host FireStats on wp.org:
> 1. Current license is CC-NC, and I though long before I chose it over
> GPL. if I chose to switch to a GPL compatibly license, it will certainly
> NOT be because someone forced my hand to do it.
> 2. FireStats supports a wide range of other systems, and it does not
> make any sense to host it in wp.org.
> 3. I already have my own infrastructure that I am happy with (SVN, Trac,
> Wiki, Demo etc). I am not going to throw all this.
> and finally - I already have my own version check mechanism, so I am not
> too worried about users not being aware of new versions.
> I can make just the WordPress plugin file be GPL; host it on wp,org, and
> require that users will install FireStats separately (and in fact I
> already support this installation mode - it's called Satellite
> installation), but this makes installation harder for users, so it's not
> a real option.
> I think it's appropriate to allow creating Plugin pages without hosting
> the plugins.
> Ideally it will also be possibly to update the information via some
> protocol (XMLRPC?), to allow easy integration with other repositories.
>     Omry.
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