WordPress.org plugins can be favorited, improved forum integration


If you spend any time on the WordPress.org plugin directory (or heard us talking about it on any of WPCandy’s podcasts last week) then you likely noticed a few updates. Matt Mullenweg described the tweaks himself over on the WordPress.org news blog, which is worth reading if you want to know the thinking behind the changes.

Briefly, the updates included:

  • Support forum threads are now pulled into their own tab, complete with the plugin’s header graphic at the top (assuming your plugin uses one of these).
  • Logged in users can now favorite plugins, which will display on their WordPress.org profile page.
  • Plugin authors are back in the right sidebar, and styled a bit nicer than before.
  • The plugin sidebar also includes the number of forum threads resolved in the last couple of weeks to help and point out active plugins.

If you’d like to take a look at these updates in action, check out the BuddyPress plugin page for an example, complete with header image.

The WordPress.org team completed the updates last week (along with the latest addition to Audrey Capital) during a BBQ week in Memphis. As Matt said in his post:

This is why WordCamps usually have BBQ – it imparts magical coding powers.

Had you noticed the updates to the plugin directory before seeing the announcement, or this post? Let us know what you think of them in the comments.

2 thoughts on “WordPress.org plugins can be favorited, improved forum integration

  1. He didn’t mention it in the post, but that “Developers” tab is new too. It’s a place to pull together all the useful development links for a plugin.

    It also has a totally new feature, which is to let anybody subscribe to commits of a plugin via email. This email-on-commit is something that plugin committers get automatically, now we let anybody subscribe to those easily.

  2. Pretty amped to see the new features.

    The entire “extend” area of WP.org still needs more love, plenty of work to do. Just the matter of available resources and what is a priority.

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