The plugin repository of WordPress.org, which now houses over 19,000 WordPress plugins has today received a much deserved overhaul. First thing, each plugin now has its own support fourm, now when you visit the plugin directory, you'll notice that threads about a plugin are pulled directly into a "support" tab on the plugin page, posted Matt Mullenweg.
And, to show how active and well-supported a plugin is, you can see "16 of 75 support threads in the last two weeks have been resolved."
Plugin authors now has bigger Gravatars and better placement.
Finally, if you're logged in, you'll now get access to the new "favorites" feature that lets you mark the plugins you use the most so you can share them on your profile page and find them quickly later.
WordPress.org team says, since the favorites launch a few days ago, there've already been 2,000 saved!
Here's a quick before and after snapshot: (click to zoom-in)
"For plugin author, the team started with a short threshold (2 weeks) for the resolved stats, it'll eventually go to two months. Authors can also set stickies on their plugin forum to put FAQs or important information at the top, and can put any person as a committer on the plugin with moderation access. Forum users will now see athors custom header and links to the other resources attached to your plugin," Mullenweg said.
- ""Plugin headers" or those cool graphics you see at the top of plugin pages have really taken off, there are over 1,600 active now.
- You can now subscribe to get an email whenever a commit is made to a plugin repository even if it isn't yours. There is no better way to follow the development of your favorite plugins. There's nothing like the smell of fresh changesets in the morning.
- Behind the scenes, we've dramatically ramped up proactive scanning of the entire repository to help authors fix security and other problems they might not even know about yet. The quality level of the repo has gone way, way up," Mullenweg informed.