ManageWP.org Plugin Discovery Tool has launched!Dec. 16, 2014
I am very happy to announce that we are launching the newest addition to the ManageWP.org site - the super-cool Plugin Discovery Tool.
Unlike 5 years ago, currently it is very hard for new plugins and plugin authors to build a name for themselves among the thousands of others. Yet, great plugins are being built each day.
Continuing with our mission to place the lesser known members of the community under the spotlight, the plugin discovery tool has the main goal to expose the best new plugins to the wider audience. Explore best new plugins in two categories under 100,000 downloads and the very new rising stars up to 5,000 downloads. The lists are updated and recreated every week so hopefully we will finally reduce the need for those repetitive top xxx plugins of the month type of posts.
That is not all, you can browse top lists of all WordPress plugins, get detailed information about them and even compare two plugins. Finally we introduced a Plugin Quality metric, which takes into account 7 different metrics to calculate the final score. This should help look beyond downloads and ratings to other things that matter like the dynamic of plugin updates, WordPress compatibility, handling support forums...
We used some pretty cool technology to achieve all this, and as you can see the page load times for the results are so fast you won't believe it.
In the future we have plans for an open API, including known security issues to plugin pages (via integration with WP Vulnerability database), allow plugin authors to edit their plugin page to add link to premium support and much more...
Last but not least, I would like to ask the members of this community to help spread the word about the new tool. Specifically if you run a news publishing site, or a blog or happen to write for one, this is a great opportunity. Thank you!
ps. I wrote a more detailed preview of the tool here: managewp.com/managewporg-plugin-discovery-tool