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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.

managewp.org/plugins/best

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

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Olaf Lederer

Nice feature! I found a bug for both form fields:
- search shows a list for (I guess) the forst letter, but I can't enter a search value
- custom tag: I can enter some value but nothing happens

My config is FF on Ubuntu 12.04

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Vladimir Prelovac

Thanks Olaf!

- Search works by selecting one of the autocomplete matches (there are no search results)
- Custom tag: hit Enter after typing in the tag.

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Olaf Lederer

The tag feature works this way, but the search does nothing in FF. It's a browser bug, since it works with chrome

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Vladimir Prelovac

Ok thanks, will look into it!

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Shrinivas Naik

Hi Vladimir, plugin discovery tool by manageWP is a pretty well designed web app to search through the Wordpress plugins, I found it easy to find the required plugin with ratings and comparing features. it would be nice if "Search" input comes in the center just after the navigation covering the whole page in my opinion.

Thanks for the nice tool..

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Tobias Schutter

Looks and works great! Finally a tool which objectively displays plugins in a top x list.

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Matt Medeiros

Download counts seem to be off?

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Vladimir Prelovac

The stats are gathered weekly, so there can be a small difference to wordpress.org repo.

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Matt Medeiros

Our plugin, Note, seems to be off by about 2+ weeks. ManageWP system shows 330 downloads, .org is at 1,110+

managewp.org/plugins/details/note

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Vladimir Prelovac

Sync is scheduled for tomorrow so it should be back on track.

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Matt Medeiros

got it!

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Nate Wright

Great tool and I like that you're going for an overall quality rating. A couple thoughts on that (surprise surprise!):

1. How are you generating the Support rating? It appears to be just based on threads marked Resolved. However, this has problems for plugin authors (like myself) who actively use the support forums to and the Resolved label to track requests.

One of my plugins gets far more support requests. I respond to every single one, but only mark it Resolved if a bug fix is awaiting deployment or the user has not responded for a week. It gets unfairly penalized for this practice compared (80.77%) compared to another plugin, which gets far fewer support requests and so generally doesn't have many unresolved requests at any given time (100%).

I'd love to see the following factors used in weighting the result:

a. Has an author replied? (This could penalize companies with multiple support techs, so maybe check if any second party has replied to a support request.)

b. Don't count requests in the last 1/2/3/4 weeks so that plugin authors have a chance to respond appropriately.

c. Weight the rest of the requests based on age so the number reflects reasonably current behaviour.

d. If your plugin discovery tool becomes widely used, this metric is very open to abuse, unfortunately.

2. I'd love to know how the Plugin and Author Popularity numbers are generated.

3. Last Updated should have a minimum threshold (1-2 months) under which a 100% value is given. Too frequent updates is not necessarily a sign of quality, and there's no reason to suggest a plugin updated in the last week is more valuable than a plugin updated in the last month. I suspect with the current system you'd see plugin rankings shift around a lot based on different update schedules. (Actually, I think this is the most contentious component of the ranking. Some plugins do not need updates and shouldn't get them.)

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Vladimir Prelovac

Hi Nate

Thanks for your comments.

1. It is based on threads marked resolved. It is easiest to do, gives some sense of effort and is lightest on resources. To do any of the three things that you suggested we would need to additionally crawl (millions of) support threads themselves. It is just not efficient.


2. Plugin downloads are weighted against all other plugin downloads. 100% would be if you were number #1 plugin by downloads.

Author popularity is the same but all plugins of the author weighted against all other plugin authors.

3. Last updated have a threshold of 1 month (for 100% score) then it gradually drops down to zero for plugins updated two years ago.

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Nate Wright

Thanks Vladimir! You're right, my last plugin update was just over a month ago so I hadn't noticed the threshold.

Quick followup on Plugin and Author popularity. Is it based on the percentile (ie - at 40% it means that 60% of plugins have more downloads)? Or a different weight?

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Vladimir Prelovac

Its not linear as most WP plugins have less than 1000 downloads (like 70%). So we tweaked it a bit but still work in progress if you ask me. Feel free to suggest.

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Nate Wright

Sounds good. I was just curious what was behind it. Thanks for answering my queries!

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Marvelous!

This will enable others to become more successful with WordPress (myself included). I really like the custom filter option, the Ajax loading plus stats!

Thanks brothaman for this batman belt utility.

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Ariel Rule

I'll be adding a post to WPEka about this soon :-). I'm excited to the spread the word a bit!

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