What Kind of Plugins are Missing from the WordPress Plugin Marketplace?

A few months ago I asked you about your thoughts on what niches were not exploited within the WordPress theme market.

This time, I’d like to focus on plugins. The question is the same. I’d like to know if you think there are niches which should be served by WordPress plugins but currently aren’t. What functionality did you need and did not find within the WordPress ecosystem?

Over to you!

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About Jean Galea

Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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22 Responses

  1. Matt Cromwell
    Matt Cromwell July 15, 2013 at 22:05 | | Reply

    There are decent event registration plugins, but sometimes you just need a simple RSVP function, not the full paid registration stuff. Lots of small businesses and non-profits hold free events and need to know who wants to come. That’s just the first one I can think of. Interested in what others here will say.

  2. Scott Hack
    Scott Hack July 16, 2013 at 06:56 | | Reply

    We run our RSVP for the monthly WordPress meetings via Camptix, but it doesn’t let you do more than one event.

  3. Patrick
    Patrick July 16, 2013 at 15:04 | | Reply

    I have used Events Made Easy in the past. Have you ever tried that one?

    1. Matt Cromwell
      Matt Cromwell July 17, 2013 at 18:40 | | Reply

      No I haven’t. I’ll check it out sometime for sure.

  4. Jim Isles
    Jim Isles July 16, 2013 at 15:33 | | Reply

    I spent a good few hours recently trying to find a good logo carousel plugin that moves images/logos in a continuous marquee effect for a bespoke theme. I needed one that you could add multiple instances to the same page but couldn’t find one on wordpress.org, Code Canon or Google. In the end I used ‘Image horizontal reel scroll slideshow’ on wordpress.org but I could only add one instance without taking the code apart which I didn’t have time to do. So a nice and easy to use logo carousel plugin with various features like speed control etc. would be great.

  5. aronwp
    aronwp September 9, 2013 at 05:20 | | Reply

    I haven’t been able to find a well coded teamember/bio plugin. There are a few but they don’t play well with themes and require CSS tweeks to look OK. I know its simple r create a CPT but

  6. aronwp
    aronwp September 9, 2013 at 05:24 | | Reply

    Oops… Last message got posted before I finished… Its not hard to create a CPT for a bio page every time but I would prefer a 5 minute bio page setup rather than spending an hour or two coding the functionality out.

  7. Mike Mancini
    Mike Mancini September 9, 2013 at 08:08 | | Reply

    I would like to see more auction type plugins.

  8. Mike Mancini
    Mike Mancini September 9, 2013 at 11:12 | | Reply

    I’ve seen a few auction themes but not a plugin that is easy to set up and looks good. A lot of them look like Windows 95 forms with small pictures. I’m looking for functionality but I need more styling choices, custom fields and custom forms. It should look like a modern blog or portfolio.

  9. Dave Clements
    Dave Clements September 9, 2013 at 13:17 | | Reply

    I recently needed an advertising solution for a WordPress site I was building for a big corporate client. OIOPublisher is good enough for bloggers, but for serious advertisers (online magazine in this case), it just doesn’t cut it, and OIOpublisher is the best WordPress option there is. I had to go outside of WordPress, with OpenX to get what I needed.

  10. Robert Neu
    Robert Neu September 9, 2013 at 11:18 | | Reply

    I feel like it’s a good time for plugins to start dialing into really specific niche areas. There are tons of broad one-size-fits-all solutions for WordPress and more are being created all the time. There are much fewer plugins geared towards very specific use cases.

    I assume this is because people think they’ll be targeting a smaller audience and therefore they’ll make less money or get fewer downloads from the repo. I can understand that viewpoint, but I think that if you laser focus on accomplishing one thing with a plugin, you could do very well if you choose the right niche.

    Here are some examples (some of these have been attempted already)

    Hotel booking systems
    Home and apartment rental management (availability, pricing, photos, floor plans etc)
    Car dealership inventory management
    Industry-specific appointment systems (doctors, lawyers, hair dressers, etc)
    Restaurant menu systems
    Small, local business inventory management/e-commerce

    I’m sure there are more that I’m missing, but I think you get the idea. 🙂

  11. Ed Selby
    Ed Selby October 21, 2013 at 20:33 | | Reply

    It can’t much more simple than a simple “contacts” plugin that allows name, email, phone number, city, state, and notes. There are some commercial plugins, but they have more features than I need.

  12. lacartera
    lacartera November 26, 2013 at 19:02 | | Reply

    Hello Jean, I would love to have a plugin for my mini Etsy shop that works, and a plugin/widget for Pinterest. As my site grows I also would like to find the smaller twitter and facebook icons like you have at the top of your page. Where would I find those? Is it associated with a particular theme page?

  13. G. Calamita (@cypherinfo)
    G. Calamita (@cypherinfo) December 28, 2013 at 04:22 | | Reply

    Hello, the answers are very simple to your question:
    1 – a free advanced database plugin as Fabrik for Joomla;
    2 – a plugin to feature all of the functionalities of a great crisis map application as Ushahidi.

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