The WordPress Plugin Directory is due for an update. While it’s great for getting information about specific plugins, it’s not so great for browsing. The lack of filtering, and the poor quality of relevance results are two of the main reasons. I’m proposing a revamp of the plugin directory.
Meet the Plugin Directory prototype: http://plugins.
Sorting alone isn’t ideal for finding the right plugin out of thousands. Filtering lets you narrow the results, finding plugins that might not have otherwise been discovered. The prototype includes such filters as: minimum rating, minimum downloads, last updated, and even compatibility (“find plugins compatible with WordPress 3.5”).
2. Improved relevancy search
The relevancy search needs to be smarter. On wordpress.org, only the title, description, and tags are factored into the results. On the prototype site, additional variables are weighed in, including freshness (based on days since last update), rating, and weekly downloads.
3. “Trending” sort
Trending is an idea for showcasing “rising star” or “back from the dead” plugins that aren’t necessarily the most downloaded. It’s based on a ratio of a plugin’s recent downloads, compared to its download history.
The ultimate goal of this project is to encourage improvements to wordpress.org. This is a working prototype, and all information is pulled from WordPress APIs. The prototype site is being continually improved, so any feedback is welcomed.