The new Plugin Repository went live earlier this week. After several iterations, the team released the finished product earlier this week. In general, the entire repo looks cleaner, and provides more intuitive user experience. The homepage has a big search box right at the top, making it much easier to navigate.
The new site features new navigation that draws attention to “Featured Plugins” and “Popular Plugins.” It even includes a new “Beta Plugins” section, where developers can test out their new product and get feedback.
The plugin profiles also changed. Now, instead of toggling between tabs to see developers and reviews, just scroll down and see everything you need to know in one place.
So far a lot of the community seems to be as excited as we are about the changes.
The new plugin repository has a “Search THIS forum”. This is new, right? I love it! You rock, @WordPress meta team! Thank you!? pic.twitter.com/zb8IrTmxg8
— Alvaro Gómez Velasco (@Mrfoxtalbot) March 29, 2017
i like the new design for the wordpress plugin repository. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/ZqdLb7j6a1
— Tom McFarlin (@tommcfarlin) December 8, 2016
The new WP Plugin Directory Design is LIVE. Overall and BIG improvement, still room for tweaks though. Check it out.https://t.co/qXvRrEvs8c
— Matt Cromwell ?✝️ (@learnwithmattc) March 28, 2017
The new WordPress Plugins page design is live!!!!! I love it! https://t.co/TuHQgk4O5E
— Russell Aaron (@enqueue_russ) March 28, 2017
However, not everyone was as pleased with the changes. In a post on the Advanced WordPress Facebook group, developers expressed their concerns.
These include a missing stats section, the developers and contributors aren’t listed in any particular order like they were before, and you have to hit Read More to see the entire description, which could hide important links. Most of the commenters were worried about losing the tab format, thinking users could miss important information.
Everyone agreed the page looked cleaner overall, and as always the WordPress Repository team is happy to hear any feedback.
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