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It’s not the 20th Century Anymore

Consumed => “How to Protect Yourself from Rogue WordPress Plugins” by Charles Costa on SitePoint.

=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…

Three thoughts to share:

1) The problem with the current plugin rating setup is that the ratings are release-centric. That is v1.0.0 could be a 4.5 but v1.7.2 could be a 1. There’s no way of really knowing the 5 was for the older version without scanning on the reviews, etc. WordPress doesn’t really do anything to help you understand the 5 isn’t a 5 any more. That is, the 5 should NOT be counted in the current average because v1.0.0 is not relevant anymore. Agree?

2) The WordPpress plugin update architecture should require, at at least allow for, the ability to collect a rating from the receiving site. I mean, is that really too much to ask?

That is, for example, when you’re going from v1.0.0 to v1.1.0 you should be prompted to rate the previous version. That said, even knowing update stats could also be uber helpful. In theory a plugin’s v1.0.0 could be installed a million times, but if no one updates to v1.1.0 then that’s good data to be aware of. In short, total downloads doesn’t mean squat.

Yes, I know, this would be rating the previous version but at least it’s something. At the very least, what about an architecture that allows giving a rating to then provide additional functionality? There certainly are other possibilities. What are they? Let’s try something. Please?

3) There could / should also be – similar to eBay – a seller’s reputation. That is, if the dev has multiple plugins you should be able to see / know those collective ratings as well. Each of us, one by one going from plujgin A to plugin B and so one to get a sense for quality, should not be what plugin “buyers’ have to do to make good decisions. Buyer’s should also be rated so you can tell which are fake and/or spam.

Bottom line: None of these ideas are original and/or innovative. In 2015, they are for most reputable e-comm paradigms simply common sense. At 10+ years, WordPress is a mature product that is in need of some re-imagining if the quality of the product’s experience is going to not fall off any further. Yes, market share is massive at the moment. But it’s not the 20th century anymore. That is, bigger doesn’t always mean better.

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