Presentation to WordPress Winnipeg Meetup Group March 7, 2012 on How to Evaluate & Select a WordPress Plugin ---- NOTE: Some of the arrows are not pointing correctly following the Slideshare file import.
WordPress Plugin Selection How to Evaluate & Select a WordPress Plugin for ____________________ [Your Requirement Here]Presentation for Winnipeg Wordpress Meetup – Brent Toderash, March 7, 2012
WordPress Plugin Repository (Logged In) Rating & Other Critical Information Search the Repo with Google
Google Search General Terms + “wordpress plugin” Ads: Assume Paid Plugin First Actual Result? WordPress Plugin Repository
Google Search Result #1 Preview: WordPress Plugin Repository
Google Search Result #2 Preview: Plugin Site Note: - Domain - Not a Personal Site
Google Search Result (Other) Of Dubious Practical Value Plugin on Personal Site A Sales Pitch: Really?
Some Trusted Plugin Authors- Automattic- Alex King / Crowd Favorite- Joost de Valk (“Yoast”)- Andrew Nacin - Automattic WordPress Team- Justin Tadlock - WordPress Contriubutors- Brad Williams - Former Contributors- Ozh Richard - Professional Developers- Scribu - WordPress Experts & Community Members- Mark Jaquith- Otto - daveligthart.com/top-1000-wordpress-plugin-authors/- Matt Weibe / Modern Tribe- Nick Ohrn
Advanced Evaluation Criteria- WP Coding Standards Used? (“Doing things the WordPress Way”)- Responsive Support (Are they in the forums?)- Sensible Support Responses (chmod 777 = BAD!)- Namespacing (Class & Function Prefixes)- Internationalization (Supports Translation)- Plugin Version Number (Check the Changelog!)
Basic Evaluation Criteria- Is this the authors first plugin? Why did they write it?- Are there multiple contributors?- How is it rated in the WordPress Repository?- How frequently is it updated?- When was the most recent update?- How many downloads?- What are people saying in the support forums?- Is the solution simple or complex?- Does it import/export data, if applicable?- Does it uninstall cleanly?- Does it support internationalization?- Screenshots- Readme file- Options page- Plugin authors site (is s/he still using it?)- Is it released under the GPL?