Hi I am Enej, the project lead for the new Plugin Browser for Jetpack sites. I’m excited to show you what we’ve been working on, and hear what you think of the ability to manage plugins on your Jetpack-powered WordPress.org sites from right here on WordPress.com.
What is it?
The new plugin browser lets you find and install plugins from the WordPress.org plugin directory. You can search for keywords or browse within Featured, New and Popular categories. If you’ve got plugins on your site that you no longer need, then this update also lets you remove (delete) those plugins from your sites. You can still activate/deactivate plugins, and turn on (or off) auto-updates as well.
As part of the plugin browser project we have added more details to the single plugin view, which now surfaces reviews and ratings from the WordPress community, as well as the full description, changelog and other information specified by the plugin author.
- Searching for a plugin from the WordPress.org plugin repository
- Installing a plugin directly from the WordPress.org plugin repository
- Removing (deleting) a plugin from your site
- Browsing Featured, New and Popular plugin categories
- New information/layout on the single plugin view
- Improved support for Multi-site WordPress.org installations
What to test:
You will need a Jetpack connected site to test these new features. Make sure you’ve got Jetpack installed and connected on a test site, and then activate the Manage module.
- Are you able to install your favourite plugin on the site by searching for it in the browser?
- Is there any information missing from the plugin page that would be helpful?
- Are you able to remove plugins from your site?
- Any bugs or frustration you feel while using it?
- Does the flow between pages make sense? Is there anything confusing?
How to test:
- Go to My Sites on Horizon and click on Add next to Plugins in the sidebar.
- Search for a plugin that you want to install on one of your Jetpack sites and figure out how to install it. The plugin should be installed, activated and set to autoupdate right away. Check in the wp-admin of your site to confirm that the plugin was installed and activated.
- Try removing the same plugin that you just installed or a different one that you don’t want to keep anymore. Confirm in wp-admin that it was in fact removed.
- Try going to My Sites and selecting a specific site, then go through the plugin install process again and see if it makes sense.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about these changes in the comments of this post. Feel free to post multiple times if you’ve got a lot to say. What could we do to make this more useful? Do you think you’ll use this feature to manage your plugins? Why? Why not?
We are going to gather feedback about the plugin browser for the next 2 weeks, so until
September 24th September 28th.