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PlugIntelligence 0.5 Released

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PlugIntelligence had a minor patch release today (which in retrospect should have been version 0.4.1).

The new patch fixes a warning that would come up whenever a fresh install of the plugin was being used for the first time. The database options field was not initialized. This would add an entry to the server log file. The problem went away after saving the options for the first time.

What is PlugIntelligence?

This is a free plugin that works within your WordPress admin panel to restrict the results that are returned from the WordPress plugin directory when doing a plugin search.    By default every plugin that matches the keywords you enter will be returned, regardless of age or quality.

This plugin allows you to set parameters on several key metrics including:

Minimum plugin rating (0 = 0 stars, 80 = 4 stars, 100 = perfect 5-star rating).

Maximum plugin rating.

Minimum number of ratings.

Minimum tested version.  This is one of my favorites as it is a simple way to weed out older plugins that are likely no longer in active development.

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PlugIntelligence Updated

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PlugIntelligence was updated to version 0.3 to add an easy on/off switch for the WordPress plugin filter system.     Prior versions required you to disable the plugin if you wanted to disable the plugin listing filters implemented by PlugIntelligence.

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PlugIntelligence Main Settings

About PlugIntelligence

After years of searching through thousands of WordPress plugins, trying to sort out the 5-star from the 1-star listings, those that were not tested on the most recent version of WordPress and other filters,  I decided it was time to make my plugin search a bit easier.    Since the WordPress plugin manager already has a way to retrieve both basic and detailed plugin information directly to my WordPress site admin panel, I figured there must be a way to do some more intelligent filtering of plugin data when doing my searches.

Turns out there is a way.    And this is my first stab at it.   If enough people are interested in the plugin I’ll even add more advanced features like listing and filtering based on number of downloads, reviews, and more.

 

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Daily Update : Debug My Plugin / PlugIntelligence / Store Locator Plus

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I’ve been trying to get back into the “coding rhythm” after a lot of distractions recently.   Helping out at my son’s school swim lessons.  Counseling friends and family on business matters, family matters.  Business trips and other things that are very non-techie.     I’ve managed to get a few things done over the past week, despite only having a few hours here & there for coding.

Debug My Plugin

I just put out an update to Debug My Plugin, the Debug Bar add-on.   The most recent update adds the ability to create multiple panels within Debug Bar each with a different label.  This makes it easy to not only break up the debugging output into functional elements on the UI but also allows multiple plugins on the same site to use Debug My Plugin without co-mingling the debug output into one “dump screen”.

This is a new tool that I’ve been using to make debugging all my plugins, including Store Locator Plus, less intrusive in the user interface.    If you ever have the urge to check it out you can install Debug Bar and the Debug My Plugin add-on.    When you run Store Locator Plus you will see extra panels being added to the Debug button on the Debug Bar admin bar.     I only have a few panels in at the moment, but eventually all debugging will go into the Debug Bar interface.   It eliminates the UI clutter, which is very helpful when debugging UI issues.    It is also lighter than the custom debugging system that is wrapping inside the wpCSL framework that Store Locator Plus uses.     If you do try this out,  don’t do so on a public or production site.  It does slow things down a little and if your users have admin interface access of any sort they may be able to see internal data you may not want them seeing.

PlugIntelligence

This is a plugin I created with a few hours of coding the other night.   It allows me to filter out the plugin search results from within my WordPress sites.    I use this to cut down on the “junk plugins” that WordPress returns.    The most useful filter I have in this plugin is “minimum tested version of WordPress”.   I’ve found that any plugin that has not been tested since the 3.3 release is very likely unsupported and not in active development.  For some searches this filters out a LOT of plugins I don’t want to look at.

The most recent release shows what filter parameters are set to on the top of every plugin search page.

A future update I’d like to add some day is the ability to turn the filters on/off with the “flick of a switch” right from the plugin search/results page.   Someday.

Store Locator Plus

I’ve done a couple of small patches for Store Locator Plus 3.11.2 that is coming out next week.   A CSS rule in default.css has been updated to fix positioning of the radius drop down menu on some themes.

The other new feature, which some people have been asking for, is the ability to use a shortcode to set the initial search radius for “immediately show locations”.

Woocommerce Premium Plugins System

This is a new add-on pack that I am writing for my own selfish reasons.   I need a way to support the Enterprise Subscriptions model that I’ve discussed on this blog before.    The only way to do that is to keep track of both the product and the VERSION of the product that people have ordered.    However there is NO PRODUCT that I can find on the WordPress eCommerce market that provides the feature set I need.   I’ve spoken to WooThemes, Cart66, and Easy Digital Downloads.  They all “get it” but nobody can offer a solution.

So I decided to write my own.  This is where most of my efforts are these days.

The goal is to great the Enterprise Subscriptions and then the Crowdfunding plugin so that I can generate enough income from the plugin sales to build out a lot of the cool new features people have been asking for.   While this is a distraction in the short term, in the long run I am hoping it provides the features I need on this site to support long term ongoing development of the Store Locator Plus ecosystem and spawns growth in some of the other plugins I have listed here.     If I can get this done properly that means I can contract some other programmers to help expedite the features that people are looking for.

With any luck I’ll have something cobbled together an usable within a few weeks.