WordPress plugin popularity has always been pretty tough to figure out. We only had download counts or independent, third party website scrapers to tell us anything. Now, WordPress.org itself has more data that’s being tested and launched to give us real insight into the popularity of WordPress plugins.
BuddyPress 1.9, “Sammy” was released last night, and for the first time in two years added a new component: notifications. Sarah Gooding has done a nice job on WP Tavern highlighting the various details of the release.
In reaction to as yet unpublicized details about the abuse of active install data in the WordPress.org plugin repository, the charts displaying that data have been removed from plugin pages in a move expected to be temporary. Important (and some familiar) questions are emerging as this story unfolds: how to balance the values of openness, security, and privacy as well as cooperation and competition at WordPress.org — still the central hub for WordPress plugin businesses.
BuddyPress 8.0 will introduce personalized membership invitations and a new notification email that will automatically welcome new members into your community. 🤝
The witty and charismatic lead of the BuddyPress and bbPress projects, John James Jacoby, recently announced leaving Automattic. Now reveals he’s joined Team 10up.