WooThemes announced the release of WooCommerce 2.1 “Peppy Penguin” today. Major changes include a REST API, a new look for the admin panel to match the WordPress 3.8 UI, improved reporting tools, and responsive default templates.
Even when leaving bad WordPress plugin reviews, there are ways to do it in a good way. I’d like to talk about how to leave a quality bad review a little.
Enemies are trouble and tear you down. Friends support you and build you up. Building a friendship is not easy, especially when the potential friend could just as easily be your enemy. But it’s a worthwhile endeavor and a lasting investment.
Good ideas for the future of data disclosed to plugin authors using the wordpress.org repository:
1) Identify surges of unhappy users reacting to a bad release — and the opposite, happier outcome.
2) Use pageview analytics to estimate total potential user interest and conversion rates.
3) Assess a plugin’s performance with the .org search algorithm, the quality of releases, and plugin incompatibility as well as PHP compatibility issues.
4) Collect significant user behavior data anonymously without phoning home.
5) Just reveal all the raw data with privacy options for individual authors — no interpretive analysis on wordpress.org.
BONUS: Let’s take this discussion somewhere else!
WordPress 4.2.4 was released and auto-updated in the last 24 hours, thankfully to seemingly little attention (other than perhaps a bit of update fatigue). And that’s a good thing. According to the announcement post, the release addresses six different issues. The most interesting thing I learned with this release is from a comment Gary Pendergast…
Recently, a friend asked me what I recommended for a super simple Google Maps plugin. I didn’t have a good answer. Plugins I’d seen were either just widgets, or had too much going on. Somehow I had overlooked Pippin Williamson’s Google Maps Shortcode plugin. It’s simple, caches the maps with the transients API, and works…
Pickle is a project by Jason Schuller that offers both a hosted and self-hosted solution for WordPress restaurants. It’s heavily focused on design and simplicity. I can’t help but wonder why there is so much focus on restaurants in this space. I’m all about hosted WordPress. I think it’s the future, as I said when Evermore…