[wp-hackers] WordPress Plugin GUID

Lloyd Budd lloydomattic at gmail.com
Thu Jun 4 23:10:09 GMT 2009

> 2009/6/4 Ozh <ozh at planetozh.com>:
>> Yeah but... if two plugins have the same name, won't they be given the
>> same guids too by their respective authors?

No method would be fool proof or sabotage proof. On the surface it
would seem plugin name + [other detail] would be unique enough, but
likely are surprisingly fragile.

It really only matters for plugins in wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 3:55 PM, John Blackbourn
<johnbillion+wp at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think the point Lloyd is making is that the Extend URL is a GUID itself.
> Couldn't the "Plugin URL" field just be used as the GUID? No need to
> add another field to the readme.txt file then. Maybe use something
> like the Author Name as a fallback if the Plugin URL isn't present?

Many authors have a shared (landing) page for all of their plugins.
The proposal is saying that wp.org URL for the plugin is explicitly
part of the description for a plugin to get updates.

Actually including it in plainer language might be a better idea,
because would also encourage users from downloading (manually
updating) directly from WordPress.org without disrupting the authors
use of Plugin URI. Maybe something like "WordPress.org Page" Or is the
developer info intrinsic to GUID better?


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