[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #46763: Improve plugin search results with already active plugins

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Wed Apr 3 21:41:44 UTC 2019

#46763: Improve plugin search results with already active plugins
 Reporter:  joostdevalk  |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  Plugins      |     Version:
 Severity:  normal       |  Resolution:
 Keywords:               |     Focuses:  ui, administration

Comment (by jb510):

 Replying to [comment:22 Ipstenu]:
 > Honestly, give me a beer and I can argue both sides of this. BUT. It's
 pretty clear the way we have been doing it (showing them inline) is
 resulting in people installing a larger amount of plugins than may be
 needed, which increases the potential for plugin/theme conflicts.
 > (I don't buy into the 'too many plugins is always bad!' mythos)

 I agree, both sides can be argued.  I'm clearly on one side (highlight
 inline), but it's because I think the other side (top billing) has more
 cons then pros.

 Just like one can argue that it is better to have 20 tightly focused
 plugins where you can turn 1 of them off or replace it in case of a
 conflict, rather than to find out you have a conflict with one plugin you
 are using for 20 different things around your site.

 There's lots and lots of ways to look at it.

 I agree that the current inline method is too subtle.  Active plugins
 should get a more striking design to highlight they're installed.  As a
 bonus, already installed plugins could customize their design and/or copy,
 as long as it stuck within the current search result wrapper.

 I think that would go a long way to helping users, without the harm I
 believe top placement will bring.  It also prevents things getting
 promoted up from the 4th or 5th page because they're not really good at
 what is being search for.  That too avoids the otherwise inevitable
 "stuffing" of features that is bound to come.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/46763#comment:23>
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