Introducing usability rating

We recently introduced a new feature where we mention the usability rating of plugin on the plugin card. Here’s how it looks:

wpplugincheck usability report

As we explore more plugins, we realized there needs to be a separation of how we review plugins based on its targeted userbase.

For example, you can’t compare something like Login Designer with something more technical like Airpress. Both plugins have completely seperate user bases. Login Designer is more oriented towards everyday users who don’t code whereas Airpress is more targeted towards technical users who have experience mucking around in PHP.

The usability ratings are in 5 sections:

  1. Mainly User oriented – These plugins have no API interface whatsoever, and probably have an admin page for designing elements.
  2. Mostly User oriented – These plugins may have a small API offering although documentation could be spare. Shortcodes could be supported.
  3. Oriented towards both Users and Developers – Most plugins fall in this category. They may have screens for designing elements. They would also have a fairly comprehensive API as well as developer oriented features such as json import/export, compatibility with custom field plugins, etc.
  4. Mostly Developer oriented – These plugins may have a editing screen for setting plugin options but you’ll need to write some code to get the most out of the plugin.
  5. Mainly Developer oriented – You’ll definitely need to write code to use these plugins. Some plugins may not even have an admin page.

This feature is just a small part of our long term vision. In the future you can search for plugins via filters such as usability reports, categories, tags, custom database tables, etc.

We also plan to introduce charts where you can plot plugin data with all the metadata we currently have. Stay tuned for more updates.