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Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#42879 new defect (bug)

Invent a “Recommended Tools” section

Reported by: johnjamesjacoby's profile johnjamesjacoby Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Administration Keywords: 2nd-opinion
Focuses: administration Cc:


We have recommended plugins and themes, and while most tools are just plugins in disguise, the importers have had the limelight for a bit too long.

There are a bunch of handy WordPress tools that deserve some attention, and a dedicated box/page/something under the Tools menu in WP Admin would help bring attention to them.

Change History (2)

#1 @johnjamesjacoby
7 years ago

Here are a few ideas:

  • WP Crontrol
  • Transients Manager
  • WP CLI
  • Support Me
  • Regenerate Thumbnails
  • Debug Bar
  • Query Monitor
  • User Switching

In my imagination, this section would be hidden behind the same install_plugins capability, or maybe a mapped install_tools cap if there isn’t one already.

#2 @dd32
7 years ago

Personally I don't feel like these deserve a dedicated 'section' such as tools, and treating them as anything other than what they really are, plugins, feels a little weird to me.

I personally feel that this would be better surfaced through what was termed "Plugin Categories", perhaps with a more curated listing rather than purely plugin author tagging
For example,

  • The 'Development' category would include Debug Bar, Transients Manager, WP CLI, Query Monitor, etc.
  • The Site Management category might have WP CLI, User Switching, etc.
  • The Widgets category would have a range of plugins which add widgets
  • The Editing category would have a bunch of plugins which add Gutenberg blocks, Sliders, Ad blocks, etc.

That all said, If there were say a Widgets category, you'd expect that you'd be able to quickly get into that 'Add plugins from the Widget category' view from the widgets screen somehow.

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