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#50735 new feature request

Plugins Screen: introduce plugin types

Reported by: jeherve Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Plugins Keywords:
Focuses: ui, administration Cc:


The Plugin Block Directory is a new feature coming in WordPress 5.5 that allows specially-written Block Plugins to be instantly and seamlessly installed in the editor, without ever leaving the page.

-- https://make.wordpress.org/plugins/2020/07/11/you-can-now-add-your-own-plugins-to-the-block-directory/

WordPress 5.5 will make it easier for folks to install block plugins, as they edit their posts and pages. As a result, and as the block directory becomes more and more popular, I assume the average number of plugins installed on a WordPress site will increase. On the Plugins screen UI we know, we'll see a mix of "regular" plugins as well as block plugins.

I wonder if we should consider making some changes to the Plugins Screen UI to clearly separate the 2 plugin types.

  • This would help site owners quickly skim through their plugin list.
  • It would help them understand how a specific plugin was added to the site.
  • It may help them manage their plugin autoupdates (one could imagine a scenario where you'd want block plugins, including little PHP, to be automatically updated while "regular" plugins would require a manual update).

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