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WordPress Launches Plugin Compatibility Beta

Before, there was no way of finding out whether your plugins would still be compatible if you would upgrade your WordPress other than crossing your fingers and trying it out for yourself. If no problems were encountered then, hooray, lucky you. If problems did arise then you have no choice but to revert back to the previous version and hope that the plugin developers would make haste in making their plugin compatible.

This is the main reason why most people are afraid to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress. Thank God WordPress is always on the lookout for better ways of making things easier for its community. Alas, comes the birth of the Plugin Compatibility Beta.

Compatibility Check

If you would drop by the WordPress Plugin Directory you would notice that there is a new section titled “Compatibility” found on the right sidebar of every plugin homepage . This is a new feature that aims to help inform people on whether a version of a plugin is compatible on a particular version of WordPress based on the votes casted by those who have already tested it.

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So if you’re not sure whether you should upgrade, just check out the Plugin compatibility consensus of the plugins your using. Though it doesn’t tell us exactly what made the plugin incompatible, at least it gives us a good overview on whether we should continue the upgrade or not.

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Of course, this feature would not work without the input of the community as it is mainly powered by votes. If you do happen to experience any problems with your plugins, then please take the time to inform everyone else! All you have to do is to go to the Plugin’s page and log in to vote.

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The voting process is simple. Just specify the version of WordPress and the plugin and click on whether it is “broken” or if it “works”. After that, WordPress would automatically log your vote and it will be added to the “consensus” along with the votes of other users.

WordPress warns users, however, that this feature should not be used to report any minor issues with the plugin. You should only vote “Broken” if the plugin is indeed broken to the point that it is unusable or causes problems with your blog. Otherwise, it might give an inaccurate consensus.


Plugin Compatibility is still in Beta so we should expect more improvements to their system soon. I am hoping that Worpdress would soon integrate this inside the WordPress Dashboard for easy access.

More power to WordPress and its community!

What do you think about this new feature? Do you have any other suggestions that could make it better?

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  1. Jason Diehl says: 11/6/2009

    This seems like a good idea but it’s going to rely on people adding to the data. If I go download a plugin and it doesn’t work, do I really want to spend the time to go back and make it as not working? Well, yeah I probably will, but how many others? It’s interesting though.

    I really like your idea of integrating it into the Dashboard, what would be even more beneficial would be integrating the ability to vote in the dashboard. Before I deactivate the plugin I could hit the broken button letting others know, then delete it and go on with my day. Very simple for the users to contribute to this data.

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  2. Richard Neil Ilagan says: 11/6/2009

    With the influx of WordPress upgrades here and there, it’s definitely hard to keep up with plugins and whatnot, especially for sites that like to plow those plugins in. Tools like this make it so much easier, especially for the ones who really don’t have the time to wade through technical documentation only to figure out whether their site/s will run OK after the latest patch.

    I really can’t think of any practical WordPress implementation that wouldn’t benefit from this. Hopefully, the underlying idea behind this also paves the way for similar tools in the future.

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  3. Karlo Licudine says: 11/6/2009

    @Jason Diehi. Yes, this is a system that would rely heavily on the community. Even if not everyone logs their input, there would still be some who would, which I think would be enough for the feature to really help others.

    @Richard Neil Ilagan, I agree. This feature, albeit small and simple, is very beneficial to all, both user and plugin developer.

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  4. Cenay : Wordpress Blogging Coach says: 11/6/2009

    I guess I need to stop using Plugin Central and head on over to the main WordPress site so I can see if a plugin is compatible before trying to install it.

    It’s a great idea, I just hope that others will take the time to let others know what versions they are using and if they had a problem.

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  5. Roy Thomsitt says: 8/12/2011

    I have to say I am now reluctant to upgrade to new versions of WordPress because of the compatibility problem. They seem to have come thick and fast recently and I have been caught out with a couple of plugins. I try to keep plugins to a minimum these days.

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  6. Emma James says: 8/17/2011

    The key here is for users to use the vote process as without the user community this would be a lot more difficult and frustrating

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  7. Thomas says: 10/3/2011

    Karlo, if you say: “So if you’re not sure whether you should upgrade, just check out the Plugin compatibility consensus of the plugins your using.”, you are leaving out another important reason to upgrade: security issues. Any plugins that stop working after an update of WordPress is annoying, sure, but that should not stop you from updating WP. Getting your site hacked because of security issues is even worse than a plugin that stops functioning well.

    If the developer of the plugin is anywhere serious about his/her work, the plugin will be updated in no time (or even before the WP upgrade). If not, you can consider that plugin to become obsolete anyhow at some time in the future. Voting by the community is something I would consider to be useful before installing a plugin.

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  8. Peter The Musician says: 11/2/2011

    Compatibility has its own advantages. For one, it helps the user to check out whether or not the plug-in is compatible with the new version of WP. This comes handy because users like me will not keep on guessing anymore if a plug-in works with what version of WP.

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  9. Tim Charles says: 11/6/2011

    How I wish Compatibility can also figure out why the plug-in is not compatible with WordPress. In general, it is very useful for WordPress-based site owners.

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  10. Jim Stein says: 11/8/2011

    I don’t want to seem extremely limited and Word Press is great but there’s too many plug ins. I think you can spend too much times on plugs in trying to cut corners and save time. Word Press is an awesome solution for a small business owners like myself setting up a website. We have a auto repair business in Fairfax VA.

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  11. Dean Kirkland says: 12/27/2011

    I love the fact that we have this kind of feedback direct from the user community…VERY helpful.

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  12. Monica says: 3/3/2012

    I love WP. I have been using for past 4 years and not planning to switch. I don’t really get what is this Compatibility plugin for? could some one explain a little better? Thank you

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  13. Abigail Moore says: 5/10/2012

    Nice informative post, I particularly liked the compability check section.
    It has really been helpful. Thanks

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  14. David G says: 5/15/2012

    Hi Monica, this feature has been launched for years but I don’t see it much useful. It’s displayed on the WordPress plugin download pages. When you try to download a new plugin from WordPress.org, you will see it

    David

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