With the release of WordPress 2.9 expected over the next weeks, it is time to dig a little deeper and discover new features. Since the translation string freeze no new features will be added anymore. Since some days I noticed on another blog where I run the latest nightly developer build, that the new plugin updater had integrated the WordPress.org plugin compatibility check we mentioned some here some weeks ago.
It seems now that this feature comes to your plugin updater within your blog.
WordPress 2.9 New Plugin Updater Functionalities
But that is not all. Another new and very handy function of WordPress 2.9 is that you have the possibility to upgrade all plugins at once.
Both are nice additions to the built-in core updater of WordPress but sadly the new plugin compatibility check is not implemented platform wide yet. Read More
The WordPress Core Commit Team ended their meeting after WordCamp Orlando and has announced on the development blog that there will be canonical plugins in the future.
What are ‘canonical plugins’?
The first question which comes to mind is ‘What are canonical plugins?‘. The team has provided the following definition:
Canonical plugins would be plugins that are community developed (multiple developers, not just one person) and address the most popular functionality requests with superlative execution. These plugins would be GPL and live in the WordPress.org repo, and would be developed in close connection with WordPress core. There would be a very strong relationship between core and these plugins that ensured that a) the plugin code would be secure and the best possible example of coding standards, and b) that new versions of WordPress would be tested against these plugins prior to release to ensure compatibility.
Canonical plugins will not be developed by one plugin developer anymore but by the community. They will also have their official web presence on the wordpress.org plugin repository instead of on website of the (original) developer.
What does this mean for several plugin developers? If you have a popular plugin and your plugin contains a ‘Donate’ button, be prepared to ditch this button if you want your plugin to be taken in consideration. This would be the case for example for. Arne Brachold’s Google (XML) Sitemap Generator and Donncha’s WP Super Cache plugin.
How to name ‘canonical plugins’?
The team clearly identified that the term canonical rather niche is and asks the community to vote on how these ‘super plugins’ should be categorised/labelled. The entry on the develop blog offers some names for canonical plugins: