Last month, WordPress.org removed the active installs growth chart from plugins, unsettling plugin authors and leaving them with little meaningful data. The Meta team is working hard to provide plugin developers with more accurate and useful data, but it will take some work. Meanwhile, the team behind AyeCode, makers of the GeoDirectory plugin, created a tool to help plugin developers understand how their plugins rank.
“The list of popular plugins is still there (hopefully it won’t be removed or changed),” AyeCode co-founder Paolo Tajani commented on the request to restore the active install growth chart. “As far as I know, the number of active installs is the only ranking factor for the list of popular plugins. I know it’s not ideal, but it’s what it is, and that’s what we have.
“Because wp.org only displayed 99 pages (the first plugin in 1980), we quickly built a website that made these basic statistics available to all plugin authors.”
AyeCode’s WP Rankings website launched a week after the active install growth chart data was pulled. It shows whether the plugin is ranked higher or lower than the previous day, and how many positions it needs to climb to reach the next milestone. The homepage shows the “Top 50 Climbers” for the day, and these can be filtered by the number of active mounts. All data is refreshed daily.
AyeCode builds websites using GeoDirectory plugins, Blockstrap themes, and custom code to get data from the WordPress.org API.
“We also wanted to show that GeoDirectory can easily handle +50k listings with lots of custom fields on a very basic hosting plan,” Tajani said. “Most directory plugins can’t do this.”
Plugins can be searched by tags, so visitors can see how their plugins are growing compared to other plugins using the same tags.
For example, Tajani says he looks at the “Enterprise Directory” tab every day to see how the GeoDirectory plugin is doing. Tajani said the API provides enough information to understand whether a plugin is growing, shrinking or stagnating.
Some of the data in the ranking is fetched from the API and some is calculated, including trends, days until next milestone, number of five stars to next rating, and number of positions in the ranking. next milestone.
Clicking on individual plugin pages provides more graphs of their movement on the list of popular plugins. Data from APIs is remixed in various ways to infer insights. For example, the number of days for the next milestone is based on the plugin’s current growth trend.
Individual plugin pages display a 15-day chart of rank changes, as well as 24-hour and 7-day trends.
The review statistics chart estimates how many 5-star ratings are needed to get to the next level. Another chart tracks 15 days of resolved support threads versus the total number of threads recorded.
The last section shows a list of the plugin’s competitors along with a summary of their rankings and growth trends.
The statistics page shows the number of plugins with up to 5 million installs per active range. Interestingly, there are 8,071 plugins with zero active installs, compared to 10 for 13,643 plugins. Another bulk plug-in is in the range of 100-400 active installs, and another plug-in is between 1,000 and 2,000 active installs.
Clicking on the statistics page will display the specific plugins in that range.
Tajani said the next thing on their roadmap is to allow plugin owners to customize the list of competitors and add specific plugins they would like to see compared to themselves. AyeCode plans to keep the content they build with WP Rankings for free indefinitely.
“What we really want to do is show another statistical point of view,” Tajani said. “We know it’s not the same and we’ll be criticized, but right now it’s the only way to know if the plugin is growing.
“What we do with it in the future depends on how much plugin developers like the idea and what kind of feedback we receive. If enough people start asking for features that can be considered premium, we’ll consider it.”