Plugin Reviews, Inspections, and Audits

April 8th, 2011
WordPress Plugins

WordPress celebrity Joost de Valk has just launched an interesting service where he provides plugin reviews and inspections for free. This is certainly an interesting prospect for newcomers wondering, “is this plugin right for me?”

Mark Jaquith has been offering a similar service through Covered Web Services, including a full security audit, for quite some time. Sure, it’s for a fee, but how can you pass up something like this from a core WordPress developer?

Since the idea of plugin reviews seem to be gaining popularity, would you be interested in seeing us review a few plugins submitted by you, our kind and ever-present readers? Please let us know in the poll below!




  1. gestroud says:

    I think it’s a GREAT idea! I miss the Plugin A Day feature that used to be on this site, but I know it’s hard to keep up with. Would really like to see reviews of some of the e-commerce plugins that are coming out.

    • James Huff (184 comments.) says:

      A plugin a day would be nice, but I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up with that. Plus, there’d be some quality concerns, as I might have to start reviewing useless or terrible plugins just to keep on schedule.

      A quick e-commerce review from personally experience, I recommend eShop.

      • Oliver says:

        I’ve had friends trying to work with wordpress ecommerce solutions.

        They gave up : keeping an up-to-date kickass ecommerce solution may be tough and puts us under pressure, but facing the anguish that it might get broken with every new wordpress update turns the natural stress of a manger into a nightmare.

  2. peter ray (1 comments.) says:

    I’m not sure if my opinion counts for much as I am so new to this, but it would benefit me greatly to read some reviews. I have considered using an anti-spam plugin, but not sure if others have found them helpful or not.

  3. Jeremy Alger (1 comments.) says:

    It’s always good to read plugin reviews from reliable sources. On the wordpress website often plugins have 1, 5 star review. Hardly trustworthy.

  4. Tom Coburn (67 comments.) says:

    but do we trust the opinions of the writers? It does sound like a good idea in theory, but still their opinion may be different then ours. Me personally I’d like to see an updated review of facebook connect plugins. there’s facebook connect, wp-fb-connect, facebook comments, I mean there’s like dozens of fb connect plugins now, and none of them seem to be working, at least for me. probably 99.9999999% of my readers already have a facebook account, or are reading my blog from facebook, so it only makes sense to add facebook connect support to my blog, but i haven’t found a decent one to implement that actually works anymore. At one time the older fb connect plugin worked just fine, but with faacebook changing things so much now its like, the original plugin that used to work no longer works anymore, not that I could blame the fb connect authors for getting tired of supporting facebook they keep changing things over there so darn much. lol

    • Tom Coburn (67 comments.) says:

      although I could always write about all my bad expriences with facebook connect plugins :) might be an interesting read if I could find one that actually works lol I’ve come to learn over the years blog readers only like to read positive articles, negative articles get no press whatsoever

    • James Huff (184 comments.) says:

      Simple Facebook Connect still works fine for me:

      It’s a major pain keeping up with FB’s constantly changing protocols and security restrictions, so I imagine some plugin developers eventually give up.

      Think about when Twitter switched to oAuth, now imagine that happening every few months with only a week’s notice.

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