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Where to Find Information about the Newest WordPress Plugins

- May 24, 2017

newest WordPress plugins If you use WordPress as your CMS or blogging platform, you won’t find any information about the newest WordPress plugins within the software itself. I’m talking about the “Plugins” menu item in the administrative back-end, commonly called “WP Admin”.

That area of WP Admin only brings up “Featured”, “Popular”, “Recommended” and “Favorites” listings. Why not “New”? I don’t know the answer to that question.

The Newest WordPress Plugins

How to find the newest WordPress plugins? You won’t find them if you go to WordPress.org and click on “Plugins” in the top navigation bar. You can find “Beta Plugins” as you go down the page, but nothing “new”.

The URL, which I found by searching with Google, is: https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/new/. That means there’s a link to that page somewhere, if only in the site map for the website.

It seems like the WordPress.org folks want to track the newest plugins, but it also seems they don’t want us looking at them.

Are the Newest WordPress Plugins worth Finding?

There are a lot of garbage plugins in the repository. I honestly don’t know how they get approved. There are also a lot of outdated and no longer maintained plugins in the repository. Some of them may still be useful but I’m willing to bet most of them aren’t.

Most of the newest plugins aren’t useful to anyone other than a small part of all the WordPress users out there. Some may be useful to more users, but I can’t tell you which are which just by looking at them.

There are always one or two interesting new plugins every month. WP Tavern reports on some of them. They reported on the Better Plugin Recommendations WordPress plugin recently.

Reporting on New WordPress Plugins

There used to be a website that did almost nothing other than report on new WordPress plugins. For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the website or the domain name for it.

I’m considering reporting on new WordPress plugins here but there’s a problem. Most of them won’t help me with anything. I use WordPress on my home computer and I use a PHP script as a static site generator. I only keep static HTML pages (and associated images, CSS and JavaScript files) online.

It won’t do any good for me to report on anything I won’t or can’t use.

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