Characteristics Of A Great WordPress Plugin

by Brannon Bert on May 13, 2010

A great WordPress plugin must have the following features and characteristics to make it ideal for implementation by the WordPress administrator.

Seamless installation: The plugin must be able to install easily and seamlessly without any trouble. A plugin is as good as it can be installed into the system, if anyone finds the installation to be very complicated; there is a chance that he/she would not use the system at all. Many WordPress plugins are very good as far as features go, but are bad in installation.

A good un-installation process: This is as important as installation itself. Removal of the software should not in any ways impede the operation of the rest of the system. A good plugin should make sure that it stays independent of the rest of the system and does its work seamlessly without trying to alter anything else that can cause the system to fail.

Easy upgrade process: A good plugin must have a good upgrade process, a plugin must be able to adapt to situations and when a new feature can be added, it should be added without altering the whole system. Updates are required for all kinds of software, it is even more important for a software component such as a plugin.

Good localization and language support: Language support is very important as it makes sure that any administrator who is not so fluent with the English language too can access and modify whatever he/she want to.

Error recovery and processing of the error: It is always good to have error recovery system built into a plugin, this makes sure that the administrator is able to find out what the error is and correct it if he can, or in the case of a complex error go to the developer for support.

Import/ Export control options: Import and export controls are very much required for a plugin, it makes sure that the administrator can shift or transport the whole architecture of the system to another framework, without needing to make any large changes. It also helps in migration and upgrading of the system.

A good user interface: A plugin must possess a good user interface to add a menu based navigation for the admin; this would ease the tasks for the admin and make the plugin more useful. A good user interface must be intuitive to the administrator who is the end user here. It must provide him with enough options to manipulate the configurations for the plugin.

Security of the Plugins: A great plugin should not be vulnerability in the system.

Changes to the system: A change log is necessary to track all the changes. This is very important as it marks a timeline of the changes made so that an administrator can look at the past changes and its effect on the whole system.

Good support: A plugin that is well supported and documented is a big plus.

There are several other things that you can look for but the ones mentioned above are some of the most critical ones.

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