Better Search options for plugins and themes

Hello WPMU DEV Team,

My thought is that the "PLUGINS" and "THEMES" tabs can be combined, and then use something similar to the Studio BuddyPress theme's login sliding panel. Have it drop down a box with search options for the plugins and themes.

http://themetastic.com/buddypress/?wptheme=Studio

It would be great to be able to search for a term in all the themes and plugins or just the plugins or just the themes and click some check boxes for compatibility, etc...

Along with refined search options there can still be "All BuddyPress Themes", "All Multisite Plugins", etc.. But the links would be a predefined searches or a link to a page with a iFrame that has the result of a predefined search.

This way any addition or change the plugins to themes would automatically reflected. This would keep things up to date automatically and save time for the WPMU DEV developer team, so they can focus on new cool stuff rather than trying to keep WPMU DEV site's sections up to date.

It seems that the "Information:" box on the left side of each plugin page is kept up to date automatically. Maybe the search can be performed on that data.

When deciding on what should be searchable data, some distinctions that would be helpful is; plugins and themes that can be used with BuddyPress by virtue of Multisite - vs - plugins and themes that are BuddyPress specific.

For example themes that can be used for sites in a BuddyPress Multisite install on the network sites but not on the main BuddyPress site... or plugins that function fine and are useful for network sites and do not cause BuddyPress trouble but will not work on the main BuddyPress site.

  • Sean

    Hi Mason James,

    That is great. I am sure the community will be thrilled.

    Your plugins, themes and support are all fantastic. Your success in creating literally hundreds of plugins and themes seems to have caused you to outgrow your own site's organization system. Congratulations on that success.

    I will still throw you some occasional ideas here and there, just incase any might be useful for your upcoming release of the new and improved WPMU DEV website.

    Wishing you the best of luck!

    Sincerely,
    Sean

  • Mason

    Hiya Sean,

    Thanks for your kind words. :slight_smile:

    I will still throw you some occasional ideas here and there, just incase any might be useful for your upcoming release of the new and improved WPMU DEV website.

    Absolutely. One thing we are focusing on this year is listening. We have experienced a lot of growth and with that comes changes and exciting new challenges. If our members are saying we an improve in an area, we're looking at it.

    So, thanks again for your feedback and absolutely feel free to speak up with more ideas in the future. :slight_smile: