WordPress.org relaunched the plugin directory this week with a new design and improvements to the search algorithm. The redesign spent more than six months in beta for feedback and testing, but many contributors on the project said they felt their feedback was not taken into account. The result is that the new design shipped but has not been well received by the community. Most users and developers welcome the changes to the search algorithm, but the new UI for the plugin pages has received quite a bit of negative feedback. One of the unpopular changes made during this refresh was the removal of individual plugin stats, which can now only be viewed by plugin admins. The decision may be temporary but depends on feedback from users.
In the meantime, if you’re missing plugin stats after the redesign, check out the new wpstats.me site. WordPress plugin developer Edward Dakin created it in just a few hours using the WordPress.org API’s. Visitors can enter a plugin’s slug and see recent and all-time download stats.
“I like checking out plugin stats, seeing which are popular, how others are doing, etc, so I put together a quick something to do that and thought others