Opened 9 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#1010 closed enhancement (fixed)

Make it harder to find old plugins

Reported by: joostdevalk's profile joostdevalk Owned by: coffee2code's profile coffee2code
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Plugin Directory Keywords:


I want to propose a change that'll probably benefit the community in the long run. On plugins that show this sign:

This plugin hasn't been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

We should add a <meta name="robots" content="noindex"/> line, so they drop out of the search results... I end up on one of these on a regular basis through the search engines. I think if we added the meta robots tag, they'd be replaced by other, more up to date plugins in most cases.

Change History (7)

#1 @SergeyBiryukov
9 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Plugin Directory

#2 @joostdevalk
9 years ago

When I discussed this with @ipstenu, she brought up that one of the concerns might be that when a plugin is updated again, it wouldn't be findable in Google. From my experience I can say that would probably take a week tops, and I think that's worth the risk of people finding unsafe plugins.

Inherently because plugins are older, they have more and older links, so they outrank newer plugins that might be able to rank for the same keywords.

#3 @Ipstenu
9 years ago

Since the restore would be relatively fast, I think this would be pretty safe to do. Kill their SEO and maybe they'll update their darn code!

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8 years ago

#5 @coffee2code
8 years ago

  • Owner set to coffee2code
  • Status changed from new to accepted

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8 years ago

#7 @coffee2code
8 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from accepted to closed

Fixed in [dotorg-11537].

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