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Opened 3 years ago

Closed 22 months ago

#2653 closed defect (fixed)

404 on Browse url

Reported by: tellyworth Owned by: obenland
Milestone: Plugin Directory v3 - Future Priority: normal
Component: Plugin Directory Keywords: 2nd-opinion
Cc:

Description

https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/ currently gives a 404 error page.

It should probably default to https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/new/ instead.

Also, just noting that https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/updated/ no longer exists. That might be ok, but a few reports have mentioned it, so there may be a case for restoring it. (The same data is available from the API, just to be clear).

Change History (6)

#1 @dd32
3 years ago

https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/

A redirect to https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/featured/ slipped into r5248

https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/updated/

I don't see this view as being missing as a huge issue - I think it may have even been an intentional decision made to remove non-linked urls, we removed the updated view from most things a few years ago (but the URLs kept working).
We can add it back if it's really needed, however I'm not sure the most recently updated plugins is a good source of data for discovering new plugins, it only encourages authors to push lots of updates.

#2 @joyously
3 years ago

A redirect to https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/featured/ slipped into r5248

This is bad UX since it takes an inclusive URL and turns it into a dead end.
I think the intent of a URL like https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/ is to show everything that there is. I always thought it should show the main taxonomy of the plugin directory, with counts, and no actual plugins.
If that idea isn't popular, my fallback would be to have it show plugins ordered by plugin name, with an alphabet of links to jump to the sections for each letter.
It definitely should not be the same as https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/new/, although the Browse page could have links to other ways to browse like New or Popular. I think Updated can be very useful, but not promoted with a link. It should work, though, if you know the URL.

By the way, looking at the Featured page, why do they never change? Who determines what goes here? And why the confusing language of having "feature plugins" under "Beta Testing" and a few big plugins under "Featured"? I think the plugins that could go into core would get more interest and feedback if they were shown by default (featured), instead of always showing the same 6 everyone knows about.

#3 @tellyworth
2 years ago

  • Keywords 2nd-opinion added

#4 @obenland
22 months ago

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

https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/ is not a dead end any longer.

#2631 deals with the missing https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/updated view.

#5 @joyously
22 months ago

  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

This is not fixed!
Having /plugins/browse redirect to /plugins/browse/featured is terrible and is a dead-end.

#6 @obenland
22 months ago

  • Owner set to obenland
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

In 6407:

Plugins: Redirect browse requests to homepage.

Avoids sending users to a dead end. With the exception of new plugins, all browse taxonomies are featured there.

H/t joyously.
Closes #2653.

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