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Displaying you WordPress.org favourite plugins

Updated 02 – 05 – 18: plugins object is now returned as an array.

On a whim this May bank holiday, tucked up on the sofa watching movies, I decided to create a plugin to display my favourited plugins on WordPress.org.

After a bit of digging I found you can use the plugins_api() function and pass it a username, e.g.:

plugins_api( 'query_plugins', array( 'user' => emirpprime, 'per_page' => '-1' ) );

This returns an object with some information about the results, then an array of plugins. A stripped down example of the structure is below:

stdClass Object
    (
    [info] => Array
        (
            [page] => 1
            [pages] => 0
            [results] => 57
        )
    [plugins] => Array
        (
            [0] => Array
                (
                    [name] => Autoptimize
                    [slug] => autoptimize
                    [version] => 2.1.0
                    [author] => <a href="http://blog.futtta.be/">Frank Goossens (futtta)</a>
                    [author_profile] => https://profiles.wordpress.org/optimizingmatters
                    [requires] => 4.0
                    [tested] => 4.7.5
                    [compatibility] => Array
                        (
                        )
                    [rating] => 94
                    [ratings] => Array
                        (
                            [5] => 419
                            [4] => 23
                            [3] => 12
                            [2] => 8
                            [1] => 22
                        )
                    [num_ratings] => 484
                    [support_threads] => 121
                    [support_threads_resolved] => 81
                    [downloaded] => 1349088
                    [last_updated] => 2016-12-14 5:45am GMT
                    [added] => 2009-07-09
                    [homepage] => http://blog.futtta.be/autoptimize
                    [sections] => Array
                        (
                            [description] => Autoptimize makes ...
                            [installation] => Just install from your WordPress...
                            [faq] => Installation Instructions...
                            [short_description] => Autoptimize speeds up your website and helps you save bandwidth by aggregating and minimizing JS, CSS and HTML.
                            [download_link] => https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/autoptimize.2.1.0.zip
                            [screenshots] => Array
                                (
                                )
                            [tags] => Array
                                (
                                    [css] => css
                                    [html] => html
                                    [javascript] => javascript
                                    [js] => JS
                                    [minify] => minify
                                )
                            [versions] => Array
                                (
                                    [0.1] => https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/autoptimize.0.1.zip
                                    ...
                                    [trunk] => https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/autoptimize.zip
                                )
                            [donate_link] => http://blog.futtta.be/2013/10/21/do-not-donate-to-me/
                            [contributors] => Array
                                (
                                )
                        )
                )
        )
)

A simple loop over the plugins array will get all the details about a plugin you could want.

A short while later, and a rough and ready version is complete – a basic plugin that registers a shortcode and returns a list of a user’s plugins.

What does the plugin output?

Here are my favourites as an example – the markup is basic but easy to style, with a couple of classes for targetting. I’ve kept it simpler than the layout in wp-admin or the plugin repository, but hopefully with enough info to be useful:

Found: 64

  • Add Descendants As Submenu Items by Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)
    Automatically all of a nav menu item's descendants as submenu items. Designed for pages but…
  • Autoptimize by Frank Goossens (futtta)
    Autoptimize speeds up your website by optimizing JS, CSS, images (incl. lazy-load), HTML and Google…
  • Blacklist Updater by pluginkollektiv
    Automatic updating of the comment blacklist in WordPress with antispam keys from GitHub.
  • Broken Link Checker by WPMU DEV
    Check posts, pages & all content for broken links & missing images to improve SEO. Get notified when bad links are found.
  • Bulk Add Terms by Sohan Zaman
    A lightweight plugin to add thousands of taxonomy terms in one go.
  • Classic Editor by WordPress Contributors
    Enables the previous "classic" editor and the old-style Edit Post screen with TinyMCE, Meta Boxes, etc. Supports all plugins that extend this screen.
  • Classic Editor Addon by Pieter Bos, Greg Schoppe
    This free "Classic Editor Addon" plugin makes sure that the new block editor cannot be accidentally activated even while the "Classic E …
  • Client-proof Visual Editor by Hugo Baeta
    Simple, option-less, plugin to make TinyMCE - the WordPress Visual Editor - easier for clients…
  • Cloudflare by Cloudflare, Inc.
    All of Cloudflare’s performance and security benefits in a simple one-click install.
  • Code Snippets by Code Snippets Pro
    An easy, clean and simple way to run code snippets on your site.
  • Coming Soon Page, Maintenance Mode & Landing Pages by SeedProd by SeedProd
    The #1 Coming Soon Page, Maintenance Mode & Landing Page plugin for WordPress.
  • Custom Post Type UI by WebDevStudios
    Admin UI for creating custom post types and custom taxonomies for WordPress
  • Debogger by Simon Prosser
    Debugging tool for theme authors and reviewers.
  • Developer by Automattic
    A plugin, which helps WordPress developers develop.
  • Disable Comments by WPDeveloper
    Allows administrators to globally disable comments on their site. Comments can be disabled according to post type. Multisite friendly.
  • Disable REST API by Dave McHale
    Disable the use of the REST API on your website to unauthenticated users.
  • Disable WP REST API by Jeff Starr
    Disables the WP REST API for visitors not logged into WordPress.
  • Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin by Snap Creek
    WordPress migration and backups are much easier with Duplicator! Clone, back up, move and transfer…
  • Email Address Encoder by Till Krüss
    A lightweight plugin that protects email addresses from email-harvesting robots, by encoding them into decimal…
  • Enable Media Replace by ShortPixel
    Easily replace any attached image/file by simply uploading a new file in the Media Library…
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    What do you think? Is there any other info you think would be useful to include? Let me know in the comments.

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