Last month, I launched the Theme Designer WordPress plugin. It was the first stage of developer tools that I’ve been planning to release for fellow WordPress developers for a while. Theme Designer allows WordPress theme authors to showcase their theme portfolios. Today’s plugin is it’s companion.
I’d like to introduce you to Plugin Developer.
What does the Plugin Developer plugin do?
In a nutshell, it’s a “portfolio” plugin tailored specifically to other WordPress plugin authors. It allows them to manage the plugins that they’re selling/distributing with some cool features baked in.
Those are large-scale sites though. You might want something a bit more like the plugins page at WooThemes. Or, better yet, here’s a live example of the plugin in use here on my site. Yes, this plugin’s page is actually powered by the very plugin it’s promoting (eat your own dog food and all of that).
The plugin has built-in integration with the WordPress.org Plugins API, so if your plugins are hosted there, you can pull data such as download counts, install counts, ratings, and more back to your own site.
Other features include a vast array of template tags and shortcodes so that you can showcase your plugins on the front end of your site in any way you want.
Here’s a few screenshots to give you an idea of how the plugin works on the admin side of things:
How is the plugin different from Theme Designer?
A few folks have asked me this. Right now, the groundwork for both plugins is similar in a lot of ways. There’s some shared code.
However, plugin and theme developers can often have similar while subtly different needs. There are some different features in the 1.0.0 versions. For example, Plugin Developer has a system for assigning multiple contributors to a plugin. This made more sense for plugins because there’s generally more plugins with multiple authors/contributors.
Plugin Developer also has two “featured images” per plugin: 1) a banner and 2) an icon. I borrowed this idea from WordPress.org.
The plugins will continue taking different paths in the future as both theme and plugin authors use the plugins. Their/Your ideas will help shape the future of each plugin.
Get the plugin
You can find out more about the plugin and purchase it from the Plugin Developer page.
There are two purchase options:
- $125 – Plugin + Membership – Comes with one year of developer-level support to Theme Hybrid.
- $90 – Plugin Only – For those who don’t want support or already have a support membership here.
Plugin updates are completely $free for the life of the plugin. Support is on a year-to-year basis.
I look forward to seeing what some of you do with your plugin portfolios in the near future. I hope you enjoy the plugin. Please ask any questions you have in the comments.