WordPress.org is a community built on the open source WordPress CMS platform. It is the place where you can get more than 50,000 free WordPress plugins and hundreds of free WordPress themes for your website. Developers, designers contribute to it by sharing their free plugins and themes. Although you are not a developer but you can help out by using and join for sharing your experient and reviews of products that you use. This is one of ways to give feedback to the WordPress community and contribute to develope it.
Why we should leave reviews on WordPress.org?
When you browse the plugin or theme directory on WordPress.org, you will find reviews for them in the search results. You can also read each individual review on the Reviews tab, and you can add your own review as well.
Plugins search result
If you are using a WordPress plugin/theme, and you find it useful, then your positive review can help others users make the right decision because users usually feel less inclined to install and try plugins or themes that has fewer installs with no star ratings. So newer plugins/themes may go unnoticed even if they are good and really useful. With your positive review, you can help more users use that plugin.
Positive reviews help developers find motivation to continue the project and give it their time and skills. However sometimes you can meet some issues with your new installed plugin/theme. Before adding your negative review, you should try to reach out to the plugin author through support tab. Sometimes plugin authors make mistakes, and your support request can prompt them to help you out or quickly release a fix. You can describe the problem with the plugin or theme and add any suggestions you have for the improvement. This helps developers figure out the most wanted features their users need, and they can prioritize those improvements.
All these themes and plugins are open source software so developers of these plugins and themes don’t get paid by WordPress.org for sharing their products. Make sure that you are polite and respectful in your review.
How to leave reviews on WordPress.org
First you’ll need a free WordPress.org account. Go to the WordPress.org’s plugin or theme directory page and click on the ‘Register’ (If you haven’t get any account) or ‘Login’ link at the top right corner of the screen.
Once you are logged in, you can go to the plugin’s page and click on the ‘Reviews’ tab. You will see other reviews for the plugin.
Now scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you will see ‘Create a new review’ section.
You need to provide a title for your review and then select the star rating that you’d like to give this plugin. Next, you can write your detailed review.
For WordPress themes, you can go to the theme’s page and then click on the ‘Submit’ button.
Most of the time plugin and theme author would respond to your negative review and will try to solve the issue you faced. Once the issue is resolved, you can change your rating and review for the plugin.
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