WordPress.org Hides Plugin Deprecation from Users

It’s official, as I’ve just learned from Mika (aka Ipstenu) and Samuel (aka Otto) — WordPress.org will remove the description and assets from all known deprecated plugins, so users landing on the plugin’s page will be told that “This plugin has been closed for new installs” and nothing else, leaving users to wonder what happened, why the plugin is closed, and what they should do next.

I’m a strong proponent of letting users know why a plugin is deprecated, but Mika and Samuel have taken a hard-line against this, and have told me that all known deprecated plugins will be closed (except for exceptions — see below).

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Fix “sslverify=false” for Pro Plugin / Theme Updates

This is a pet peeve of mine – some plugin and theme authors (to make their lives easier) set “sslverify = false” in their Pro version update checks and/or other HTTP requests.

Luckily a few security and error checking plugins like the Query Monitor plugin (for example), will show a warning if the WordPress wp_remote_get() function is executed with “sslverify = false”. To make sure this is never the case, you can use the following filters in your functions.php file.

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LinkedIn’s Open Graph Crawler has Issues

When sharing a URL on LinkedIn, you may find that the share box does not display the Open Graph image and text as it should — simply showing a grey image with the website’s domain name instead. It appears that LinkedIn’s crawler is having problems connecting to some shared URLs — this could be a network issue within LinkedIn’s network, their network provider(s), and/or a bug with their crawler. LinkedIn is aware of the issue and their response on 2015/03/16 was:

I heard back from my research team and they were able to isolate the issue. Our engineering team is working on it but there’s no estimate as to how long that might take. We’ll do our best to keep you posted.

https://help.linkedin.com/app/ask/from/question

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