As I write this, WordPress 2.7 is due to arrive in a few days. Now that’s very shiny and all, but there’s one thing that has always made me a bit wary about upgrading to a new version : plugin compatibility. When you have a lot of active plugins there’s always a chance that one of them will be incompatible with the upgrade and break your site.
The typical answer to the these fears is a resounding “Make backups!” call. However, here’s another idea – what if you could actually see which plugins are likely to be incompatible before upgrading, and watch out for them? Well, with this new plugin I’ve created you (kind-of) can!
Compatibility Notes is a simple WordPress plugin that will attach a list of supported WordPress versions to every plugin’s description on the “Plugins” page. Here’s how it looks :
The compatibility information is extracted from each plugin’s readme.txt file, so nothing will be displayed for plugins with non-standard or missing readme files. Also, while adding a adding a big “Incompatible plugin!” warning to plugins that don’t “officially” support the currently installed version of WP would be easy, I decided against it because many old plugins work perfectly well in newer versions. It’s up to you to decide what to do with the information this plugin provides.
compatibility-notes.zip (5 KB)
- WordPress 2.5 – 2.8
- PHP 5 or later
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