Deprecated plugins and “best of breed”
As we proceed with the migration of our developer centers to the IBM V18 web standards and the improvement of our platform for our offering partners, we are consolidating our long list of plugins so that we can offer “best of breed” plugins around features you need for engagement. Jetpack’s suite of sharing tools is flexible and well integrated, for example, and so we get to turn off some earlier ShareThis plugins, etc, and in this way get:
  • A smaller footprint
  • Better performance
  • A more legible set of platform features (“Here’s how to share.”)
To this end, we are RETIRING two plugins and investigating consolidation in the area of RSS.
On March 22nd, a week from today, we’re going to turn off the following two plugins, which by our calculation very few of our stakeholders are using:
  • Shortcodes Ultimate We never meant for this to get out there in the first place! But some of you have discovered it. It provides some layout shortcuts and other tools, but it’s fat, and what it provides is not vital but….handy. We want to encourage use of V18 tooling and standards for layout, and so we’re turning this off. If you are using “SU”, contact us about how to create the tabular views, horizontal rules, or other shortcuts this plugin was providing. It’s not hard.
  • Rotating Tweets It seemed like a good idea in 2010 🙂 Many of you have migrated to using Twitter’s bettter support Twitter widgetry, and the rotation frequency of the Rotating Tweets widget causes epileptic seizures in school children. Just kidding. But it’s not great UX, and not consistent with our own UX, and you can get most anything you want from Twitter-side widget creation (which we’ll provide a cookbook for you if you want, but which is documented well here an in many other places: Embedded Timelines)
RSS readers
Another area where we’re investigating consolidation (and deprecation) is feeds. We’re convinced that a single plugin can give us 1) shortcodees for RSS 2) a widget for easy display of RSS sources 3) multi-sourced feeds and maybe even 4) pre-syndication moderation, for which one of our colleagues suggested we look at WP RSS Aggegator, which we’re doing.

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