Display Widgets Plugin for WordPress has been missing on the repository more than a month now. Here's the alternative

(Jeffrey Carandang) #1

Hi Everyone,

I know it seems like a promotional post since the alternative is one of my free plugins on WordPress repository but I’ve really waited for a long time to create a post to give the new developer ample time to solve the issue. If anyone is looking for WordPress Display Widgets Plugin alternative and/or interested on the probably reasons I’ve collected so far that may be the cause of the plugin disappearance feel free to check this article of mine : https://phpbits.net/display-widgets-plugin-missing/ . I hope the issue will be solved soon since this is one of my early plugin favourite.

Thanks and I hope this post will be very helpful!


(Leland Fiegel) #2

Yeah, WordPress.org staff doesn’t comment on why plugins are removed. But this seems like a pretty egregious violation of the “phone home” guideline, so it’s not hard to guess why. :slight_smile:

(Jeffrey Carandang) #3

Yeah! The staff should probably have a time duration on when they can disclosed the issue. It’s more than a month now and I can’t still get the main issue. Yeah probably “phone home” and the issues reported by users.

(Ben) #4

This explains why the plugin was removed:

(Leland Fiegel) #5

It sounds like the plugin team took it over and released a secure version: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/display-widgets-2-7-is-safe/

(Jeffrey Carandang) #6

This post is perfect and very detailed! Thanks!

(Leland Fiegel) #7

@pollyplummer at WP Tavern also published an article about this. Good recap.

You hear similar stories in other “addon communities.” Shady individuals/groups offer large sums of money for established and reputable plugins, who then violate that trust by adding in malicious code. The original owners, struggling with monetization and overwhelmed with support, see it as a way out; unaware of the buyer’s true intentions until it’s too late.

For example, here’s a story about a popular Chrome addon being acquired and hijacked by spammers.

(Jeffrey Carandang) #8

Hello again everyone :slight_smile:

I’ve just finished creating a free migration tool to easily moved Display Widgets’ saved preferences to Widget Options Plugin! Now available for download on github : https://github.com/phpbits/widget-options-migrator and here’s the video instructions :

I hope you’ll love the plugin features! Cheers!