Wp-Insert doesn’t seem to be showing up in the search results in the plugin installation page after the WordPress 3.0.2 update.
I don’t have any clue about whats going on!
I have written to WordPress mentioning the issue but haven’t received a reply yet. I will post an update here as soon as I know whats going on.
Meanwhile you should be able to download the plugin from the repository link : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-insert/ and upload it using the plugin upload page.
[UPDATE] : Wp-Insert rivals most premium plugins while being a FREE GPL plugin. A lot of time and effort has gone into development ad maintainance of Wp-Insert. Wp-Insert has got around $200 in donations out of which $90 was donated by the user Mary in October. The ads in the plugin admin page has earned $1.75 to date. The figures should you the economics of free plugin development. If the plugin doesn’t get exposure at the repository new users wont be able to find the plugin and existing users wont be able to update or install it easily. This will slowly erode the user base as i don’t have the capital to invest in any kind of marketing activity.
Share your views on how to let users know about a plugin in case it was not hosted on wordpress.org and whether the enormous development effort required justifies the case without enough users. Should development on Wp-Insert to continue and why? Share your views..
[UPDATE] : I just got a mail from wordpress.org mentioning the following - “there is a problem with the search on the Plugins directory. Nothing has been withdrawn. We are trying to get this fixed”. Hope everything gets fixed soon.