🔢 New Estimated True Active Installs Metric
The Active Installs number has long been an issue for WordPress plugin developers. WordPress.org gives a heavily rounded version of the active installs total for plugins, which makes sense for users when deciding on a plugin, but for developers it makes it very hard to see if you plugin is growing.
If your plugin is at 1,000 active installs – how far away is the plugin from 2,000? Without maintaining a spreadsheet and checking the weekly install growth percentages, it’s difficult to get a figure that’s close to the true total.
After the last Plugin Rank update where I launched the Active Installs and Download metrics and charts, I received some great feedback from some customers about improvements to be made. One of those suggestions was about estimating the true active installs total. I’m pleased to say this is now live in Plugin Rank.
If Plugin Rank has been able to estimate your plugin’s active installs total (not all plugins have this yet, learn more) then you will see some new parts to the main plugin overview page.
📈 Competitor Average Positions Chart
When I added plugin competitor tracking to Plugin Rank in early September, the competitors page just featured tables that showed how your plugin was performing against your competitors for both aggregated position data like average position, and position movement, as well as actual positions for each of the keywords you are tracking. Although extremely useful, it wasn’t very visual or easy to understand your performance at a glance.
As part of the first phase of improving this page, I’ve just added a new chart that plots the average position over time for your plugin and your competitors:
🕶️ Dark Mode
Dark mode is very popular these days, across operating systems, apps and websites. Using dark mode can reduce eye strain in low-light conditions, and can be easier to read.
I’m pleased to say I’ve just launched dark mode for Plugin Rank 🎉
You can enable dark mode in the settings by navigating to the Settings page from the right-hand dropdown in the header nav bar.
💸 Yearly Billing
I’ve had this on my TODO list for a while, and when someone reached out to request it recently, I thought it was high time I implemented it. Now you can sign up to yearly plans for Plugin Rank billing.
This means you only get charged once a year, with one invoice (less paperwork FTW), and more importantly yearly billing gets you a 2 month discount – only pay for 10 months instead of 12.
You can upgrade by navigating to the ‘Billing’ page from the right-hand dropdown in the header nav bar, and clicking ‘Manage Billing’. From the next page you can update to a yearly plan.
Read more about the updates in the full release post.