If you’re a relatively experienced WordPress plugin developer, you’ve most likely already asked yourself this question – possibly more than once. If you’re a relatively new WordPress plugin developer, you’re probably asking yourself “Wait … why would I not want my plugin in the repository?!” Both questions are valid. As with most things in life, there are advantages and disadvantages to uploading a plugin to the official repository at WordPress.org. In this article, we’ll look at both sides of the debate. The advantages of the repository are fairly transparent and obvious, while the drawbacks are both less obvious and arguably of greater impact. As a result, this article will spend more time on the latter than the former. It’s important to note at the outset that we’re taking a look at the repository here purely from the perspective of the developer – not the end user (although some user-centric factors do impact the developer in the long run). So while there are a number of user-oriented issues with the repository — issues which clearly deserve a closer look — those issues are only relevant to this
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