You have probably noticed our ongoing efforts to make Oxwall Store a better place for finding great plugins and themes for your new, shiny website.
Today I’d like to inform you that all new items (plugins and themes) submitted to the Oxwall Store will be reviewed by editors before appearing in public. We will try to make item approval time blazingly short, so users can get their hands on the new stuff as soon as possible.
What exactly do you review?
- We make basic quality and security checks.
- We try to evaluate how the item fits the overall Oxwall user experience, look’n’feel, process flow, interface conventions, etc.
- We want to make sure an item provides substantial value, doesn’t fully duplicate (or steal) other items in the Oxwall Store.
Why do that?
Oxwall platform is open, and we are after the best possible user experience. That’s why quality check for the main resource is so important.
Without those checks (as we’ve seen on other platforms) quality deteriorates quickly. When that happens, not much can be undone without significant ecosystem shocks.
As an example, in worst cases a user finds themselves searching for a “contact form” plugin and finds 20 of them. Half of those can be discarded upon the first look (bad reviews, no support, confusing description and screenshots), another quarter will not work because the author didn’t bother to keep the item updated. Finally, 2-3 items may be identified, and they will satisfy roughly 60-70% of user’s needs. We will work to make this process shorter and the final prize (the one fitting item) better. Basically, we want to fight quantity with quality. If we don’t start now, it may be too late.
Users still use/buy without your checks
True to some extent, because in a lot of cases they have no alternatives. When we raise quality standards and improve Store inventory, they’ll know the difference. The approval process will allow Oxwall community to achieve the next step of quality and size, and prevent from ending up on a local maximum. With better software more people will want to choose Oxwall over other solutions.
Possible reasons for disapproval
You don’t honor developers?
We do, but we honor users even more. If this measure helps users find what they want faster and easier — and will make developers and designers work harder — we are all for it.
In the end, a better average Store item means healthier and larger user community, which is everyone’s goal, including authors.
My item wasn’t approved. Now what?
We encourage you to process given feedback, modify your work and to resubmit your item. If you do not agree with our opinion, feel free to release the item elsewhere, like on your site. This is open source. We do not play dictatorship, we just want to keep the main resource comprehensive and easy to search.
Oxwall project is growing, so let’s take user experience on another level together. We’re on to something big here.