Add “Favorites” Option in the WordPress Admin

A few months back, RichardWing, a WordPress member, made the suggestion that the “favorites” feature on should be somehow implemented in the WordPress admin/dashboard itself.  Here is his comment:

Please add the option to make a plugin a favorite when we view the details of it from our wordpress admin.

There are times I come across a plugin I can use for another site when I am looking for one for the present site I am working on.

Here is a screen shot of where I mean.

I would very much like to see this implemented as well.

Let me take it one step further, though… ideally, a user should be able to set their username on their profile page, so that their favorite plugins are more easily accessible from the add plugins screen.

In my opinion, this is well worth the added server load it will create. I also think this will get many more WordPress users to actually use the excellent favorite feature that already exists. I use and love the favorite plugins feature in WordPress – it really does make it easier and faster to find what I’m looking for as I set up a new site for a client, without having to dig through all the plugins that have left me wanting in the past. This could not only offer a great solution to an unfinished feature, it may also lead to an alternate way to determine the most popular plugins (how many favorites this year/month/week).

+1 to RichardWing for the great suggestion!  I hope to see it implemented sometime in the not-so-distant future!


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Dave focuses in WordPress UI Design and WordPress Plugin Development (some have labelled him a fanatic) but has hands in many other projects, including photography and music. He's never far from a computer... or an iPad (for testing purposes, of course). Don't even try to bother him during Premier League games, though... he's cheering way too loudly for a team destined to play second fiddle. Dave currently teaches courses in code and philosophy at California State University, Long Beach (well... from home for the foreseeable future) alongside his small business at But, every now and then, he steps outside to protest or give the dog a car ride.

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