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How to get feedback from your anonymous plugin user at wordpress.org

kantbtrue profile image Shashikant Y ・1 min read

If you are a WordPress plugin developer who shares their plugins on wordpress.org and you are not getting feedback from your anonymous users, then this article just meant for you.

Most of the early stage developers do not integrate a legitimate link to ask the users for feedback. I am an experienced WordPress developer still I also made the same mistake ;)

Wordpress.org does not give you any data regarding the users for your plugin. So it becomes a bit tuff to ask the users for feedback, and seeing other plugins 100s of feedback on the platform gets you a sense of jealousy. And you start wondering why the hell I'm the only one who is not getting the feedback on the platform.

If this is the case, then I feel there are only two possible reasons - 1. Your plugin is just crap 2. You didn't have any inbuilt option in your plugin to drive your users to the feedback section.

In this article, I will share how to edit the WordPress footer text "Thank you for creating with WordPress." and use it as your feedback drive channel.

To edit the message, you can use this filter admin_footer_text.

/**
 * Add feedback message in WordPress dashboard footer area.
 *
 * @param string $text WordPress footer text.
 * 
 * @return string 
 */
function kantbtrue_wp_footer_msg( $text ) {
    /* Translators: 1. The plugin name */
    $text = sprintf(
        __( 'Thank you for installing <strong>%1$s</strong>.', 'textdomain' ),
        'plugin name'
    );
    return $text;
}
add_filter( 'admin_footer_text', 'kantbtrue_wp_footer_msg' );
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