Plugin Directory Review Process

All plugins submitted to the ClassicPress Plugin Directory will be reviewed by the Plugin Review Team. The basic process used for reviews is outlined below:

  • Verify the plugin name and subject matter are acceptable.
  • Verify the presence of a GitHub release and download the release or source code zip (a release zip is recommended, but not required).
  • Check the readme and plugin header for required information (e.g. licence/tags/etc.)
  • Make sure the readme is clear and contains no contradictory information.
  • Run plugin through wpcs to check for major issues (tabbing, indenting and other minor issues will be ignored).
  • Run plugin through to check for issues.
  • Upload plugin to a test environment with define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true); and activate; check for any errors on front and back ends.
  • Check plugin for Plugin Directory Guidelines violations.
  • Detail and issues found and email developer from [email protected].
  • If no issues are found, approve plugin.
  • Once approved the plugin will be mirrored in the repository here. This is solely used as a backup and development resource.

The review process will be quicker and smoother if you are familiar with the Plugin Directory Submission Guidelines in addition to the Plugin Directory Guidelines.


If you are not happy with the review process, you can request an escalation to the Directors by sending an email to [email protected] with a detailed reason for the escalation.

Avoidance of conflict of interest

If a plugin moderator is also a plugin developer, they will recuse themselves from reviewing any plugin with which they have involvement. This includes, but is not limited to, developer or contributor roles.