As part of the Atlassian Developer Relations Team’s goal to make our plugin developers successful, we’re pleased to share with you several small improvements we’ve made to the Atlassian Plugin Exchange. We’re confident that many of these features will help your plugins on the exchange get more usage. Take a look.

Plugins Just Got Social

We’ve added Facebook and Twitter share links to the plugin details page, allowing customers to more easily share plugins with their friends. We expect these buttons will create more social chatter around your plugins, hopefully creating more awareness for your plugin.

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Understand Your Marketing Funnel with Google Analytics

Now plugin developers are able to add a Google Analytics key to their plugin on the exchange, allowing each of you to understand traffic patterns for the plugins you’ve built. We expect many of you get substantial traffic from the plugin exchange. Google Analytics support will help you understand your marketing funnel more accurately, giving you the ability to fine tune your marketing efforts around your plugins.

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Better Ratings with +/-

We want plugin developers and customers to be able to communicate with one and other. To help facilitate more conversation we simplified the plugin rating system to be thumbs up / thumbs down instead of the five-star system. Already we’ve seen more plugin ratings being submitted, which we feel makes the plugin exchange a better resource for our customers. Simplified ratings also help plugin developers understand their target customer.

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Lots of other Small Improvements

In addition to the above larger changes, we’ve made several small improvements that, collectively, make the plugin exchange a better place for plugin developers.

  • End user license support
  • Shortcut to immediately “mark a plugin as compatible with the latest version”
  • Support for videos
  • OpenSearch support

We want Atlassian plugin developers to be successful. We hope that these features make your jobs easier, and further enable you to get more plugin downloads and understand your customer. We’re committed to making each of you successful, and we’re planning to make even more substantial changes to the exchange. We’ll keep you posted on this blog as we make progress.

Improvements to the Plugin Exchange for Plugin Developers