Moodle plugins are the most essential part and one of the ubiquitous reason behind the popularity of the Moodle project. Moodle plugins are the best way to extend the Moodle capabilities to meet the specific learning requirements of any sector, environments. Till date there are a total of 1250 plugins contributed by around 693 Moodle community members.
Previously, the Moodle plugins interface was not easy to navigate with which makes it difficult to find and access the relevant plugins. However, Moodle HQ worked upon the problem to achieve the following outcomes:
- improve the overall user interface and experience of the plugins directory
- using more of the latest functionalities and technology of Moodle core versions to power the plugins directory
Yesterday, a new interface of the front page of the Moodle plugins directory was launched and believe me it is just awesome. The new look provides a first of all a modern look and feel and secondly it contains more advanced search filters to provide accurate and relevant results.
New Interface features:
The new interface contains a lot of other features like:
- Basic information about any plugin is displayed in an overlay type popup with a link to the plugin page and other basic information.
- There is no need to refresh the page after selecting the filter option. The results will be automatically updated.
- Another major improvement added is the filter to filter out the plugins based on the use purpose. The plugins can be categorized based on the following purposes – Administration, Assessment, Collaboration, Communication, Content & Interface. This will allow the new Moodle users to find more relevant plugins for their purpose.
- You can also filter out the plugins based on the plugin types and for a particular Moodle version.
- The sorting options includes based on the relevancy, download count, Site usage, Fans (Like button), Recently updated or recently added.
So, why wait? Head straight to the Moodle plugins directory and find the relevant plugins for your Moodle project. If you would like to share your views about the new interface then you can visit the plugins traffic forum and share your views there.
I really like the new design of the plugins directory and feels that this is the time when Moodle is meeting the design of similar sites globally. What’s your opinion about the new plugin interface? Share your views in the comments section below.