wp-plugins.org expired

Update: wp-plugins.org is back online. Thanks for taking the trouble to keep it going Craig, we appreciate it!

wppluginsorgIt seems that the owner of the wp-plugins.org domain, the WordPress Plugin Repository that hosts a large number of the plugins for WordPress (including my own), has failed to re-register the domain & it expired yesterday. At the moment all you see is a domain-parking site which, according to the email link at the bottom, is hosted by www.whois-help.info, which in turn redirects to Enom. The DNS records for the domain show the prior registrant as Nuclear Moose, whose own domain has been suspended.

There are 2 threads on the support forums at the moment (here & here) the some people suggesting that the site itself has been unmaintained for some time now. I think that the idea here that there be an ‘official’ plugins.wordpress.org repository is a good idea. The SVN repository was very handy.

There’s no mention of this by Matt yet. Matt Mullenweg confirms that the domain expired accidentally:

The domain apparently expired. I thought Craig had transferred that domain but obviously not, I sent him an email this morning but haven’t heard back yet. If it’s going to take more than a day or so, I can setup everything again on a subdomain of wordpress.org or something.

Does anyone know what’s going to be happening with the SVN repository? I’ve got my own local copies of my plugins, but I’d like to have the SVN history, even if the site isn’t going to come back. The ability to do easy installs of plugins & even WordPress itself is something I’ll miss if a replacement doesn’t appear, and as a Plugin developer, I like having one central repository.

There’s an interesting discussion going on in reply to Matt’s email on the wp-hackers mailing list about where the repository should be put once it’s back online.

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5 thoughts on “wp-plugins.org expired

  1. Hi,
    As is often the case, when things go bad, they go really bad. For some reason the wp-plugins.org domain was gone from my list of domains at my registrar. As it was not visible, I assumed that it was one of many domains I pushed over to Matt some time ago.

    Turns out there was an issue with the registrar and when I suddenly got an email from Matt about it, I went to my domain management and saw that it was not there. I contacted the registrar support and they fixed the issue. I then moved the domain to a new registrar, not knowing that .ORG (and other) domains require an authorization code to be generated by the original registrar.

    Sigh. You still with me?

    Anyway, it took two days to get the authorization code, and as of 1100 hrs PST July 22, 2006 I finished the transfer process. Now it’s just a matter of time for the transaction to complete and for the domain to become active again.

    My sincere apologies to everyone for this major inconvenience!

    BTW, this had nothing to do with my own domain being suspended…I simply forgot to renew the hosting package – it was simply coincidental with the wp-plugins.org issue.

  2. Hi,As is often the case, when things go bad, they go really bad. For some reason the wp-plugins.org domain was gone from my list of domains at my registrar. As it was not visible, I assumed that it was one of many domains I pushed over to Matt some time ago.Turns out there was an issue with the registrar and when I suddenly got an email from Matt about it, I went to my domain management and saw that it was not there. I contacted the registrar support and they fixed the issue. I then moved the domain to a new registrar, not knowing that .ORG (and other) domains require an authorization code to be generated by the original registrar.Sigh. You still with me?Anyway, it took two days to get the authorization code, and as of 1100 hrs PST July 22, 2006 I finished the transfer process. Now it’s just a matter of time for the transaction to complete and for the domain to become active again.My sincere apologies to everyone for this major inconvenience!BTW, this had nothing to do with my own domain being suspended…I simply forgot to renew the hosting package – it was simply coincidental with the wp-plugins.org issue.

  3. Mate, I know the feeling, I has similar hassles trying to move a client’s domain a year or so ago. As I updated above, thanks for all your work. wp-plugins.org is a great resource for all us plugin developers, we appreciate that you keep it running off your own back.

  4. Mate, I know the feeling, I has similar hassles trying to move a client’s domain a year or so ago. As I updated above, thanks for all your work. wp-plugins.org is a great resource for all us plugin developers, we appreciate that you keep it running off your own back.

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