The No Longer in Directory plugin is an excellent tool for maintaining the plugins in your WordPress site. It performs two checks:
The plugin will check the plugins on your site and list those that match either of those criteria. It only scans plugins that are listed in the WordPress.org, so it won't scan premium (purchased) plugins. You should manually check to make sure those are still maintained by visiting the plugin author's site.
Plugins that aren’t actively maintained can cause security vulnerabilities and compatibility issues, which could break your site. We've had sites come to us that had been hacked or broken because of outdated plugins.
No Longer in Directory only runs when you manually run it; it doesn’t automatically run in the background. So, as a site owner, you should manually run it every few months (unless you're covered by our WordPress Maintenance Service).
When we create a new site and install all the necessary plugins, we run No Longer in Directory to make sure that none of plugins have been removed from the directory or become outdated since the last time we used those plugins.
When we evaluate a site that wants to sign up for our WordPress Maintenance Service, we run No Longer in Directory to understand what plugin issues we'll need to work through.
Do you use No Longer in Directory? If so, what's your opinion? If not, what do you use instead?
Do you need help evaluating or replacing your plugins? Contact OptimWise!