The categories themselves are preset, only the choice is left to the developer, there were quite a few discussions to make sure there wasn't anything that could be too ambigious. I guess maintainers with access to the plugin repo could submit a change if there is any abuse but it might be best to play it by ear rather than be too restrictive from the outset.
dealing with appearance of some element/s of the app. For example line numbers, layout, etc.
built for the developers.
enhancing note editor.
dealing with files. For example import, export, backup, etc.
Thanks for the update. As a general rule I prefer not to be the only one reviewing projects, so please avoid @-mentioning me or anybody in particular, and instead simply ask the community to give their feedback
I really like version 1. It's very clear and provide good discoverability for users coming on the page for the first time. There's room to breath. It focuses on what's important to new users: discovering the top rated plugins, those that are the most useful and the most likely to be useful for those new users.
In version 2, the carousel would make sense if its content were pictures, but in this case, I don't think there will be any. Also, the side bar on the left takes a lot of space, provide little value for new users, and won't be easy to transpose for the mobile version of the website.
In my day job working in games, I specialize in UX and onboarding new users, so don't hesitate to ask me directly if you need guidance on those topics!
I've built a demo with Astro and deployed it on my personal Github repo. https://retr0ve.github.io/website-plugin/
This demo is not completed yet, many features such as search and the detail page are not finished.
Please feel free to make suggestions on UI, especially on how the banner should look like. Thank you!
The search field isn't obvious. Maybe a magnifying glass or simply the text "Search" could help? This would make it look similar to the note search field that's already used in Joplin.
There's almost no indication on mouse hover over categories in the left sidebar. I think the text colour changes very slightly, but it's basically unnoticeable. How about making the hover effect more obvious? Especially since hovering over other elements, e.g. plugins is very clear with background colour changes, etc.
I capture a few full-sized screenshots for you. Even if after I optimized for mobile devices, the layout will look a bit different than the desktop version. I think we should take the desktop layout as a starting point since currently mobile Joplin don't have a plugin system now.