The plugin also allows you to list plugin versions and can even provide a download for the files on public, password-protected, or subscription-protected pages.
You can see an example of the on-page version list here.
Its a service that provides the infrastructure for updating plugins and makes it easy to integrate into your own plugins.
I was working on three projects at the same time and I've found myself copying code from one project to another and then making small changes. First thing that occured to me was creating a Laravel package, hosting it on Git Hub and publish it to Packagist, so that I can use it with Composer.
If I write a private plugin, is there any way to use the Word Press auto-update mechanism to update it? I believe this was discussed as a filterable option on the wp-hackers mailing list back in the day. I think the relevant discussion was in this thread: lists.automattic.com/pipermail/wp-hackers/2009-February/… Since time immemorial, only plugins hosted in the official Word plugin directory have supported automatic updates.
I want to encapsulate the functionality, but it's specific to my own 5 or so blogs, so it's not a good candidate for the public plugins resource. Now, I’ve written a PHP library that you can use to add automatic update capabilities to any plugin.
I have been using the plugin for months to publish the change log for my premium add-ons, the current versions list, and download lists for my Premier Subscription holders.
Now, with version 0.7.01, it is working as the query destination for inline Word Press updates. If you want a hosted solution that you don't have to manage, check out Kernl (https://kernl.us).