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Plugin should have index.php for both admin panel and frontend.

When writing description (summary) for plugin in install.xml file, do not place dot (period) in the end of sentence:

<summary>An option for users to create their own picture galleries</summary>

Plugin Icon

Since 2.2.4 plugins have an icon that is displayed in "Subrion Plugins" section here: http://www.subrion.org/plugins/
Besides this icon is displayed on the right side of a plugin details popup in Admin Panel. Icon should be place in PLUGIN_NAME/docs/img/ folder and it should have 'icon.png' name (PNG is required icon format). Recommended dimensions: 350px width, 350px height. Icon should be non-transparent, that means that icon should have a background.
We highly recommend to add an icon file to your own plugins.

MySQL Dump Import

There is a way to import mysql dump files during a plugin or package installation.

<install>
    <import type="sql">USA.sql</import>
</install>

The appropriate SQL dump file should be placed into includes/dumps/ folder.

Implement the confirmation when importing dumps.
There should be an ability to specify each import as optional.
Example:

    <import type="sql" optional="1" description="Canadian ZIP codes">my-dump.sql</import>
or
    <import type="sql" interact="confirmation/forced" description="Canadian ZIP codes">my-dump.sql</import>


In this case the script has to ask the user "Would you like to install Canadian ZIP codes?" when installing a package.

plugin_icon_template.psd - Plugin icon template (128 KB) Gleb Surinov, April 30, 2014 03:08