Once you have a version of your new plugin that is ready to be distributed to the masses, you need to decide whether you will join the official WordPress repository or self-publish it.
In most cases, the preferred option is to add your new extension to the official WordPress plugin repository, where you have many benefits, including free hosting, built-in notification of new updates, and a powerful search engine that users can access on https://wordpress.org or from the
Plugins section of their website's administration pages. Other benefits of hosting on the official repository include download statistics and the creation of a free forum to facilitate user support. To qualify for this hosting, your work must be free and open source, as well as comply with the GNU General Public License, Version 2 (also known as GPL v2), a common open source software license that WordPress itself uses.