Top 40 WordPress Plugins: Most Popular Plugins

by: Gijs Hovens

We have done some research for you at wordpress.org and found out which the top WordPress plugins are most popular at this moment. We included number of all-time downloads and rating as well. The most popular plugin at this moment is anti-spam plugin Akismet. The number two spot is occupied by Jetpack, closely followed by Yoast SEO at number three.

The Top 40 looks as follows per 8 October 2015:

Position Plugin Name Downloads Last Month Downloads Alltime Rating
1 Akismet 1053253 36042607 4,8
2 Jetpack by WordPress.com 793131 19186526 4
3 Yoast SEO 781794 21861214 4,5
4 Wordfence Security 650775 9155636 4,9
5 WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce 484072 10083734 4,5
6 All in One SEO Pack 362596 24431578 4,4
7 TinyMCE Advanced 300144 6156971 4,5
8 WP Super Cache 249814 8255490 4,2
9 WordPress Importer 242539 11491492 3,2
10 NextGEN Gallery 227178 13619964 3,1
11 Black Studio TinyMCE Widget 207170 2419597 4,7
12 MailChimp for WordPress 201745 2167401 4,9
13 Google Analytics Dashboard for WP 198953 3785624 4,4
14 Google Analytics by Yoast 196052 10146376 4
15 Page Builder by SiteOrigin 191373 2452679 4,7
16 iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) 179388 5360578 4,7
17 UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration 177819 3138017 4,9
18 Redirection 175030 2876847 4,2
19 The Events Calendar 174296 2176146 4,6
20 WPtouch Mobile Plugin 156797 7958245 3,5
21 Duplicator 144597 2055989 4,9
22 MailPoet Newsletters 134830 4051610 4,8
23 Advanced Custom Fields 134356 4015103 4,9
24 Meta Slider 131219 2752256 4,8
25 Gallery 130807 1531016 4,6
26 Google XML Sitemaps 111596 17497534 4,9
27 Shortcodes Ultimate 110369 1885192 4,8
28 WP-PageNavi 101445 6103382 4,7
29 AddToAny Share Buttons 95844 4353032 4,7
30 BackWPup Free – WordPress Backup Plugin 95304 1998199 3,9
31 Fast Secure Contact Form 88151 5942745 4,7
32 Captcha by BestWebSoft 81458 3102895 4,5
33 Regenerate Thumbnails 72360 2315951 4,8
34 Multibyte Patch 68622 1766142 5
35 InfiniteWP Client 66051 1386999 4,6
36 Disable Comments 65848 2036869 4,9
37 User Role Editor 62525 2080490 4,8
38 Really Simple CAPTCHA 61773 3700486 4,2
39 Contact Form by BestWebSoft 57598 3281179 3,7
40 TablePress 54475 1152981 5

Not surprisingly the largest number of plugins in the Top 40 (17) aim to add or improve functionality and usability within the WordPress back-end.  Most worrying is the number of security related plugins. 20% of the plugins in the Top 40 is about improving security, backups or combating spam.  All in all, only a small number of plugins have a visual or functional impact for the site visitor.

Top WordPress Plugins: Top 40 most popular

“The high number of security and backup plugins in the Top 40 leads to think that WordPress is not very safe in the perception of its users. In our experience WordPress itself is very safe, not updating the plugins is the main cause of problems. We are glad to see that almost all plugins in the Top 40 update their plugins very actively.” -Alexander van Steen, system engineer at Savvii.

Plugin involvement

When looking at security, it is important a plugin is actively updated and supported. The top wordpress plugins are created by developers that are definitely actively involved. 80% of the top plugins is updated last month and only one plugin isn’t updated in 2015.

Of all top plugins, 44% of all support threads on wordpress.org have been resolved in the last two months. This shows that a lot of plugin developers choose a different channel to handle support requests. Some don’t handle support requests at all unless you use a premium version.

Currently only 17 plugins have more than 1 million active installs (1 outside of the Top40).

This research is done by analysing the number of downloads from plugins in the WordPress.org public repository over the last 4 weeks.

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