WordPress 2.8 is out now. WordPress is my favourite blogging platform and my blog runs on it. It has more than 13 million users in total and the self-hosted WordPres.org has been downloaded more than 5 million times. See a guide on how to install WordPress.
Plugins are a big part of the WordPress community. Over the years I have used many of the best WordPress plugins. WordPress plugins help you make a better blog and get more reader interaction. There are in total 4,245 plugins and these have been downloaded 22,152,788 times.
18 most downloaded WordPress plugins
This post is a tribute to the top 18 most downloaded WordPress plugins ever (Akismet is not included as it comes with the default WordPress installation). Each of these 18 has been downloaded a minimum of 200,000 times.
- All in One SEO Pack – Automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization) – Downloads 1,603,368
- Google XML Sitemaps – Create a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog – Downloads 954,459
- NextGEN Gallery – A full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a Flash slideshow option – Downloads 715,819
- WordPress.com Stats – You can have simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server by plugging into WordPress.com’s stat system –Downloads 712,71
- WP Super Cache – A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files – Downloads 492,637
- Contact Form 7 – Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible –Downloads 393,916
- WordPress Automatic upgrade – Allows a user to automatically upgrade the WordPress installation to the latest one – Downloads 288,600
- Sociable – Automatically adds links to your favorite social bookmarking sites to your posts, pages and RSS feed – Downloads 284,117
- Viper’s Video Quicktags – Allows easy and XHTML valid posting of videos from various websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, and more –Downloads 254,807
- Simple Tags – The successor of Simple Tagging Plugin and is THE perfect tool to perfectly manage your WP tags – Downloads 254,353
- WP-DB-Backup – On-demand backup of your WordPress database – Downloads250,795
- Google Analyticator – Same as the one above, enables Google Analytics tracking – Downloads 229,970
- Add to Any: Share/Bookmark/Email Button – Helps readers share, save, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious and over 100 more – Downloads 226,056
- WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can also easily add a poll into your WordPress’s blog post / page – Downloads 222,196
- Sidebar Widgets – Adds “Sidebar Widgets” panel under Presentation menu –Downloads 221,024
- podPress – A dream plugin for podcasters using WordPress – Downloads207,491
- WP-PageNavi – Adds a more advanced paging navigation your WordPress blog –Downloads 204,005
Wisdom of the crowds?
“Wordpress Automatic upgrade” and “Sidebar Widgets” are the classics which are no longer needed as they are a part of WordPress now.
From the top 18 plugins I currently only use Google XML Sitemaps, WP Super Cache and Contact Form 7 on my blog. All in one SEO Pack and Google Analytics are also very important but my Thesis theme has these functions built-in.
What do you think about the wisdom of the crowds in case of WordPress plugins? Are these the best plugins? Do you still use any of them?