The Top 100 WordPress Plugins For Your Site
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If you are a regular WPMU reader, you will have no doubt seen the WPMU 100 that we released last month. With the post proving to be so popular, we thought that you might be in the mood for more of the same. So what we have for you today is a resource that will be useful for any WordPress user – from beginner to advanced.
Few of us have the time (or the inclination) to trawl through the WordPress Plugins Directory to find the best plugins. More often than not we discover plugins when they are featured on a site (such as WPMU), or recommended by a friend or colleague.
That being the case, you are probably missing out on at least a few quality plugins that you didn’t even know existed. And let’s be honest – the WordPress Plugins Directory is not particularly user-friendly in the way in which it presents popular and highest rated plugins. So we figured that we would do all the hard work for you.
Which brings us to this – The Top 100 WordPress Plugins. We have extracted all available data from the WordPress Plugin Directory and sorted it to bring you a list of the top 100 plugins for your WordPress site. These plugins have all been updated within the last 12 months, and are listed as being compatible with WordPress v3.0 and up (most of them are compatible with v3.3.x). Enjoy!
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Author: Tom Ewer
22 Responses to The Top 100 WordPress Plugins For Your Site
Great list. You have a few event calendars on there, but no mention of event registration plugins like Event Espresso .Seth Shoultes March 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm
It’s a good thing you mentioned it here then 😉
Outstanding, Tom. This list is a keeper – thanks for the effort!
Where is Magic Fields?WPMU should create a competing cms pluggin, I can’t for the life of me figure out why it hasn’t been done… (let me know if it has 😉
Magic Fields changed my web design / development life…
Scott Kasprick March 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Hey Scott,Magic Fields didn’t have enough ratings to make the list…thanks for mentioning it though. Who knows what the WPMU DEV team are cooking up at the moment – I know that they are working on some huge projects…
Love this list! I would add: Black Studio TinyMCE Widget by Black Studio and Duplicate Post by Enrico Battocchi
I agree Paula – I use Duplicate Post on almost every site I create. Plus, my clients love it!Anonymous March 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm
Thanks for the votes guys! The more plugins the merrier – although I had to stop at 100 for fear of losing my sanity!
Blech! These are just downloaded a lot, I don’t consider that “the top”. That means the features are in demand, whether the plugins work reliably or not (the fact that wp e-commerce is in the list is proof of that). Subscribe2 doesn’t include an opt-out link in the emails, basically making it’s use a violation of the CAN-SPAM Act.
Hello Valerie,I hate to break to you, but generally speaking, the most downloaded plugins are the top ones. It’s a market economy – for the most part, the best rise to the top. You can point out exceptions, but I think that this list is highly useful to a lot of people.
Since you don’t like the list, perhaps it might be constructive of you to suggest some plugins that you think should be on it? That would certainly help people 🙂
I would definitely add WP Members of Chad Butler. Not only it is a great free membership plugin, but also well supported.
Thanks for the list! I see a lot of plugins I’m using right now and which are on my own “hit list” of WordPress Plugins.
http://www.web-development-blog.com/wordpress-plugins/ I do not agree with the rankings (is this based one the number of downloads?) For example “Relevanssi”, a much better search function for WordPress ranks on #99 while the “Addthis” plugin ranks on #62. From the functionality and complexity are these plugins from two different worlds.
A second example is the number #1 a great sitemap plugin. While the sitemap included in WordPress SEO by Yoast is more advanced, is Yoast’s SEO plugin “only” on rank #5.
Maybe the author of this list doesn’t tried all all of them? 😉
That’s a good list Olaf – I’ll let you off the blatant plug ;-)The list was filtered by age and compatibility, then sorted by downloads, with some manual removals based upon ratings.
It is impossible to put together a list of 100 of anything without people picking fault; I like to look at the bigger picture 🙂
Hi Tom, thanks for keeping my link 😉
Yes you’re right there always a better list, but like your latest list of WordPress related site, there is always more.
Do you have an idea why WooCommerce is missing? The plugin is listed on wp.org, has 79K of downloads and recent updates.
Is this a kind of conflict between Woo and WPMU? (just guessing)
No – at a glance it would most likely be the number of ratings (only 105).
Your work to compile this list is greatly appreciated…I know how much time and resources are needed to complete a project like this…looking forward to following your Blog in the future…Best regards
What the other folks are saying about the headline being misleading is spot on. The most downloaded is not the same thing as the best. In many cases the ones with the most downloads are merely the ones that have been around the longest, and have thus collected more downloads that others.This is just a lazy collection link bait post. No helpful information at all.
Maybe Solomon can suggest his top list of plugins?
“Lazy” posts don’t typically take a few hours to put together :-)Rather than just stating how terrible the list is, perhaps you could suggest an alternative (better, in your opinion) means of compiling 100 top WordPress plugins? But then again, I have a feeling you might not have been here to offer constructive criticism…
And like John said, if you had any suggestions as to what plugins should have featured in the top 100 that didn’t, it would be most appreciated.
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