Best New WordPress Plugins

Update: Install plugins mentioned in this articles to your sites with ManageWP.

The extend page for plugins on WordPress.org features the most popular, highly rated, recently updated and new plugins.

But one thing missing is rising stars - plugins that are not yet quite so popular but are rapidly becoming so based on current downloads and ratings. These plugins would normally get no exposure and I decided to change that.

I will update the list every week on Monday so make sure you check come back for changes and newcomers. Interested in themes? Check Best new WordPress themes list, also updates every Monday.

The list is available in form of a WordPress plugin WP Quick Deploy, which also allows you to install any plugin from the list with just one click.

Best New Plugins

This list contains plugins downloaded between 10,000 and 100,000 times total, sorted by last week's popularity.

Last updated: April 21st, 2014

NumPluginAuthorScore
1Super SocializerThe Champ201
2WordPress Canvas - ShortcodesChris Baldelomar126
3WP Fastest CacheEmre Vona117
4Redux FrameworkRedux111
5WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing SlipsEwout Fernhout107
6WP Construction ModeSmartCat104
7Media File Manager AdvancedThibault El Zamek103
8Photo Galleryhttp://web-dorado.com/95
9Ultimate Nofollowbitacre95
10PDF & PrintBestWebSoft94
11Crafty Social ButtonsSarah Henderson92
12Standout CSS3 ButtonsJimmy Peña92
13Alfie WP WeatherAppcuarium88
14Easy Bootstrap Shortcodeoscitas88
15WP BitlyMark Waterous & Chip Bennett88
16WP Google Map Pluginflippercode87
17Child Theme ConfiguratorLilaea Media86
18MainWP ChildMainWP83
19Simple Custom CSSJohn Regan83
20Contact BankTech Banker82

Upcoming Stars

These are newer plugins that show good potential and are on their way to the Best New plugins category.

This list contains plugins downloaded between 1,000 and 10,000 times total, sorted by last week's popularity.

NumPluginAuthorScore
1WP Super Cache - Clear all cacheApasionados.es471
2WP Facebook Like ButtonVivacity Infotech Pvt. Ltd.453
3WP-SpamShield Anti-SpamScott Allen361
4WP Shortcode by MyThemeShopMyThemeShop360
5Instagram Slider Widgetjetonr320
6Sliderhttp://huge-it.com/305
7SO Jetpack Stats OnlyPiet Bos294
8PopupAllyNathalie Lussier Media Inc.293
9WP Twitter Feedsvivacityinfotech282
10WP Database BackupPrashant Walke281
11Incoming LinksMonitor Backlinks270
12Widget Twitterhttp://web-dorado.com/260
13Scroll Back To TopJoe Sexton254
14MN Contact FormMN Themes251
15ClefDavid Michael Ross248
16Menu IconsDzikri Aziz243
17LeadInAndy Cook, Nelson Joyce228
18WP InjectThomas Hoefter217
19SubscriberBestWebSoft206
20Nino Social Connectninotheme.com206

65 Comments

  1. Mar 20th, 2014

    Thanks Vladimir for the list. I'm the author of WP Pipes plugin at http://wpbriz.com/pipes.

    I would like to ask how you monitor these such information?

    • Mar 20th, 2014

      WP Pipes plugin is #5 in the Upcoming Stars list, btw.

      • Mar 20th, 2014

        It's a special algorithm :)

        • Mar 21st, 2014

          It's good to know it's a special logic thing. It's my honor to be there in the list.

  2. John
    Mar 4th, 2014

    Hy guys,

    I want recommend this plugin http://wordpress.org/plugins/audio-comments/

    sorry for spam

  3. Dec 11th, 2013

    Hello Vladimir,

    Thanks for this page, i use it often now. Sometimes i tried to translate some news plugins, to help the WordPress community !

    Thanks again

  4. Nov 5th, 2013

    WOW! Nice list. Now I know what to looking for to my wordpress website. Many thanks

  5. Nov 5th, 2013

    WOW! Nice list, I like that. Now I know what to looking for for my wordpress website. Many Thanks.

  6. Eli Scheetz
    Mar 22nd, 2013

    I cannot unsubscribe to your comment notices!

    When I click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any notice I get this error:
    You may not access this page without a valid key.

    I thought you would want to fix this, but if not, please at least remove me from the list.

  7. Leslie
    Mar 22nd, 2013

    Wonderful list! Thank you for sharing ... love your "Goal" :-)

  8. Mar 6th, 2013

    I’d need to check with you here. Which is not one thing I normally do! I get pleasure from studying a put up that will make people think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  9. Feb 26th, 2013

    Wow, cool! :) Thanks for this rating!

  10. Feb 25th, 2013

    This is very help full for me to create my blog

  11. Feb 9th, 2013

    Great plugins .. i like fresh ideas for SEO.

    I use Squirrly SEO Plugin ... I use it on my Samsung Tab II and works smoothly. Definitely recommend.

  12. Andrew
    Feb 4th, 2013

    A really helpful list of WP plugins and I will be checking these out soon. You should also check out the GroupDocs annotation plugin for WP as well. I have found it quite useful for my blog as I annotate my files quickly using this app. Check details here:

    http://groupdocs.com/blog/groupdocs-annotation/archive/2012/11/09/announcing-groupdocs-annotation-app-plugin-for-wordpress.html

  13. Nov 27th, 2012

    This is really one of the best lists of latest plugins category. Thank you very much for sharing to us.

  14. Nov 18th, 2012

    really helpful article my friend, all above plugins are good to start of website in wordpress. thank's buddy

  15. Nov 10th, 2012

    I am the creator of the Anti-Malware Plugin that shows up on your Best New Plugins list. I was wondering how you compile your data for this report. Specifically, where does the Popularity/Score number come from?

    I only found your site because it had my name on it but now I'm checking out your plugins and I just have to say I like what I'm seeing. I am very interested in Plugin Central. Is it capable of installing plugins without giving WordPress my FTP credentials?

    Thanks for your time in all that your do here!

    • Nov 10th, 2012

      Hi Eli

      I devised an algorithm taking into accounts downloads, ratings, comments...

      Yes Plugin central can do that (as well as ManageWP.com)

      • Nov 10th, 2012

        Cool, thanks for the quick reply.

        I just installed your Plugin Central 2.4.4 on my personal blog running WP 3.3 but when I try the Easy plugin Installation it fails and says "To perform the requested action, WordPress needs to access your web server. Please enter your FTP credentials to proceed. If you do not remember your credentials, you should contact your web host."

        How can I get it to install without entering my FTP credentials?

        • Nov 10th, 2012

          Make sure WordPress has necessary write permissions to write to your server.

  16. RS Publishing
    Nov 7th, 2012

    Wow! SUPER list you have here Mr. Prelovac,

    Feels good to have our plugin made your list of upcoming stars :)

    Cheers,

    R

  17. Oct 22nd, 2012

    You have collected good plugins list for social media with WordPress.

  18. Foreman
    Oct 17th, 2012

    You might want to remove the Youtube plugin link. Doesn't exist.

  19. Oct 3rd, 2012

    Awesome list of plugins...!!! Feel like flying..!!! Happy to see my name in Upcoming Stars list.

  20. Oct 2nd, 2012

    thank you so much for this great informative article..

  21. Jun 29th, 2012

    It looks very promising but many good plugins aren't listed on wordpress repository :/

  22. Jun 21st, 2012

    Awesome list! Thank you very much. WP-AutoSharePost rocks!

  23. Apr 6th, 2012

    Thank you for supplying this list and the themes list. Now I have a go to place to check the latest and greatest.

  24. Andrew M.
    Mar 29th, 2012

    My vote goes to the Comment SPAM Wiper plugin. It helped me get rid of that nagging comment SPAMs.

  25. Feb 17th, 2012

    Thank you, I like WP Easy Gallery Plugin

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