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? CheckĀ 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: October 27th, 2014

NumPluginAuthorScore
1WPSSO App Meta - for Apple's mobile Safari and Twitter's App CardJean-Sebastien Morisset241
2Instagram FeedSmash Balloon142
3WPL Real EstateRealtyna Softwares137
4WooCommerce JetpackAlgoritmika Ltd118
5Image GalleryHuge-IT117
6Favicon by RealFaviconGeneratorPhilippe Bernard109
7LightboxHuge-IT109
8Master Slider - Responsive Touch Slideraverta102
9Popups - Wordpress PopupsDamian Logghe97
10Query posts by category... and display posts on page in grid layout without coding - Content ViewsPT Guy95
11Crazy Bonewokamoto94
12WP Product ReviewThemeisle89
13Social Share ButtonprojectW89
14iFeature SliderCyberChimps inc.87
15WP ReviewMyThemesShop87
16All-in-One WP MigrationServMask87
17Grid Gallery Ready!gallery plugin ready87
18SidekickSidekick.pro84
19Yasr - Yet Another Stars RatingDario Curvino83
20WP Tab WidgetMyThemeShop81

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
1cformsII - contact formOliver Seidel, Bastian Germann448
2WR Page BuilderWooRockets Team 333
3Ultimate Social Media and Share Icons (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest etc.)UltimatelySocial312
4Easy Responsive ShortcodeswpCMSdev292
5Xml SitemapJason Martens287
6StatsSeo UK Team285
7ClickBank Affiliate AdsClickBank Ads233
8Pure Chat - Free Live Chat Plugin for WordPressPure Chat227
9FrizzlyMarcin Skrzypiec218
10Subscribe Formsumarbajwa212
11OpenTickets Community EditionQuadshot Software LLC205
12Teamparatheme199
13ShareAndrew Morrison199
14Homepage Pop-upMagneticlab Sàrl198
15Video Galleryhttp://huge-it.com/194
16Responsive PortfolioWeblizar191
17Codenovo Portfoliocodenovo190
18WP Dashboard NotesJeroen Sormani182
19Advanced AdsThomas Maier182
20WordPress Zero SpamBen Marshall177

75 Comments

  1. 3 weeks ago

    Nice plugin score algorithm setup. I appreciate the plugins list of ones that help with problems that actually matter.

  2. 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for your effort to serve me and others in the wordpress community with these lists of plugins. I visit almost weekly your list and its one of my best tip when people asking me questions about the enormous selection of plugins available. I am not a web designer, however fashion designer with limited time and knowledge of codes etc. Thanks Kenneth, founder of buddha Jeans Company

  3. 4 weeks ago

    Thanks for these lists. Will surely use them :D

  4. Sep 21st, 2014

    Thanks for the list. Of course, what "best plugin" means is probably different depending on what you're actually looking for. But this provides a nice list of plugins to try.

  5. Sep 17th, 2014

    Thank you for this great roundup of WordPress plugins. With so many available, I appreciate having a short list to review and choose from.
    I especially like your Upcoming Stars list. Thanks again...can't wait to dig in further to some of the aforementioned WP plugins!
    Lisa

  6. Sep 8th, 2014

    Thanks Vladamir for this list of goodies.
    I found half a dozen good plugins that would be very useful on some of my blogs.

    I use your Insights plugin quite a bit.

    Thanks so much!

  7. Sep 6th, 2014

    Fruitful is nice one, I haven't seen similar plugin that offers this kind of elements in visual editor

  8. Jul 28th, 2014

    I was wondering how the "score" is determined?

    • Vladimir Prelovac
      Jul 29th, 2014

      It is all automated, using a special algorithm I developed that looks into downloads, trends, ratings etc

  9. May 30th, 2014

    Thanks for such a great plugin.Just what I needed to keep spammers away

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