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: September 21st, 2014

NumPluginAuthorScore
1Image GalleryHuge-IT252
2Lightbox Slider GalleryWeblizar240
3WPSSO Social Sharing Buttons - Fast and Accurate Shares!Jean-Sebastien Morisset185
4Instagram FeedSmash Balloon180
5Master Slider - Responsive Touch Slideraverta177
6Portfolio Galleryhttp://huge-it.com/160
7SidekickSidekick.pro160
8Double your Email Subscribers + Double your Sharing by SumoMeSumoMe151
9LightboxHuge-IT122
10Query posts by category... and display posts on page in grid layout without coding - Content ViewsPT Guy115
11YITH WooCommerce Ajax SearchYour Inspiration Themes112
12Akeeba Backup CORE for WordPressAkeeba Ltd109
13Responsive Photo GalleryWeblizar106
14AffinitomicsPrefrent101
15WP ReviewMyThemesShop99
16WP BackupUmar92
17DuracellTomi's Google Tag Manager for WordPressThomas Geiger91
18WP Visual Icon FontsPaul van Zyl87
19Tabby Responsive Tabscubecolour86
20WooCommerce Poor Guys Swiss KnifeUli Hake85

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
1PlusCaptchaPlusCaptcha602
2iFeature SliderCyberChimps inc.452
3WooCommerce Mijireh CheckoutWooThemes449
4qTranslate PlusPapa Salvatore Mirko (Originally created by Qian Qin)403
5Remove Google Fonts ReferencesBruno Xu361
6LessButtons Social Sharing and StatisticsChris Clark325
7Google Analytics MasterTechGasp305
8MailMunch - Increase your Email Subscribers by over 500%MailMunch276
9Coming Soon CCChop-Chop.org267
10Lightweight Social IconsThomas Usborne249
11Ultimate Landing Pageumarbajwa241
12Easy Lightbox PopupGhozyLab, Inc.239
13Related Posts for WordPressBarry Kooij234
14Page TransitionNumix Technologies, Gaurav Padia, Asalam Godhaviya227
15Faster PaginationFasterThemes221
16WP Mail Bank - PHPMailer & SMTP MailerTech Banker193
17Adsense Made Easy - Best Simple Ad InserterSeo101193
18Simple Follow Me Social Buttons WidgetLucy Tomás190
19WP Job Manager - Contact ListingAstoundify189
20Responsive Lightboxsubhansanjaya178

72 Comments

  1. 3 days ago

    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.

  2. 1 week ago

    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

  3. 3 weeks ago

    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!

  4. 3 weeks ago

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

  5. 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

  6. May 30th, 2014

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

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