Best New WordPress Plugins

Update: The updated, full-featured list will from now on be available at ManageWP.org.

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: February 8th, 2016

NumPluginAuthorScore
1Widgets for SiteOriginwpinked234
2FormsHuge-IT224
3Google Analytics Counter TrackerWPAdm205
4The SEO FrameworkSybre Waaijer184
5InstagramWebDorado165
6SO Hide SEO BloatSO WP147
7Really Simple SSLRogier Lankhorst142
8Smart Slider 3Nextend137
9FAQWebDorado137
10Under Construction / Maintenance Mode from AcuraxAcurax114
11Ultimate Form Builder LiteAccessPress Themes113
12WP Performance Score BoosterDipak C. Gajjar109
13Custom 404 ProKunal Nagar107
14YITH Essential Kit for WooCommerce #1YIThemes105
15Image CarouselGhozyLab, Inc.99
16Pricing Table by Supsysticsupsystic.com98
17Gallery LightboxGhozyLab, Inc.96
18Cryout Serious Theme SettingsCryout Creations95
19Ultimate Social Media Icons PLUSUltimatelySocial94
20Tracking Code ManagerIntellyWP92

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
1Imagify Image OptimizerWP Media559
2Livemesh SiteOrigin WidgetsLivemesh305
3Social Pug - Easy Social Share ButtonsDevPups, Mihai Iova295
4Clean Up Booster - Optimize DB & WordPressthewpempire290
5amoFormsamoCRM267
6Instagram Plugin - InstaLinkerElfsight255
7Channeller - Telegram Channel AdministratorWebsima Creative Agency254
8Booking Ultra Pro Appointments PluginBooking Ultra Pro239
9Sassy Social ShareTeam Heateor236
10Asgaros ForumThomas Belser235
11Social MediaSygnoos231
12SAM Pro (Free Edition)minimus230
13AnalyticsFrederic Simon225
14AMPAutomattic216
15MediumA Medium Corporation215
16WP Mail SMTPJames Stamford 213
17Remove/hide Author, Date, Category Like Entry-MetaVenugopal.207
18My WP TranslateMyThemeShop206
19Form Builder by CaptainFormCaptainForm206
20Meks Time AgoMeks198

24 Comments

  1. Nov 23rd, 2015 8:05 AM

    Thanks for such a great list of wordpress plugins, but I want to know that how much plugins we can install to the wordpress blog as people says that more plugins will slow down the speed of blog.

  2. Nov 6th, 2015 8:10 PM

    A little bit strange result for Pirate Forms. What do you think? Email marketing to existing clients?

    • Nov 17th, 2015 6:13 AM

      Hey,

      We did some Email marketing, retargeting to current users and started to recommend pirate forms in our free WordPress themes. Due to the huge number of users that we have, the stats for pirate forms are pretty high as well :)

  3. Aug 10th, 2015 5:30 AM

    I was looking for a few latest plugins that might be helpful for my new blog but here I found too much of them and the main part is that they are with the name of their Author and also the scores.
    Thanks for such a hard work.

  4. Jun 18th, 2015 7:42 AM

    what a great list, i must appreciate your list i picked up 3 plugins for my site thank you.

  5. Jun 11th, 2015 1:17 PM

    Have you seen the new Bablic Localization WordPress plugin? It's a new & way more effective way of translation WordPress sites.

    Basically you start off by selecting the language you add and then choose from machine or human translation. You can then, right in their real-time visual editor, right-click on any element (text, images, css, error msgs, forms, etc) in your site and manually edit it.

    Once you're happy with the results, just click save & publish.

    Way easier than the older generation alternatives such as WPML, Polylang and so on which make you create pages, menus and so on. Especially that they always have compatibility issues with different plugins, themes, Bablic Localization works with everything!

  6. Apr 22nd, 2015 12:15 AM

    Thank you for sharing this,i must confess to you that have gain one thing or the other from this article.

  7. Mar 23rd, 2015 7:16 PM

    qTranslate X is the best plugin for translation I've ever used.

  8. Mar 22nd, 2015 1:44 AM

    Tried a few from the list. it's amazing. Thanks

  9. Feb 25th, 2015 1:21 PM

    Awesome list of WP Plugins. Thanks for sharing !!

  10. Feb 11th, 2015 6:47 PM

    So good work! Thank you for publishing this kind of WordPress stuff! It is very usefull!

  11. Dec 31st, 2014 4:16 AM

    Thanks for listing!! Really appreciate your contribution. Thnxs!!

  12. Nov 26th, 2014 9:38 PM

    Hi Vladimir. Thanks for featuring Beaver Builder on your upcoming stars list! We're quite flattered. Now you've made me quite curious about your "special algorithm." Is that code public? Keep up the good work :)

  13. Oct 15th, 2014 6:09 PM

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

  14. Oct 11th, 2014 11:29 AM

    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

  15. Oct 5th, 2014 7:10 AM

    Thanks for these lists. Will surely use them :D

  16. Sep 21st, 2014 3:25 PM

    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.

  17. Sep 17th, 2014 10:01 PM

    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

  18. Sep 8th, 2014 5:14 AM

    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!

  19. Sep 6th, 2014 3:00 AM

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

  20. Jul 28th, 2014 4:35 PM

    I was wondering how the "score" is determined?

    • Vladimir Prelovac
      Jul 29th, 2014 7:50 AM

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

  21. May 30th, 2014 2:35 PM

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

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