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: January 26th, 2015

NumPluginAuthorScore
1WP Optimize By xTrafficxTraffic150
2Live Forms - Visual Form BuilderWP Eden140
3Coming soon and Maintenance modemaintenance mode GG, wpdevart, big ben keeper132
4Facebook Like Boxsmplug-in118
5RS FeedBurnerScott Allen117
6Amazon Web ServicesBrad Touesnard114
7Page Builder by WooRockets.comWooRockets Team 108
8SiteGuard WP PluginJP-Secure106
9Responsive Pricing TableWP Darko104
10RSS Post Importerfeedsapi104
11Ultimate Social Media and Share IconsUltimatelySocial102
12Google Maps BuilderWordImpress100
13Max Mega MenuTom Hemsley99
14Recent Posts Widget With ThumbnailsMartin Stehle96
15WPSSO Place and Location Meta - for Facebook "Location" and Pinterest "Place"Jean-Sebastien Morisset94
16Advanced Adshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/advanced-ads93
17Яндекс МетрикаKonstantin Kovshenin93
18WP Social SharingArjun Jain92
19SiteOrigin Widgets BundleSiteOrigin89
20SG CachePressSiteGround85

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
1Business One ToolKitBurak Aydin432
2Showcase - Visual Composer AddonCHR Designer317
3Flickr Justified GalleryMiro Mannino310
4Custom User Registration Form BuilderCMSHelpLive Team302
5Pollwpdevart272
6Miniclip Games ArcadeMiniclip SA259
7TemplatesNext ToolKitTemplatesNext235
8AccessPress Social IconsAccessPress Themes201
9GoUrl Bitcoin Payment Gateway & Paid Downloads & MembershipGoUrl.io196
10Genesis Simple Sharecopyblogger195
11Easy Image SliderGhozyLab, Inc.193
12WP Acceleration for ChinaLomu188
13WooCommerce PDF & PrintgVectors Team187
14ShortPixel Image OptimiserShortPixel184
15qTranslate XJohn Clause based on original code by Qian Qin179
16Responsive Mortgage Calculatorliddweaver178
17Google Analytics Adder With User Id TrackingJeff Bulllins178
18WP Quick Booking Managerwpproducts176
19Preserved HTML Editor Markup PlusMarcus E. Pope, marcuspope, Jason Rosenbaum, J-Ro172
20Cr3ativ SponsorJonathan Atkinson172

78 Comments

  1. Dec 31st, 2014 4:16 AM

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

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Oct 5th, 2014 7:10 AM

    Thanks for these lists. Will surely use them :D

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. May 30th, 2014 2:35 PM

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

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