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: December 22nd, 2014

NumPluginAuthorScore
1SiteOrigin Widgets BundleSiteOrigin180
2Advanced Image StylesGregory Cornelius163
3Ultimate Social Media and Share Icons (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest etc.)UltimatelySocial158
4Live Forms - Visual Form BuilderWP Eden149
5WPSSO Place and Location Meta - for Facebook "Location" and Pinterest "Place"Jean-Sebastien Morisset146
6WooCommerce JetpackAlgoritmika Ltd127
7Uptolike Share Buttons119
8Faster PaginationFasterThemes119
9WP Super Snow (Falling Snow, Customizable)WebSharks, Inc.114
10IcegramIcegram113
11Slider WDWebDorado111
12RS FeedBurnerScott Allen110
13Facebook Like Boxsmplug-in108
14SidekickSidekick.pro107
15Facebook Comments by VivacityVivacity Infotech Pvt. Ltd.106
16Simple Follow Me Social Buttons WidgetLucy Tomás102
17WP Job Manager - Predefined RegionsAstoundify99
18WPSSO App Meta - for Apple's mobile Safari and Twitter's App CardJean-Sebastien Morisset97
19SEOSeo UK Team92
20Xmas LightsGraphicEdit91

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
1Popup MakerDaniel Iser428
2WFS Let It SnowWinking Frog Studios362
3PhpSword Favicon ManagerPradnyankur Nikam328
4ShortPixel Image OptimiserShortPixel286
5Nested PagesKyle Phillips286
6Snow FlurryHTML5andBeyond285
7BackupSygnoos263
8MS Custom LoginMignon Style261
9SG CachePressSiteGround253
10AccessPress Social IconsAccessPress Themes250
11SiteCondor SEOSebastián Brocher and Judd Lyon249
12WPsite Show IDsWPSITE.NET233
13Affinitomics + Taxonomy ConverterHans Hauge232
14InstaLocker ShortcodeAnikendra Das Choudhury228
15FEEDZY RSS FeedsBrice CAPOBIANCO221
16WP Media Category ManagementDe B.A.A.T. 213
17Increase Max Upload FilesizeAshutosh Kumar205
18Homepage Pop-upMagneticlab Sàrl190
19WooCommerce GermanizedVendidero184
20Note - A live edit text widgetSlocum Studio184

78 Comments

  1. Dec 20th, 2014 (2 days ago) 11:12 PM

    Thank you so much useful content,thank you very much

  2. Nov 26th, 2014 (4 weeks ago) 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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