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: August 23rd, 2015

NumPluginAuthorScore
1Better Google AnalyticsDigital Point177
2SVG SupportBenbodhi156
3InstagramWeblizar156
4EU Cookie LawAlex Moss, Marco Milesi, Peadig, Shane Jones122
5404 to 301Joel James122
6WordPress Countdown pluginwpdevart118
7Meks Simple Flickr WidgetMeksHQ117
8Maintenance ModeMuneeb113
9WP Latest PostsJoomUnited113
10OptinMonster - Best WordPress Popup and Lead Generation PluginThomas Griffin111
11YITH WooCommerce Quick ViewYithemes111
12Meks ThemeForest Smart WidgetMeksHQ109
13Meks Smart Social WidgetMeksHQ105
14Above The Fold OptimizationOptimalisatie.nl103
15Meks Easy Ads WidgetMeksHQ101
16Contact Form PluginGhozyLab, Inc.100
17YITH Live ChatYithemes100
18PDF EmbedderDan Lester100
19Recent Posts Widget With ThumbnailsMartin Stehle99
20Meks Smart Author WidgetMeksHQ99

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
1Chat - Live Chat, Support, Saleswp-chat356
2Amazon S3 Backup & Restore332
3RatingAdminisrator307
4WordPress REST API (Version 2)WP REST API Team293
5VK All in One Expansion UnitVektor,Inc.276
6Lightbox GalleryWeblizar274
7Lingotek TranslationLingotek and Frédéric Demarle257
8Scrollbar DesignerZia Imtiaz253
9CPO Content TypesCPOThemes252
10Social Sharing Buttons by Victor FreitasVictor Freitas243
11Swifty BarGoran Jakovljevic229
12Androapp - Native Android mobile app for wordpress siteGenius Fools226
13Check and Enable GZIP compressionRichard's Toolbox219
14HubSpot Tracking Code for WordPressHubSpotDev216
15Pojo FormsPojo Team216
16WP Autoset Featured Image PlusLucia Intelisano210
17Easy Affiliate LinksBootstrapped Ventures210
18WP Updates SettingsYslo205
19GalleryRoboSoft (c)202
20Responsive Gallery With LightboxWeblizar195

86 Comments

  1. Aug 10th, 2015 (3 weeks ago) 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Mar 23rd, 2015 7:16 PM

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

  6. Mar 22nd, 2015 1:44 AM

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

  7. Feb 25th, 2015 1:21 PM

    Awesome list of WP Plugins. Thanks for sharing !!

  8. Feb 11th, 2015 6:47 PM

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

  9. Dec 31st, 2014 4:16 AM

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

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Oct 5th, 2014 7:10 AM

    Thanks for these lists. Will surely use them :D

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. May 30th, 2014 2:35 PM

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

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