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: May 1st, 2016

NumPluginAuthorScore
1Imagify Image OptimizerWP Media212
2Instant Articles for WPAutomattic, Dekode, Facebook208
3Easy WordPress Contact Form Plugin - WPForms LiteWPForms207
4Sydney ToolboxaThemes168
5Asgaros ForumThomas Belser122
6Simple Custom CSS and JSDiana Burduja117
7Inline Related PostsIntellyWP114
8WC Fields FactorySaravana Kumar K110
9Weglot TranslateRemy B109
10Clean Up Booster - Optimize DB & WordPressthewpempire107
11Animate It!eLEOPARD Design Studios105
12Comet CacheWebSharks, Inc.104
13Booking Ultra Pro Appointments PluginBooking Ultra Pro104
14Media Library PlusMax Foundry101
15Featured Image From URLMarcel Jacques Machado100
16Smart Slider 3Nextend97
17Social Icons Widget by WPZOOMWPZOOM95
18SocialSygnoos94
19HTML5 Responsive FAQAman Verma94
20Yeloni Exit PopupJayasri Nagrale92

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
1Simple CacheTaylor Lovett396
2Maintenance Mode Templatewpshopmart357
3Facebook Feedumarbajwa330
4allfacebook Instant ArticlesLuehrsen // Heinrich314
5SparkPostSparkPost295
6WooCommerce PayPal Powered by Braintree Payment GatewayWooThemes294
7Advanced WordPress ResetYounes JFR.279
8WP ERPweDevs269
9Simply Symphony Visual Editor & Page BuilderJavaScript Tech243
10Blox Lite - Content Blocks for GenesisNick Diego240
11Uninstall Yoast SEORalph van Troost236
12Responsive Coming Soon Pagewpshopmart233
13Ultimate Gallery MasterWebHunt Infotech228
14Slider Slideshowumarbajwa217
15Beacon Marketing eBooksBeacon215
16WooCommerce Product FeedWebAppick211
17Shiny Updatesthe WordPress team196
18Flatty - Flat Admin Thememichelemarri195
19PHP SettingsAskupa Software188
20ACF-Content Analysis for Yoast SEOViktorFroberg, marol87, pekz0r, angrycreative186

25 Comments

  1. Mar 7th, 2016 2:59 AM

    Hello guys,

    First of all this isn't spamming or robot writing. I just think this would fit well with the topic
    Well we just released our plugin called Adminyo – Intelligent WP Admin
    and it features quite a lot of bold and unique tools to speed and ease time while working inside the Admin Area.

    His main powers are:
    Quick Search - It will display a organized list of your results while your are typing. You also get 3 buttons near every result so you can edit,view or create a shortcut on your dashboard of the desired result.
    Pin to Dashboard - Create shortcuts of your most viewed or edited posts so you can instantly start working after you login. It supports all Custom Post Types.
    Floating Action Button - It will add a nice fixed action button on the edit pages so you can update,view,pin or scroll on top right at your finger tip.
    Misc. Tools - Adds small functions such as CTRL+S to save your progress in any of the post types, CTRL+D that will get you to the dashboard from anywhere or just customize your Admin menu with a auto-collapse function or completly hiding it.

    For more informations , demo or simply check some GIF's please visit us at http://www.bit.do/adminyo

    We are really looking forward on developing this plugin and make it based on the community's wishes and frustrations so any helpfull advice or idea may come to life.

    Thanks for your time and have a great day reader!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Mar 23rd, 2015 7:16 PM

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

  9. Mar 22nd, 2015 1:44 AM

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

  10. Feb 25th, 2015 1:21 PM

    Awesome list of WP Plugins. Thanks for sharing !!

  11. Feb 11th, 2015 6:47 PM

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

  12. Dec 31st, 2014 4:16 AM

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

  13. 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 :)

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Oct 5th, 2014 7:10 AM

    Thanks for these lists. Will surely use them :D

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. May 30th, 2014 2:35 PM

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

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