Top 11 WordPress plugins – December 2015

It’s been a while since I produced a list of the top 10 WordPress plugins. Recently, I completed a first pass analysis of the 41,795 plugins on wordpress.org as of 12th December 2015.

The total downloads was a staggering: 1,038,708,495

There are 11 plugins with over 10 million downloads.

Plugin Total downloads
akismet 41144701
contact-form-7 32979109
all-in-one-seo-pack 25140527
wordpress-seo 23653001
jetpack 20548004
google-sitemap-generator 17736042
nextgen-gallery 13841732
wordpress-importer 12043431
woocommerce 11347209
wordfence 10471852
google-analytics-for-wordpress 10405465

Total download ranges

The top 138 plugins, with over 1 million downloads each, account for 47% of the total downloads.

Total downloads # plugins
1->10 185
10->100 2381
100->1000 15218
1000->10000 16857
10000->100000 5908
100000->1000000 1108
1000000->10000000 127
10000000->100000000 11

Most recent updates

Summary of when the plugin was last updated.

Year Plugins updated
2015 15894
2014 6665
2013 4477
2012 3955
2011 3327
2010 3177
2009 2392
2008 1266
2007 430
2006 61
2005 143
2004 7

WordPress version compatibility

Versions of WordPress – minimum required versions and tested up to.

WordPress version Requires Tested
4.5 62 0
4.4 2592 22
4.3 5922 295
4.2 3639 338
4.1 2793 438
4.0 2459 1627
3.0 to 3.9 15205 13166
0.70 to 2.9 7424 23790
Other 1626 2080
Other+ 67 45

Star ratings

Plugin ratings.

Stars Count
5 12555
4 3780
3 1834
2 533
1 989
Unrated 22104

Other interesting facts?

Number Factoid
1690 Different ways of indicating which version of WordPress is required.
1 Plugin was last updated in 1969. This shows as 1 min ago on wordpress.org/plugins/wp-notifications. sneaky?
441 Plugins with login in their name
2500 Plugins with widget in their name
10% Percentage of plugins using “wp” in their name

Caveat

Since I started the analysis the total displayed on wordpress.org/plugins reached: 1,115,557,720… 41,798 plugins on the 13th December. Today (20th December). it’s 41,977 plugins with 1,124,309,632 downloads.

Not quite sure where the extra 80 million comes from. Perhaps there are two clones Akismet!

Top 10 WordPress plugins – New Years Eve 2012

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