Top 12 WordPress plugins – December 2016

Today, 22 December 2016, according to WordPress.org there are 48,166 plugins on WordPress.org.
Total downloads: 1,506,575,759.

That’s an increase of over 6,000 plugins (was 42,001), and nearly 400 million downloads (was 1,126,080,405), in one year.

Total downloads

The top 12 plugins, in terms of total downloads, are:

Position plugin 2015 2016
1 akismet 41870866 54086058
2 contact-form-7 33264457 45014223
3 up 1 wordpress-seo 23888967 37219578
4 down 1 all-in-one-seo-pack 25340154 31222282
5 jetpack 20854957 30883469
6 up 4 wordfence 10655259 22199987
7 up 2 woocommerce 11542164 18968270
8 down 2 google-sitemap-generator 17770697 18958317
9 down 2 nextgen-gallery 13895137 16312099
10 wordpress-importer 12126051 16023897
11 google-analytics-for-wordpress 10436289 12697215
12 wp-super-cache 9031498 11313369
  • Akismet and Contact Form 7 are still number one and two.
  • WordPress SEO has overtaken All in one SEO pack to become no. 3.
  • JetPack’s stayed at 5.
  • Google Sitemap generator has dropped 2 places from 6 to 8.
  • NextGen gallery has dropped from 7 to 9
  • WordPress importer down from 8 to 10
  • Both WooCommerce and Wordfence have overtaken these, with Wordfence more than doubling
  • Google Analytics for WordPress remains at number 11
  • And WP-Super-Cache exceeded 10 million downloads during the year

Total download ranges

The top 192 plugins, with over 1 million downloads each, account for 55% of the total downloads.

Total downloads 2015 2016
1->10 167 137
10->100 2405 1815
100->1000 15307 18017
1000->10000 16919 19826
10000->100000 5938 6799
100000->1000000 1118 1379
1000000->10000000 127 180
10000000->100000000 11 12

Most recent updates

Summary of when the plugin was last updated.

Last updated 2015 2016
2016 16996
2015 16149 7292
2014 6602 5429
2013 4462 4092
2012 3955 3773
2011 3325 3235
2010 3174 3121
2009 2392 2349
2008 1265 1247
2007 430 420
2006 61 61
2005 143 143
2004 7 7

WordPress version compatibility

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

Version Requires 2015 Requires 2016 Tested 2015 Tested 2016
4.8 2 32
4.7 38 2 4477
4.6 226 3 5115
4.5 72 3753
4.4 57 726 3755 2962
4.3 306 552 5186 2246
4.2 342 540 3504 2334
4.1 445 675 2749 2070
4.0 1668 3069 2430 1945
3.0 to 3.9 13205 1438 15167 14131
0.70 to 2.9 23848 25222 7426 7323
Other+ 40 41 68 95
Other 2081 2269 1628 1682

Star ratings

Stars 2015 2016
5 12626 15275
4 3810 4702
3 1828 2184
2 538 610
1 988 1119
0 22182 24275

Other interesting facts?

Number Factoid
441 Plugins with login in their name
2500 Plugins with widget in their name
10% Percentage of plugins using “wp” in their name

Caveats

There’s still a big difference between the total downloads displayed on wordpress.org/plugins and the number obtained using wp-downloads.

Not quite sure where the extra 95 million comes from. Perhaps there are two clones Akismet!

Total

Year Total plugins Total downloads Notes
2016 48166 1.506.575.759 From wordpress.org homepage
2016 48165 1.411.026.695 From wp-downloads extract
2015 41992 1.048.261.884 From wp-downloads extract

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