Today, 30th August 2012, I am developing a presentation for WordUp Pompey! ( Rowlands Castle, Hants, UK ). The presentation takes the form of a website… THIS website. It takes a look at the top 10 most popular plugins that you can download from WordPress.org.
By taking a snapshot of the total downloads from the top 30 or so plugins listed by visiting WordPress Plugins > Most Popular I created a list of candidates on the 14th August. Now, 16 days later, I took another snapshot and have selected the Top 10 to be those with the highest average download rate. Other ways of measuring top 10-ness are listed elsewhere.
So, if you were unable to attend WordUp Pompey! in person and want to find out more about these plugins then start viewing the presentation now.