Top 10 WordPress plugins Christmas Eve 2012

I thought I’d do a little experiment… find the top 10 WordPress plugins just before Christmas, then again a week later. The top ten, in terms of average growth per day since mid August 2012, are now…

Plugin name and description Plugin links Version, total downloads, last update, tested
Contact Form 7
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
5.6.4
244,872,350
19th October 2022
6.1.1
Jetpack – WP Security, Backup, Speed, & Growth
Improve your WP security with powerful one-click tools like backup and malware scan. Get essential free tools including stats, CDN and social sharing.
11.5.1
303,704,916
2nd November 2022
6.1.1
All in One SEO – Best WordPress SEO Plugin – Easily Improve SEO Rankings & Increase Traffic
🤩 The original WordPress SEO plugin. Improve your WordPress SEO rankings and traffic with our comprehensive SEO tools and smart SEO optimizations! 🚀
4.2.7.1
106,483,218
8th November 2022
6.1.1
Yoast SEO
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.
19.11
490,730,380
29th November 2022
6.1.1
Akismet Spam Protection
The best anti-spam protection to block spam comments and spam in a contact form. The most trusted antispam solution for WordPress and WooCommerce.
5.0.1
265,883,777
8th November 2022
6.1.1
XML Sitemaps
This plugin will improve SEO by helping search enginess better index your site using sitemaps.
4.1.7
32,043,385
29th November 2022
6.0.3
WordPress Gallery Plugin – NextGEN Gallery
The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 31 million downloads.
3.30
36,417,580
5th October 2022
6.0.3
MonsterInsights – Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress (Website Stats Made Easy)
The best free Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. See how visitors find and use your website, so you can grow your business.
8.10.1
138,882,519
9th November 2022
6.1.1
gtrans No info available  
WordPress Importer
Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.
0.8
42,237,033
29th September 2022
6.1.1

Notes:

  • The top three exceed 10,000 downloads per day.
  • The first seven exceed 6,000 downloads per day.
  • All in one SEO pack is still the most popular: with over 13 million downloads
  • Akismet is second, with over 12.5 million.

Personally:

  •  I’ve stopped using Contact Form 7; I noticed that the CAPTCHA images don’t display in Chrome any more.
  • I’m now using Jetpack for a simple contact form.
  • I install WordPress SEO more often than All in one SEO.
  • I rarely use the Nextgen-gallery or gtrans.