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.
5.9.7
340,413,003
17th July 2024
6.6
Jetpack – WP Security, Backup, Speed, & Growth
Improve your WP security with powerful one-click tools like backup, WAF, and malware scan. Includes free tools like stats, CDN and social sharing.
13.6
413,496,727
2nd July 2024
6.6
All in One SEO – Powerful SEO Plugin to Boost SEO Rankings & Increase Traffic
AIOSEO is the most powerful WordPress SEO plugin. Improve SEO rankings and traffic with comprehensive SEO tools and smart AI SEO optimizations!
4.6.7.1
154,242,482
18th July 2024
6.6
Yoast SEO
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.
23.0
695,074,896
11th July 2024
6.6
Akismet Anti-spam: 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.
5.3.3
327,165,376
10th July 2024
6.5.5
XML Sitemap Generator for Google
Generate multiple types of sitemaps to improve SEO and get your website indexed quickly.
4.1.21
40,474,035
16th July 2024
6.6
Photo Gallery, Sliders, Proofing and Themes – NextGEN Gallery
The most popular gallery plugin that lets you create galleries and albums in seconds.
3.59.4
40,787,139
18th July 2024
6.6
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 with powerful analytics.
8.28.0
188,497,662
10th July 2024
6.5.5
gtrans No info available  
WordPress Importer
Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.
0.8.2
51,685,555
16th January 2024
6.4.5

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.