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:

Positionplugin20152016
1akismet4187086654086058
2contact-form-73326445745014223
3 up 1wordpress-seo2388896737219578
4 down 1all-in-one-seo-pack2534015431222282
5jetpack2085495730883469
6 up 4wordfence1065525922199987
7 up 2woocommerce1154216418968270
8 down 2google-sitemap-generator1777069718958317
9 down 2nextgen-gallery1389513716312099
10wordpress-importer1212605116023897
11google-analytics-for-wordpress1043628912697215
12wp-super-cache903149811313369
  • 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 downloads20152016
1->10167137
10->10024051815
100->10001530718017
1000->100001691919826
10000->10000059386799
100000->100000011181379
1000000->10000000127180
10000000->1000000001112

Most recent updates

Summary of when the plugin was last updated.

Last updated20152016
201616996
2015161497292
201466025429
201344624092
201239553773
201133253235
201031743121
200923922349
200812651247
2007430420
20066161
2005143143
200477

WordPress version compatibility

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

VersionRequires 2015Requires 2016Tested 2015Tested 2016
4.8232
4.73824477
4.622635115
4.5723753
4.45772637552962
4.330655251862246
4.234254035042334
4.144567527492070
4.01668306924301945
3.0 to 3.91320514381516714131
0.70 to 2.9238482522274267323
Other+40416895
Other2081226916281682

Star ratings

Stars20152016
51262615275
438104702
318282184
2538610
19881119
02218224275

Other interesting facts?

NumberFactoid

441

Plugins with login in their name
2500Plugins 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

YearTotal pluginsTotal downloadsNotes
201648166 1.506.575.759 From wordpress.org homepage
201648165 1.411.026.695 From wp-downloads extract
201541992 1.048.261.884 From wp-downloads extract