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Herb Miller is the web designer, web developer at Bobbing Wide, based in Rowlands Castle.

Yoast SEO – 300 million downloads

The total downloads of Yoast SEO ( aka WordPress SEO ) just exceeded 300 million. That’s over 70 million dowloads in the last 12 months.

  • 70 million downloads in a year is an enormous figure.
    • Only 10 plugins have achieved 70 million in total.
  • Yoast SEO’s average downloads a month is 5.8 million.
    • Only 111 plugins of 58,434 have achieved that figure in their lifetime .
  • Per day that’s just over 190 thousand.
    • 1885 plugins have achieved this total in their lifetime.
    • 95% of all plugins haven’t reached this figure.

Here’s last year.

It’s pretty amazing really. Here are the last few days. Note the big spike today – version 15.8 was released 11 hours ago. Downloads so far today are 1.2 million.

Five billion plugin downloads!

A short while ago, the total number of plugin downloads from wordpress.org exceeded 5 BILLION.

Herb Miller – reporting on output from wp-top12 – 24th January 2021

Since mid October 2019, I’ve been extracting information from wordpress.org in order to find the top 12 most downloaded plugins.

The figure’s been approaching 5 billion a few days now. In my most recent extract the total download for 58,370 plugins was 5,000,078,534.

Here’s a chart of the history.

Total plugin downloads history

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Top 12 plugins – 19 Jan 2021

These are the figures from an extract taken at 16:00 UTC.

Total downloads: 4,980,726,935

Plugins: 58289

Top 12 plugins – total downloads and active

Position Plugin Total downloads
12 optinmonster 45,146,145
11 updraftplus 47,134,023
10 wpforms-lite 60,351,302
9 all-in-one-seo-pack 73,982,368
8 google-analytics-for-wordpress 82,810,131
7 elementor 89,062,332
6 woocommerce 122,340,376
5 contact-form-7 169,969,494
4 wordfence 184,365,313
3 akismet 185,838,739
2 jetpack 212,202,184
1 wordpress-seo 295,628,888

Grouped by total downloads

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WordPress version compatibility

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Top 12 plugins – 19 Jan 2021

These are the figures for the extract taken at 11 am (UTC) on the 19th January.

Total downloads: 4,979,794,242

Plugins: 58281

Top 12 plugins – total downloads and active

Position Plugin Total downloads
12 optinmonster 45,143,902
11 updraftplus 47,126,147
10 wpforms-lite 60,343,023
9 all-in-one-seo-pack 73,977,940
8 google-analytics-for-wordpress 82,805,055
7 elementor 89,041,217
6 woocommerce 122,318,210
5 contact-form-7 169,948,640
4 wordfence 184,355,526
3 akismet 185,806,071
2 jetpack 212,186,642
1 wordpress-seo 295,594,401

Grouped by total downloads

Last updated

WordPress version compatibility

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SB Chart block

I’m just testing my brand new SB Chart block plugin. It diplays charts: Line, Bar, Horizontal bar and Pie. I’m going to use it in my monthly top 12 plugins report.

Top 12 Charts – January 2021

Total downloads: 4,979,794,242

Plugins: 58281

Top 12 plugins – total downloads and active

Position Plugin Total downloads
12 optinmonster 45,143,902
11 updraftplus 47,126,147
10 wpforms-lite 60,343,023
9 all-in-one-seo-pack 73,977,940
8 google-analytics-for-wordpress 82,805,055
7 elementor 89,041,217
6 woocommerce 122,318,210
5 contact-form-7 169,948,640
4 wordfence 184,355,526
3 akismet 185,806,071
2 jetpack 212,186,642
1 wordpress-seo 295,594,401

Grouped by total downloads

1->10 15
10->100 1481
100->1000 20122
1000->10000 24946
10000->100000 8879
100000->1000000 2293
1000000->10000000 474
10000000->100000000 65
100000000->1000000000 6

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WordPress version compatibility

Version Requires Tested
0.70 to 2.9 20218 4402
3.0 to 3.9 12988 9900
4.0 to 4.9 18107 17530
5.0 2178 1397
5.1 424 1089
5.2 718 2985
5.3 468 2664
5.4 242 3820
5.5 221 6031
5.6 48 6884
Other 2667 1500
Other+ 2 22
5.7 0 56
5.8 0 1

Star ratings

5 20006
4 6074
3 2520
2 673
1 1093
0 27915

Top 12 – 16th December 2020

On the 16th of December 2020 there were 58,121 plugins on wordpress.org. Or 57,993… depending on where you looked.

  • Akismet and Wordfence have swapped positions again. With Wordfence up to 3rd.
  • And Updraft Plus has overtaken OptinMonster in 11th place.
  • Six plugins have achieved more than 100 million downloads.
  • Fewer than 6% of the plugins have been tested with WordPress 5.6.
  • Just over a quarter have been tested with this year’s WordPress releases: 5.4, 5.5 & 5.6.

Some trivia

  • 69 plugins have been downloaded more than 10 million times.
  • The twenty most popular words used in plugin names are: wp, for, woocommerce, widget, post, wordpress, simple, custom, plugin, and, by, to, posts, image, form, easy, page, social google and admin. Used between 5000 and 750 times.
  • quiz appears 51 times on its own and 24 times as part of other words. eg quizzes – 5 and quizz – 3 times.
  • For some reason, in today’s extract, Google XML Sitemaps appears twice – in positions 21 and 22.

Total downloads: 4,907,197,347

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Top 12 – 18th November 2020

On the 18th of November 2020 there were 58,134 plugins on WordPress.org

  • Akismet and Wordfence have swapped positions.
  • Up to 3 – Akismet – last updated 23rd Oct. 1.5 million dowloads that day.
  • Down to 4 – Wordfence – last updated 21st Oct – the day I did my extract.
  • There are 7 times more plugins than there are themes ( 7,956 ).

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Top 12 – 21st October 2020

On the 21st of October 2020 there were 57,803 plugins on wordpress.org.

  • OptinMonster has overtaken UpdraftPlus.
  • Elementor has overtaken Google Analytics for WordPress.
  • Jetpack has reached 200 million downloads.
  • WordPress SEO total downloads has increased by 77 million in the past 12 months.

Total downloads: 4,653,582,090

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