Top 12 WordPress plugins – November 2019

Today, 5 November 2019, according to WordPress.org there are 54,497 plugins on WordPress.org.

That’s a decrease of over 400 plugins (was 54,927) in less than a month.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS: 3,550,985,988

was 3,492,183,046 in October 2019

In terms of Total Downloads, the top 12 plugins table, with a new column added for 2019, is:

Position move plugin 2015 2016 2019
1 up 2 wordpress-seo 23888967 37219578 203 million
2 down 1 akismet 41870866 54086058 146 million
3 up 2 jetpack 20854957 30883469 146 million
4 up 2 wordfence 10655259 22199987 136 million
5 down 3 contact-form-7 33264457 45014223 122 million
6 up 1 woocommerce 11542164 18968270 78 million
7 down 3 all-in-one-seo-pack 25340154 31222282 62 million
8 up 3 google-analytics-for-wordpress 10436289 12697215 56 million
9 new entry elementor ? ? 38 million
10 new entry wpforms-lite ? ? 33 million
11 up 1 wp-super-cache 9031498 11313369 31 million
12 new entry updraftplus ? ? 30 million
  • WordPress SEO was the first plugin to reach over 200 million downloads, on October 17th, 2019.
  • Akismet was knocked into third place by Jetpack for a while.
  • Wordfence is rising fast.
  • Contact Form 7, is the last of the 5 plugins with over 100 million downloads.
  • There are 3 new entries: elementor, wpforms-lite and updraftplus.
  • nextgen-gallery, wordpress-importer and google-sitemap-generator have fallen out of the top 12.

GROUPED BY TOTAL DOWNLOADS

Total downloads 2015 2016 2019
1->10 167 137 16
10->100 2405 1815 1391
100->1000 15307 18017 19934
1000->10000 16919 19826 22705
10000->100000 5938 6799 8022
100000->1000000 1118 1379 2026
1000000->10000000 127 180 360
10000000->100000000 11 12 38
100000000->-1000000000 5

The top 1,000 plugins have all achieved at least one third of a million downloads. They account for over 80% of the total downloads.

The top 400 plugins, with over 1 million downloads each, account for 73% of the total downloads.

MOST RECENT UPDATES

Summary of when the plugin was last updated.

Last updated 2015 2016 2019
2019 16699
2018 6206
2017 4974
2016 16996 5285
2015 16149 7292 4665
2014 6602 5429 4006
2013 4462 4092 3039
2012 3955 3773 2935
2011 3325 3235 2388
2010 3174 3121 1905
2009 2392 2349 1402
2008 1265 1247 663
2007 430 420 227
2006 61 61 33
2005 143 143 64
2004 7 7 6

WORDPRESS VERSION COMPATIBILITY

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

Version Requires 2019 Tested 2019
0.70 to 2.9 20990 4629
3.0 to 3.9 13552 10519
4.0 to 4.9 16288 20675
5.0 734 2669
5.1 158 2375
5.2 248 10456
5.3 8 1562
Other+ 2515 1576
Other 4 36
Version Requires 2015 Requires 2016 Tested 2015 Tested 2016
4.8 2 32
4.7 38 2 4477
4.6 226 3 5115
4.5 72 3753
4.4 57 726 3755 2962
4.3 306 552 5186 2246
4.2 342 540 3504 2334
4.1 445 675 2749 2070
4.0 1668 3069 2430 1945
3.0 to 3.9 13205 1438 15167 14131
0.70 to 2.9 23848 25222 7426 7323
Other+ 40 41 68 95
Other 2081 2269 1628 1682

STAR RATINGS

Stars 2015 2016 2019
5 12626 15275 14834
4 3810 4702 5108
3 1828 2184 2085
2 538 610 480
1 988 1119 714
0 22182 24275 14411

OTHER INTERESTING FACTS?

Number Factoid
591 Plugins using the keyword block
413 Plugins with SEO in their name
2500 Plugins with widget in their name
10% Percentage of plugins using “wp” in their name

CAVEATS

  • The latest 2019 figures were determined for 54497 plugins.
  • The REST API doesn’t provide the same level of information as the published API.

Top 12 WordPress plugins – October 2019

Today, 17 October 2019, according to WordPress.org there are 54,927 plugins on WordPress.org.

That’s an increase of over 6,700 plugins (was 48,166) in just under 3 years.

But it’s a lot slower increase than when I last looked in December 2016.

TOTAL DOWNLOADS: 3,492,183,046

In terms of Total Downloads, the top 12 plugins table, with a new column added for 2019, is:

Position move plugin 2015 2016 2019
1 up 2 wordpress-seo 23888967 37219578 200003006
2 up 3 jetpack 20854957 30883469 145400172
3 down 2 akismet 41870866 54086058 143368588
4 up 2 wordfence 10655259 22199987 135853274
5 down 3 contact-form-7 33264457 45014223 120953178
6 up 1 woocommerce 11542164 18968270 77295568
7 down 3 all-in-one-seo-pack 25340154 31222282 61769477
8 up 3 google-analytics-for-wordpress 10436289 12697215 55572355
9 new entry elementor ? ? 36652008
10 new entry wpforms-lite ? ? 31610889
11 up 1 wp-super-cache 9031498 11313369 30856575
12 new entry updraftplus ? ? 29920099
  • WordPress SEO is the first plugin to reach over 200 million downloads.
  • Akismet has been knocked into third place by Jetpack
  • Wordfence is rising fast
  • Contact Form 7, is the last of the 5 plugins with over 100 million downloads.
  • There are 3 new entries: elementor, wpforms-lite and updraftplus.
  • nextgen-gallery, wordpress-importer and google-sitemap-generator have fallen out of the top 12.

GROUPED BY TOTAL DOWNLOADS

Total downloads 2015 2016 2019
1->10 167 137 12
10->100 2405 1815 729
100->1000 15307 18017 9621
1000->10000 16919 19826 17105
10000->100000 5938 6799 7742
100000->1000000 1118 1379 2023
1000000->10000000 127 180 357
10000000->100000000 11 12 38
100000000->-1000000000 5

The top 1,000 plugins have all achieved at least one third of a million downloads. They account for over 80% of the total downloads.

The top 400 plugins, with over 1 million downloads each, account for 73% of the total downloads.

MOST RECENT UPDATES

Summary of when the plugin was last updated.

Last updated 2015 2016 2019
2019 12582
2018 4655
2017 3420
2016 16996 3624
2015 16149 7292 3138
2014 6602 5429 2626
2013 4462 4092 1864
2012 3955 3773 1824
2011 3325 3235 1371
2010 3174 3121 1004
2009 2392 2349 749
2008 1265 1247 343
2007 430 420 121
2006 61 61 15
2005 143 143 24
2004 7 7 5

WORDPRESS VERSION COMPATIBILITY

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

Version Requires 2019 Tested 2019
0.70 to 2.9 13793 2502
3.0 to 3.9 9853 6562
4.0 to 4.9 11817 14488
5.0 566 2141
5.1 99 1949
5.2 135 8859
5.3 2 290
Other+ 2 20
Other 1465 821
Version Requires 2015 Requires 2016 Tested 2015 Tested 2016
4.8 2 32
4.7 38 2 4477
4.6 226 3 5115
4.5 72 3753
4.4 57 726 3755 2962
4.3 306 552 5186 2246
4.2 342 540 3504 2334
4.1 445 675 2749 2070
4.0 1668 3069 2430 1945
3.0 to 3.9 13205 1438 15167 14131
0.70 to 2.9 23848 25222 7426 7323
Other+ 40 41 68 95
Other 2081 2269 1628 1682

STAR RATINGS

Stars 2015 2016 2019
5 12626 15275 14834
4 3810 4702 5108
3 1828 2184 2085
2 538 610 480
1 988 1119 714
0 22182 24275 14411

OTHER INTERESTING FACTS?

Number Factoid
419 Plugins using the keyword block
441 Plugins with login in their name
2500 Plugins with widget in their name
10% Percentage of plugins using “wp” in their name

CAVEATS

  • The 2019 figures were determined for 37,632 plugins.
  • The published API doesn’t enable wordpress.org from giving up all its secrets.
  • But you can ask for an extract.

Top 11 WordPress plugins – December 2015

It’s been a while since I produced a list of the top 10 WordPress plugins. Recently, I completed a first pass analysis of the 41,795 plugins on wordpress.org as of 12th December 2015.

The total downloads was a staggering: 1,038,708,495

There are 11 plugins with over 10 million downloads.

Plugin Total downloads
akismet 41144701
contact-form-7 32979109
all-in-one-seo-pack 25140527
wordpress-seo 23653001
jetpack 20548004
google-sitemap-generator 17736042
nextgen-gallery 13841732
wordpress-importer 12043431
woocommerce 11347209
wordfence 10471852
google-analytics-for-wordpress 10405465

Total download ranges

The top 138 plugins, with over 1 million downloads each, account for 47% of the total downloads.

Total downloads # plugins
1->10 185
10->100 2381
100->1000 15218
1000->10000 16857
10000->100000 5908
100000->1000000 1108
1000000->10000000 127
10000000->100000000 11

Most recent updates

Summary of when the plugin was last updated.

Year Plugins updated
2015 15894
2014 6665
2013 4477
2012 3955
2011 3327
2010 3177
2009 2392
2008 1266
2007 430
2006 61
2005 143
2004 7

WordPress version compatibility

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

WordPress version Requires Tested
4.5 62 0
4.4 2592 22
4.3 5922 295
4.2 3639 338
4.1 2793 438
4.0 2459 1627
3.0 to 3.9 15205 13166
0.70 to 2.9 7424 23790
Other 1626 2080
Other+ 67 45

Star ratings

Plugin ratings.

Stars Count
5 12555
4 3780
3 1834
2 533
1 989
Unrated 22104

Other interesting facts?

Number Factoid
1690 Different ways of indicating which version of WordPress is required.
1 Plugin was last updated in 1969. This shows as 1 min ago on wordpress.org/plugins/wp-notifications. sneaky?
441 Plugins with login in their name
2500 Plugins with widget in their name
10% Percentage of plugins using “wp” in their name

Caveat

Since I started the analysis the total displayed on wordpress.org/plugins reached: 1,115,557,720… 41,798 plugins on the 13th December. Today (20th December). it’s 41,977 plugins with 1,124,309,632 downloads.

Not quite sure where the extra 80 million comes from. Perhaps there are two clones Akismet!