38 Popular WordPress Plugins by Download Metrics

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If you're using WordPress as the platform for your website it is wise to routinely check out (and perhaps test) some of the newly released plugins to make sure you're not missing out on the latest and greatest. 

But what if you are more interested in plugins (and their associated functionality of course) that are more proven or established? That is not always easy to ascertain however. Perhaps an appropriate unit of measurement to determine this is through the number of downloads.

Below you will find 38 WordPress plugins we discovered while conducting a few searches during a routine visit to WordPress. You will likely be familiar with many of these but even I, someone working with WP for many years, have not used them all. These WP plugins are definitely worth your time to download and install if only for the novelty of being able to say, "Yeah, I've used that."


All in One SEO Pack - 6.9 Million

Akismet - 5.8 Million

Google XML Sitemaps - 4.8 Million

Contact Form 7 - 3.1 Million

NextGEN Gallyer - 2.7 Million

WordPress Stats - 2.2 Million

WP Super Cache - 1.9 Million

WPtouch - 1.5 Million

AddToAny (share/bookmark) - 1.4 Million

Google Analytics for WordPress - 1.4 Million

WP-Page Navi - 1.2 Million

Google Analyticator - 1.1 Million

Sociable - 1.1 Million

Fast Secure Contact Form - 948K

WP e-Commerce - 912K

Twitter Tools - 759K

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin - 751K

Smart YouTube - 682K 

Viper's Video Quicktags - 643K

Simple Tags - 623K

GD Star Rating - 619K

WP-Polls - 611K

Broken Link Checker - 598K

WP-Cumulus - 586K

TinyMCE Advanced - 573K

ourStats Widget - 517K

ShareThis - 517K

Redirection - 499K

Lightbox 2 - 496K

TweetMeme Button - 485K

Platinum SEO Pack - 467

podPress - 452K

BuddyPress - 446K

Subscribe2 - 425K

Ozh' Admin Drop Down Menu - 404K

WP-PostRatings - 398K

HeadSpace2 SEO - 372K

WP-DBManager - 318K


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PrestonW 01-20-2011 5:23 PM

I use the SEO Ultimate WordPress Plugin. By SEO Design Solutiuons. SEO Ultimate is a powerful all-in-one SEO plugin, available free for WordPress bloggers. Take control of your on-page SEO with user-friendly settings and tools for optimizing your titles, meta data, robots tags, canonicalization, autolinks, post slugs, and much more.

YHughes 01-21-2011 7:36 AM

Well the website to the first plugin (All in One SEO Pack - 6.9 Million) is not valid anymore...

GregB 01-22-2011 12:33 PM

All-in-One SEO is a great all around plugin, with support for scribe SEO.

Plugin flexibility is one of the things that makes Wordpress so great.

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