Best New WordPress Plugins

Update: The updated, full-featured list will from now on be available at ManageWP.org.

The extend page for plugins on WordPress.org features the most popular, highly rated, recently updated and new plugins.

But one thing missing is rising stars - plugins that are not yet quite so popular but are rapidly becoming so based on current downloads and ratings. These plugins would normally get no exposure and I decided to change that.

I will update the list every week on Monday so make sure you check come back for changes and newcomers. Interested in themes? Check Best new WordPress themes list, also updates every Monday.

The list is available in form of a WordPress plugin WP Quick Deploy, which also allows you to install any plugin from the list with just one click.

Best New Plugins

This list contains plugins downloaded between 10,000 and 100,000 times total, sorted by last week's popularity.

Last updated: December 10th, 2018

NumPluginAuthorScore
1WordPress SEO Plugin – Rank MathMyThemeShop408
2Disable GutenbergJeff Starr403
3Kadence Blocks – Gutenberg Page Builder ToolkitKadence Themes233
4Vevida OptimizerJan Vlastuin, Jan Reilink, Brian Stal212
5Nimble Page BuilderPress Customizr199
6Powerkit – Supercharge your WordPress SiteCode Supply Co.178
7Classic Editor AddonPieter Bos, Greg Schoppe176
8PW WooCommerce Gift CardsPimwick, LLC170
9WooCommerce ShipStation GatewayWooCommerce157
10Advanced GutenbergJoomUnited145
11WooCommerce Multivendor MarketplaceWC Lovers128
12Custom WooCommerce Checkout Fields EditorThemeLocation117
13Kadence WooCommerce Email DesignerKadence Themes116
14Schema & Structured Data for WP & AMPMohammed Kaludi, Ahmed Kaludi115
15Atomic Blocks – Gutenberg Blocks Collectionatomicblocks111
16Stackable – Gutenberg BlocksGambit Technologies, Inc109
17Multiple Columns for Gravity FormsWebHolism104
18Disable XML-RPCLittleBizzy102
19Appointment Hour Booking – WordPress Booking PluginCodePeople101
20SmartCrawl SEOWPMU DEV98

Upcoming Stars

These are newer plugins that show good potential and are on their way to the Best New plugins category.

This list contains plugins downloaded between 1,000 and 10,000 times total, sorted by last week's popularity.

NumPluginAuthorScore
1Block Gallery – Photo Gallery Gutenberg BlocksRich Tabor404
2Gutenberg Blocks by WordPress Download ManagerWordPress Download Manager265
3Gold Addons for ElementorGoldAddons264
4HootKitwphoot264
5Divi Supreme ModulesSupreme Modules255
6SEMrush SEO Writing AssistantSEMrush238
7Boxtal Connect – The shipping solution for WooCommerceAPI Boxtal229
8OSE Free SSLOpen Source Excellence226
9AMP WP – Google AMP For WordPressPixelative, Mohsin Rafique225
10WebPace Portfolio Photo Gallery – Responsive Image Gallery WordPress PluginWebPace203
11Perelink ProMike190
12Post Expiration DateHuguette Inc.186
13GhostKit – Gutenberg Blocks CollectionnK183
14Auto Approve CommentsFederico Andrioli183
15FileBird – WordPress Media Library FoldersNinja Team182
16Christmas GreetingsTechnocrackers181
17Image optimization service by OptimoleOptimole180
18BP Profile Shortcodes ExtraVenutius178
19Organic Profile BlockOrganic Themes173
20Editor Blocks for Gutenbergeditorblocks170

33 Comments

  1. Jan 11th, 2012 4:01 PM

    Happy to see ourselves in this list (Wysija Newsletters). Shouldn't this algorythm be directly on the repo?

  2. Jan 7th, 2012 8:21 PM

    Hi Vladimir,

    Great initiative ! Thanks for giving us more exposure.

    Ben

  3. Dec 27th, 2011 7:59 AM

    what a huge collection of plugins!!!!! very helpful………….. nice to know. i will use some of these plugins on my web blog.

  4. Aug 6th, 2011 7:40 AM

    This is just wow list, i have was looking for these plugins and m so glad that i found all of them on one please thanks man.

  5. Aug 4th, 2011 9:06 PM

    Yay, I'm #4 in rising stars. Thanks Vladimir.

  6. Aug 4th, 2011 10:59 AM

    Thanks for the list, Vladimir!

    Is the Video Thumbnails plugin compatible with Smart YouTube?

  7. NielsG
    Jul 12th, 2011 8:18 AM

    Am I the only one that is seeing an empty list ? hehe.

    • Jul 18th, 2011 9:18 AM

      Sometimes the cron doesn't run but I fix it soon :0

      • Jul 27th, 2011 4:49 PM

        Vladimir,
        It appears your cron job has failed again.
        Eran

        • Jul 27th, 2011 9:55 PM

          Yeah it does that :) fixed now

          • Jul 28th, 2011 12:30 AM

            How is popularity determined?
            If it is determined by the number of downloads in the previous week, then I would like to point out a flaw in the calculation. If not, can you please explain which metrics are used?

            Thanks!

  8. Jun 30th, 2011 7:56 PM

    This is the closest thing to seeing my name on a marquee.

    Thanks Vladimir!

  9. Jun 28th, 2011 6:55 PM

    Love this list, thanks Vladimir. Picked up 4 plugins to evaluate.

  10. May 24th, 2011 2:41 PM

    Thank you for this list. Have to go through all of them and figue out if they are useful for my blog. I will view this page a lot! :)

  11. May 6th, 2011 8:38 PM

    Just found this. Thanks for putting this together, very cool.

  12. Mar 18th, 2011 4:57 AM

    Thanks for the mention! I hope it helps someone today.

    You rock!

  13. Mar 14th, 2011 9:23 PM

    Thanks for the mention - JQuery Mega Menu Widget

  14. Mar 5th, 2011 9:32 AM

    Could you please stick this page up in the menu bar so we don't have to dig through the blog for it?

  15. Mar 3rd, 2011 10:07 AM

    Nice list. I will follow up this post to get the best plugins. Thanks for creating this.

  16. Mar 2nd, 2011 8:51 AM

    Hai Vladimir,
    It's off topic, but noticed that on my mobile (android) your include files don't show up. Just see the [show_file file= ]. I'll read this post when my laptop is opened or will switch to your full site theme instead.

  17. Feb 27th, 2011 5:11 PM

    Ok, I really wish I had known this page existed. This is a fantastic idea and honestly I'm pretty surprised that WordPress doesn't have it's own version of Rising Stars.

    You would think this would be something at the top of the list to give their users some idea as to what is happening in the plugin downloads section. As it is, you can check "what's new" and whatever but otherwise you're left to your own devices to figure out which plugins are worth looking into and which ones are pure junk.

    Really appreciate you setting this up and I not only made a like on Facebook but I'm bookmarking this page.

  18. Feb 21st, 2011 6:46 PM

    THX - nice work.

    I found the Contact form 7 and WordPress SEO really good.

  19. Feb 16th, 2011 2:13 PM

    Wonderful post, I am gonna try those plugins and give rating.

    BTW Thanks Vlad

  20. Feb 15th, 2011 11:35 PM

    Awesome lists! I haven't heard of a few of these Plugins and it's great to hear of new (and good Plugins). I'll certainly be giving a few of these a try e.g. Custom Sidebars and XCloner

  21. Feb 15th, 2011 6:33 PM

    Great list! Found quite a new plugin i've been looking for. Thanks.

  22. Feb 15th, 2011 5:50 AM

    Great help for wordpress community. Really appreciate your contribution.Thanks

  23. Feb 14th, 2011 6:12 PM

    Thanks for the list Vladimir!
    Found quite a few I want to try out. I think this would be a GREAT addition to the WordPress.org features of plugins.
    Side note- thanks for all the value you provide- I never skip reading your emails!
    All the best,
    Kim

  24. Feb 14th, 2011 4:33 PM

    Wow, thank you for the List! I found 2 Plugins for me.

  25. Feb 14th, 2011 4:25 PM

    Nice trick Vladimir.
    I wonder how you accomplished this?

    • Neha
      Feb 18th, 2011 7:22 PM

      Thanks for listing Recent Posts Slider :)

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