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 9th, 2019

NumPluginAuthorScore
1Gutentor : WordPress Page Builder with Unlimited Possibilities to DesignGutentor157
2Loco Automatic Translate AddonCool Plugins144
3ChatBot for WordPress WPBotQunatumCloud143
4Native LazyloadGoogle137
5DSGVO All in one for WPMichael Leithold129
6Organic Profile BlockOrganic Themes128
7Christmas GreetingsTechnoCrackers124
8Happy Elementor AddonsweDevs121
9OMGF | Host Google Fonts LocallyDaan van den Bergh120
10Access Demo ImporterAccessPress Themes108
11Weather Effect – Christmas Santa Snow FallingA WP Life94
12Themebeez Toolkitthemebeez92
13Advanced Custom Fields: ExtendedACF Extended90
14Colibri Page BuilderExtendThemes90
15Duplicate Post Page Menu & Custom Post TypeInqsys Technology86
16StencilStencil83
17Persian Elementorالمنتور فارسی83
18Getwid – Gutenberg BlocksMotoPress82
19Elements kit Elementor addons (Header & Footer Builder, Mega Menu Builder, Layout Library)Wpmet81
20CallRail Phone Call TrackingCallRail, Inc.81

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 AreasThe WP Rig Contributors753
2Bonway Static Block EditorBonway Services696
3Simple Shortcode BlockPablo Cianes660
4BetterDocs – Best Documentation & Knowledge Base PluginWPDeveloper430
5Advanced Import : One Click Import for WordPress or Theme Demo DataAddons Press350
6WP LetsEncrypt – ONE CLICK single / wildcard Free SSL certificate & force HTTPSGo Web Smarty337
7Arile ExtraThemeArile311
8WunderWpArtbees290
9Posts GeneratorLenin Zapata ☄ ️279
10Block WidgetMaarten Menten277
11WP Block InkDave Ryan259
12DoLogin SecurityWPDO243
13Juno para WooCommerceJuno Gateway de Pagamentos para ecommerces211
14Beautiful Cookie Consent Plugin – WordPress PluginNikel Schubert205
15Advanced Product Fields (Product Options) for WooCommerceStudioWombat196
16Whats Button – Leads and Order over Chatmvvapps195
17GDPR Cookie Consent – EU ICO CompliantWPEkaClub187
18WordPress Hide PostsMartin Jankov177
19Cost Calculator BuilderStylemixThemes174
20ACF Form Widget for ElementorShabti Kaplan166

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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