We have done some research for you at wordpress.org and found out which the top WordPress plugins are most popular at this moment. We included number of all-time downloads and rating as well. The most popular plugin at this moment is anti-spam plugin Akismet. The number two spot is occupied by Jetpack, closely followed by Yoast SEO at number three.
The Top 40 looks as follows per 8 October 2015:
|Position||Plugin Name||Downloads Last Month||Downloads Alltime||Rating|
|2||Jetpack by WordPress.com||793131||19186526||4|
|5||WooCommerce - excelling eCommerce||484072||10083734||4,5|
|6||All in One SEO Pack||362596||24431578||4,4|
|8||WP Super Cache||249814||8255490||4,2|
|11||Black Studio TinyMCE Widget||207170||2419597||4,7|
|12||MailChimp for WordPress||201745||2167401||4,9|
|13||Google Analytics Dashboard for WP||198953||3785624||4,4|
|14||Google Analytics by Yoast||196052||10146376||4|
|15||Page Builder by SiteOrigin||191373||2452679||4,7|
|16||iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)||179388||5360578||4,7|
|17||UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration||177819||3138017||4,9|
|19||The Events Calendar||174296||2176146||4,6|
|20||WPtouch Mobile Plugin||156797||7958245||3,5|
|23||Advanced Custom Fields||134356||4015103||4,9|
|26||Google XML Sitemaps||111596||17497534||4,9|
|29||AddToAny Share Buttons||95844||4353032||4,7|
|30||BackWPup Free - WordPress Backup Plugin||95304||1998199||3,9|
|31||Fast Secure Contact Form||88151||5942745||4,7|
|32||Captcha by BestWebSoft||81458||3102895||4,5|
|37||User Role Editor||62525||2080490||4,8|
|38||Really Simple CAPTCHA||61773||3700486||4,2|
|39||Contact Form by BestWebSoft||57598||3281179||3,7|
Not surprisingly the largest number of plugins in the Top 40 (17) aim to add or improve functionality and usability within the WordPress back-end. Most worrying is the number of security related plugins. 20% of the plugins in the Top 40 is about improving security, backups or combating spam. All in all, only a small number of plugins have a visual or functional impact for the site visitor.
“The high number of security and backup plugins in the Top 40 leads to think that WordPress is not very safe in the perception of its users. In our experience WordPress itself is very safe, not updating the plugins is the main cause of problems. We are glad to see that almost all plugins in the Top 40 update their plugins very actively.” -Alexander van Steen, system engineer at Savvii.
When looking at security, it is important a plugin is actively updated and supported. The top wordpress plugins are created by developers that are definitely actively involved. 80% of the top plugins is updated last month and only one plugin isn’t updated in 2015.
Of all top plugins, 44% of all support threads on wordpress.org have been resolved in the last two months. This shows that a lot of plugin developers choose a different channel to handle support requests. Some don’t handle support requests at all unless you use a premium version.
Currently only 17 plugins have more than 1 million active installs (1 outside of the Top40).
This research is done by analysing the number of downloads from plugins in the WordPress.org public repository over the last 4 weeks.