Wordpress Tips & Tricks

Top 20 WordPress Authors & most popular plugins for 2009

By Rene, January 4, 2010 in Wordpress Tips & Tricks 10 Comments

This first post in 2010 here at WordPress Plugin Guide is all about numbers ! In this post you can read about the top 20 most popular WordPress plugins in 2009 (we use 9 of them here at WordPress Plugin Guide!), and a top 20 of WP developers ranked by the quantity of downloads.

We first start with the comparison between the four popular content management systems on the market : WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Movable Type. 2009 is the year WordPress passed Joomla for the first time according Google Trends (www.google.com/trends), an easy way to see how often certain topics have been searched on Google over time. One year ago there was a huge difference between Joomla and WordPress, but according Google Trends in 2009 WordPress became the most popular CMS/blogging platform in the world, in both search volume as news reference volume. See the graph below for a comparison between WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Movable Type :

comparison WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal vs Movable Type

comparison WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal vs Movable Type


That’s not all, a *huge* amount of new plugins were released in the past year for WordPress, let’s check some numbers :

Total number of plugins in the WordPress database : 7,843

Number of different authors who coded all these plugins : 4.145

Total downloads at WordPress.org of all plugins together : 68,234,480

In January 2009 there were 4,000 plugins available in the plugin directory at WordPress.org, it’s one year later now and the quantity almost doubled ! Thanks so much to all the authors who have given so much to the WordPress community !


Top 20 of the most popular WordPress plugins of 2009

Let’s take a look at the most popular WordPress plugins. Below you will find the top 20 of the most downloaded WP plugins up to 1/1/2010, ordered by total number of downloads at WordPress.org (number of downloads is updated in realtime). Below the small description of each plugin you can find links which go to the plugin’s homepage, or you can download the plugin directly from WordPress.org.

1.  All in One SEO Pack

Automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Michael Torbert
  • : 22
  • : 3.3 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

2.  Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Arne Brachhold
  • : 22
  • : 3.3 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

3.  Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Automattic
  • : 22
  • : 3.1 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

4.  NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a Flash slideshow option.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Photocrati Media
  • : 22
  • : 3.6.1 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

5.  Contact Form 7

Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Takayuki Miyoshi
  • : 22
  • : 3.8 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

6.  WordPress.com Stats

You can have simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server by plugging into WordPress.com’s stat system.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Automattic
  • : 22
  • : 2.8 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

7.  WP Super Cache

A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Donncha O Caoimh
  • : 22
  • : 3.0 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

8.  Sociable

Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Blogplay
  • : 22
  • : 2.6 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

9.  Google Analytics for WordPress

The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin automatically tracks and segments all outbound links from within posts, comment author links, links within comments, blogroll links and downloads.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Joost de Valk
  • : 22
  • : 3.3 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

10.  Add to Any: Share/Bookmark/Email Button

Help readers share, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious and over 100 more.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : AddToAny
  • : 22
  • : 2.8 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

11.  Google Analyticator

Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics. Includes widgets for Analytics data display.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Video User Manuals Pty Ltd
  • : 22
  • : 3.2 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

12.  WP-PageNavi

Adds a more advanced paging navigation your WordPress blog.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan & scribu
  • : 22
  • : 3.2 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

13.  Viper’s Video Quicktags

Allows easy and XHTML valid posting of videos from various websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, and more.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Viper007Bond
  • : 22
  • : 2.8 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

14.  cformsII – contact form

cforms II is the most customizable, flexible & powerful ajax supporting contact form plugin (& comment form)!

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • :
  • : 22
  • :
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage
  • : /5 ()
  • :
  • :

15.  Easy AdSense

Easy AdSense manages all aspects of Google AdSense for your blog: insert ads into posts and sidebar, and add a Google Search box.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • :
  • : 22
  • :
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage
  • : /5 ()
  • :
  • :

16.  Page Flip Image Gallery

FlippingBook WordPress Gallery plugin helps you to create Image Gallery with Page Flip effects on your blog.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : FlippingBook WP Team
  • : 22
  • : or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

17.  GD Star Rating

GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • :
  • : 22
  • :
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage
  • : /5 ()
  • :
  • :

18.  WP-DB-Backup

On-demand backup of your WordPress database.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Austin Matzko
  • : 22
  • : 2.0.3 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

19.  WP-Cumulus

WP-Cumulus displays your tags and/or categories in 3D by placing them on a rotating sphere.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Roy Tanck
  • : 22
  • : 2.3 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

20.  WP e-Commerce

WP e-Commerce is a Web 2.0 application designed with usability, aesthetics, and presentation in mind.

  • Author
  • Version
  • Requires WP version
  • : Instinct Entertainment
  • : 22
  • : 3.7 or higher
  • WordPress.org rating
  • Downloads
  • Plugin homepage

Top 20 WordPress plugins in 2009

Above you can see the top 20 WP plugins in a graph, in blue you can see the number of downloads, in red the rating the plugin received at WordPress.org

 

Top 20 WordPress plugin developers of 2009

Let’s read some more information about the top 20 WordPress plugin authors, ranked by the number of downloads from the WordPress.org plugin directory (this list is manually verified, and we have added photographs of most of the plugin authors :)).


1.Michael Torberttotal downloads : 4,569,172

Michael TorbertMichael is famous for his plugin All in One SEO Pack, the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress. A summary of all his plugins : All in One SEO Pack, WP Security Scan, SMS Text Message, Auto Google Chrome Frame, Clean WP Head, Display Name Author Permalink, Moderate Selected Posts and Free Kareem.

2.Arne Brachholdtotal downloads : 2,997,946

Arne BrachholdArne’s Google XML Sitemaps plugin is one most of us have installed on our blog, and a very popular one. His other plugins are Google XML Sitemaps with qTranslate Support, A9 SiteInfo Generator, ImageShack Uploader and del.icio.us – Bookmark this!

3.Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chantotal downloads : 2,320,286

Lester GaMerZ ChanThe plugin WP-PageNavi is known by a lot of WP users. Lester’s total downloads are not mostly based on this plugin, but several different ones. A summary of his plugins, which are of high quality (we use them a lot!) : WP-PostViews, WP-PostRatings, WP-UserOnline, WP-Polls, WP-Print, WP-RelativeDate, WP-ServerInfo, WP-Stats, WP-Sticky, WP-PluginsUsed, WP-EMail, WP-DownloadManager, WP-CommentNavi, WP-DBManager, WP-Ban and WP-Wap.

4.Matt Mullenwegtotal downloads : 2,205,502

Matt MullenwegDue to the plugin author at position #4 you and I have a WordPress blog: Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress and Automattic. Thank you Matt for the best blogging software out there, hands down! A summary of the plugins he created also for all of us : HyperDB, Akismet, Close Old Posts, SyntaxHighlighter Plus, Yahoo Autotag, Twitter Friends, Top Comments, Matt’s Community Tags, Random Redirect, Hello Dolly, Sympathy for the Devil, Google Adsense for Feeds, Cache Images, Advanced Caching, fauxML, Admin IP Watcher, No WWW, Firefox Counter, WYSIWYG Editing, Staticize Reloaded, Blogtimes and Protect old posts.

5.Alex Rabetotal downloads : 1,665,064

Alex RabeAt number 5 the author of the most downloaded (and very good!) WordPress Gallery plugin NextGEN Gallery, Alex Rabe from Germany. Besides his famous gallery plugin for WordPress Alex released also these plugins : WP-Memory-Usage, wordTube and WP-Table.

6.Andy Skeltontotal downloads : 1,651,593

Andy SkeltonAndy Skelton is the author of the WordPress.com Stats plugin, and also some other plugins : WordPress.com Custom CSS, Bad Behavior and Sidebar Widgets.

7.Takayuki Miyoshitotal downloads : 1,377,141

Takayuki MiyoshiAt #7 the Japanese author of the famous Contact Form 7 plugin. Takayuki is also the developer of these WP plugins : Really Simple CAPTCHA, Support Tickets, Acts as Group, Bogo and Camper.

8.Joost de Valktotal downloads : 1,168,344

Joost de ValkThe founding developer of the famous Sociable plugin also created another very popular plugin : Google Analytics for WordPress, and many more : Robots Meta, Clicky, SlideShare, RSS Footer, Plugin Downloads, Yoast Breadcrumbs, Blog Icons, Enhanced WP Contact Form, RSS Shortcode, Simple Taxonomies, Users to CSV, Blog Metrics, Customize Your Community, Canonical URL’s, Optimize DB, Tweetbacks, Permalink Redirect, Twitter Link, Minimum Comment Length, Upcoming, Social Profiles, Search Suggest, CrunchBase Widget, Email Commenters, Comment Redirect, adCenter Analytics and From RSS.

9.Donncha O Caoimhtotal downloads : 1,084,522

Donncha O CaoimhDonncha is well know for his WP Super Cache plugin and has many more useful plugins : WordPress Exploit Scanner, WordPress MU Sitewide Tags Pages, WordPress MU Domain Mapping, Unfiltered MU, Cookies for Comments, Tweet Tweet, WP-Hashcash, Theme Tester, Comment Referrers, Blog Voyeur, Flickr Comment Importer, fauxML and Flickr Widget.

10.Blogplaytotal downloads : 885,980

BlogpayNumber 10 is for Blogplay, who recently acquired the very popular social bookmarking plugin Sociable from WordPress from Joost de Valk. Besides Sociable Blogplay also released the WP plugins WP RoSocial and INFOmoz-Glossario.

11.Vladimir Prelovactotal downloads : 850,250

Vladimir PrelovacVladimir is well known for these WordPress plugins : Smart YouTube, SEO Smart Links and SEO Friendly Images. Other plugins developed by him are Snazzy Archives, Category Search, Show Me Options, WP Figlet, WP Nofollow Categories, Yahoo News Feed, JavaScript to Footer, Plugin Central, Insights, Live Blogroll, Theme Test Drive, SEO Super Comments, WP Digg This, Navbar, No Frames and WP Wall.

12.Add to Anytotal downloads : 822,270

Add to AnyAdd to Any is the company behind the well known social bookmark plugin Add to Any. Besides this plugin they also developed the WP plugin Add to Any: Subscribe Button.

13.Ronald Hefttotal downloads : 770,438

Ronald HeftAuthor of Google Analyticator and four other plugins : TSG Podcasting Plugin, Pownce for WordPress, Full Text Feed and Akismet Spam Count.

14.Alex Kingtotal downloads : 755,684

Alex KingAlex King is known as the original developer of the ShareThis plugin, and ofcourse Twitter Tools. A long list of all his other plugins for WordPress : 404 Notifier, Analytics360, AnswerLinks, Articles, Category Overload, Comment License, Delink Comment Author, Drafts Dropdown, Link Harvest, Old Post Alert, PhoneFactor, Popularity Contest, Progressive License, Shortcut Macros, Tag Uncomplete, Vote-the-Post, WP Grins, WP Plugin Auto-Loader, WP Since Last Visit, WP Style Switcher, WP Unformatted, WordPress HelpCenter, WordPress Mobile Edition, Yahoo! Shortcuts, Zannel Tools and tagaroo.

15.Viper007Bondtotal downloads : 699,638

Viper007BondViper007Bond -his real name is Alex- is the author with the most number of plugins in this top 20, a total of 35. He is well know for the plugin Viper’s Video Quicktags. A summary of all his other plugins : Allow Numeric Stubs, BBCode, Battlefield 2 Stats, Breadcrumb Titles For Pages, Chili Code Highlighter, Clean Archives Reloaded, Dashboard Fixer, Dashboard Widget Manager, Dashboard: Draft Posts, Dashboard: Latest Spam, Dashboard: Pending Review, Dashboard: Scheduled Posts, Direct Image URLs For Galleries, Disable Theme Preview, Disable Trackbacks, Enable oEmbed Discovery, Global Plugin Update Notice, Local Time, More To The Top, Regenerate Thumbnails, Registered Users Only, SyntaxHighlighter Evolved, SyntaxHighlighter Plus, Templatedia, Templatedia Chess, Twitter Tools: bit.ly Links, Viper’s Plugins Used, WPhone, WordPress Admin Bar, WordPress Download Counter, WordPress.org One-Click Install, YOURLS: Short URL Widget, jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries and oohEmbed.

16.John Godleytotal downloads : 649,630

John GodleyJohn is most known for his great SEO plugin for WordPress HeadSpace2 SEO and ofcourse Redirection. Besides these plugins he also developed AJAX Calendar, Search Unleashed, Gravatar Widget, HTML Purified, Advanced Permalinks, Audit Trail, Search Regex, Tidy Up, Drain Hole, Sniplets, User Permissions, Drain Hole, PageView, Jump To, InScript and Google Ad Wrap.

17.Manoj Thulasidastotal downloads : 520,174

Manoj ThulasidasManoj is the author of the Easy Adsense plugin, and also WP plugins like AdSense Now!, Easy AdSense Redux, AdSense Now! Redux, Easy Translator, Theme Tweaker and Easy LaTeX.

18.Milan Petrovictotal downloads : 463,991

Milan PetrovicMilan is a succesfull WP developer with many popular plugins for WordPress, and mostly known for GD Star Rating, the most popular rating plugin for WordPress (read here our review : GD Star Rating). Other plugins he developed : GD Broken Report, GD LinkedIn Badge, GD Pages Navigator, GD Plugin Core, GD Press Tools, GD Simple Widgets and GD Taxonomies Tools.

19.Oliver Seideltotal downloads : 428,550

Oliver SeidelOliver Seidel is the author of the cformsII contact form plugin. The latest versions of this plugin can de downloaded only at his own site, so the total number of downloads are not accurate.

20.Austin Matzkototal downloads : 432,983

Austin MatzkoAustin is the plugin author of WP-DP-Backup. Besides his WP-DB-Backup plugin he also developed these plugins for WordPress : Categories in Tag Cloud, Filosofo Comments Preview, Filosofo Enroll Comments, Filosofo Gravatars, Filosofo Home-Page Control, Filosofo Old-Style Upload, GZIP output, SEO for Paged Comments and Theme Switcher.


Summary of the top 20 WordPress plugin authors


Top 20 WordPress plugin authors in 2009
1. Michael Torbert 4.569.172 8. Joost de Valk 1.168.344 15. Viper007Bond 699.638
2. Arne Brachhold 2.997.946 9. Donncha O Caoimh 1.084.522 16. John Godley 649.630
3. Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan 2.320.286 10. Blogplay 885.980 17. Manoj Thulasidas 520.174
4. Matt Mullenweg 2.205.502 11. Vladimir Prelovac 850.250 18. Milan Petrovic 463.991
5. Alex Rabe 1.665.064 12. Add to Any 822.270 19. Oliver Seidel 428.550
6. Andy Skelton 1.651.593 13. Ronald Heft 770.438 20. Austin Matzko 432.983
7. Takayuki Miyoshi 1.377.141 14. Alex King 755.684


Here above you will see a chart and table of the top 20 WordPress plugin authors. Enough numbers for now, we have to write some posts about all the new and updated plugins released the past week. We hope you liked this post, and we are very curious what the numbers will be next year. If you like this post please show your appreciation by adding it to one of the social bookmarking networks below or retweet it !

 

 

Comments

10 Responses to “Top 20 WordPress Authors & most popular plugins for 2009”
  1. INDONESIA INDONESIA SocialBlogr on January 5th, 2010

    Wow! Great list! I’m using most of those plugins. :P


  2. GERMANY GERMANY Theodor on January 5th, 2010

    Great list of plugins! Is there any data about the real popularity of the plugins instead of just the download numbers? Some of the plugins published a new release every day (especially #1), of course they have high download numbers.

    I guess there are a lot of plugins which are not updated that often but still very popular and didn’t make it into the Top 20.


    • Rene on January 5th, 2010

      Good point, it is covered but only for these 20 plugins. If you check the graph you will see number #1 (All-in-one SEO) has more downloads, but doesn’t have a high rating as #2 (Google XML Sitemaps, the most popular plugin in this top 20!).

      A good idea to base a future list like this on the ratings a plugin received (with a minimum of e.g. 100 votes) instead of the number of downloads.


  3. ISRAEL ISRAEL Mike Darnell on January 6th, 2010

    Thanks for compiling this list. I spent a fair deal of time last year trying to find similar information regarding the top Firefox plugins and the developers responsible for creating them and I gotta tell you – it wasn’t easy…

    The real boon of concentrating the top plugins and developers in one post, in my opinion, is that it makes these tested ideas and the people responsible for them accessible to the entire community.

    We can try and draw conclusions from the similarities, attempt to make contact in order to ask for advice and draw inspiration from the achievements.

    During this 1st week of 2010 my only wish is to get to see our own plugin make it into next years top 20 : )

    Mike Darnell
    Project Manager
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/headup-bloggers-widget
    “The best content to complement your blog”


  4. UNITED KINGDOM UNITED KINGDOM Corinne Waldrep on January 8th, 2010

    Great Post! Love your blog! Btw I stumble onto this site that provides a Rss tool that converts any partial rss to full rss! Just wanna share with you guys: Full rss Have fun with it!


  5. INDONESIA INDONESIA fromwebid on January 26th, 2010

    Im newbie in wp, and this is very interest topic, nice information for me.thanks


  6. UKRAINE UKRAINE Liongress on February 18th, 2010

    Hi, I found cool flash photo galleries plugin for WordPress. Named GRAND Flash Album Gallery – multi category flash skin based photo gallery with powerful admin. I used it in my blog. There are so many different settings. You can adjust the color scheme for your blog as you wish. There are many different skins. You can present your photo gallery in a wonderful way, there is a full-screen mode. This is a very cool plugin.


  7. Diana on September 14th, 2010

    Wow. Great post. I love all the thumbnails of the developers lol! It must have taken forever to track everyones mug down.

    Does anyone know if goggle is still able to spider the tags okay after using WP-Cumulus?


  8. UNITED STATES UNITED STATES Rolando Stay on October 12th, 2010

    Many thanks for the great list with plugins, i have several favourites to, such as the all known “All IN SEO “as well as the easy privacy policy plus SEO friendly images (got some great results with it)and last but not least pretty links (great for cloacking) affiliate links…


  9. PHILIPPINES PHILIPPINES Christian Guico on November 13th, 2010

    Great post!Thanks for this wonderful list of the most popular wordpress plugins and author. It certainly will helps a lot of people who do not know what sort of plugins they should use for their WordPress blog.