The number of WordPress blogs has passed the 50 million mark! It’s an amazing achievement and shows the power of the blogging world and the power of the most popular blogging software.
WordPress is my favourite blogging platform and my blog runs on it. Plugins are a big part of the community. Over the years I have tested and used many of the plugins created by the community. Plugins help you make a better blog and get more reader interaction.
To celebrate the 50 million mark, here is a look at the most downloaded WordPress plugins ever. These 20 plugins are the very exclusive group that were downloaded more than 1 million times each!
20 most downloaded plugins ever
- All in One SEO Pack - Automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization). Downloads 8,208,465
- Akismet - Checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. Downloads 7,010,496
- Google XML Sitemaps - Generates a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog. Downloads 5,386,430
- Contact Form 7 - Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible. Downloads 4,203,678
- NextGEN Gallery - A full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with dozens of options and features. Downloads 3,494,547
- WordPress.com Stats - Stats with no additional load on your server. Plug into WordPress.com’s stats system with this plugin. Downloads 2,589,702
- WP Super Cache - A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files. More tips on how to speed up your site are here. Downloads 2,391,929
- WPtouch - Mobile theme for your website. Automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application. Downloads 2,228,517
- Google Analytics - Tracks your site: views per author & category, automatic tracking of clicks and pageviews. Learn more about Google Analytics and how they can help your site here. Downloads 2,037,340
- AddToAny - Help people share your posts using services like Facebook, Twitter, Google, StumbleUpon, and more. Downloads 1,850,470
- WP-PageNavi - Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface. Downloads 1,713,578
- Fast Secure Contact Form - Customizable contact form. Blocks all automated spammers. No templates to mess with. Downloads 1,586,123
- GTranslate - Get translations with a single click between 58 languages (more than 98% of internet users) on your website! Downloads 1,215,595
- WP e-Commerce - A Web 2.0 application designed with usability, aesthetics, and presentation in mind. Learn more about how to start your own online store here. Downloads 1,208,872
- Sociable - Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites. Downloads 1,155,054
- SexyBookmarks - Adds an attractive social bookmarking menu to your posts, pages, index, or any combination of the three. Downloads 1,089,436
- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin - Displays a list of related posts based on a unique algorithm. Allows customization of the display. Downloads 1,067,965
- WordPress Importer - Imports posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file. Downloads 1,050,154
- WP-DB-Backup On-demand backup of your WordPress database. Downloads 1,044,319
What do you love about WordPress?
I run all my blogs on WordPress and couldn’t operate any of my projects without it. It makes me happy to see that so many other bloggers choose to have WordPress power their blogs. What do you love about WordPress?
If you need help starting your own WordPress site, check out this free guide of mine that has a video and step by step instructions with screenshots to get you started.