As the year is coming to an end, perhaps it’s time for a different kind of “Top X” post. Instead of a list of new WP plugins to try out, here are the top plugin authors – the brilliant people who create outstanding tools and share them with the WordPress community.
The list is ranked by the number of downloads from the wordpress.org plugin directory. Also check out the big Top 1000 table.
- Michael Torbert
961 306 downloads. Co-author of All In One SEO Pack (originally created by Uberdose).
- Matt Mullenweg
921 827 downloads. Everybody knows Matt, the main WP dev and author of Akismet.
- Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan
775 220 downloads. Author of WP-Polls and other cool plugins.
- Arne Brachhold
628 350 downloads. Author of Google XML Sitemaps, etc.
- Andy Skelton
449 345 downloads. Author of WordPress.com Stats. Another dedicated hacker.
- Alex Rabe
429 705 downloads. Author of NextGEN Gallery, etc.
- Oliver Seidel
361 918 downloads. Author of cforms II.
- Joost de Valk
328 036 downloads. Author of Sociable, Google Analytics for WP and numerous other tools.
- Donncha O Caoimh
246 752 downloads. Author of WP Super Cache and other assorted plugins.
- Vladimir Prelovac
244 963 downloads. Author of Smart YouTube, various SEO plugins, and more.
- Most plugins by a single author : Viper007Bond has 25 plugins hosted on wordpress.org.
- Highest version number : cforms II version 9.4 by Oliver Seidel. This plugin also has the highest number of user ratings – 419 votes.
- Longest plugin name : Sliding Post – Slides latest posts with Carousel effect (55 characters) by dasinfomedia
- Shortest plugin name : mu by Mark Bockenstedt. That’s not WordPress MU – “mu” is an obscure microblog updater plugin.
I got the source data by using the mostly undocumented WordPress.org plugin API. First I downloaded all the plugin metadata I could get, which turned out to be 3688 plugin records. Then, with some simple SQL magic, I found all distinct authors (2190 unique names) and how many plugin downloads each author has. You can see a selection of the results above.
Granted, the aggregate stats may not be entirely accurate. For example, if a plugin had the “Author” field set to “John Smith and Jane Doe”, it would be treated as a new, distinct author and wouldn’t count towards the download total of either John or Jane. Perhaps that’s not such a big problem anyway
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