As a plugin developer, I sometimes wonder what makes a plugin popular. How come some plugins garner hundreds of comments and thousands of downloads, while others pass quietly into the archives? What kind of plugin do the users want?
Obviously the plugin’s niche (what kind of stuff it does) would be a huge factor. For example, a photogallery plugin would probably attract more users than a plugin that deletes all vowels from the comments. So what are the most popular plugin niches/categories? To determine this I analyzed the top 100 most downloaded WordPress plugins from the wordpress.org directory. Here are the results :
As you can see from this painstakingly crafted chart, SEO-related plugins are clearly on top, while plugins that provide web analytics and other statistics comprise the (pretty distant) second position. Gallery plugins and spam-catchers are doing well, too.
It might seem surprising that the “social” niche (bookmarking, Twitter and the like) only accounts for 6% of the downloads, but that’s probably due to the overly narrow definition of “social” I used here. After all, nearly everything concerning blogs can be seen as being par of the social web.
If you’re interested in more detailed stats you can download the source data (.xls).Related posts :