WordPress Plugins Winning Popularity Contest

When it comes to people I’m not one for popularity contests. I couldn’t care less who is more popular or who’s the brightest star in Hollywood or Bollywood. Right now, USA has the every-four-years-popularity-contest in running for President and a host of smaller public office positions. Good luck, Mr. Obama! Not that you really need it now.

Start talking about popular features of any practical device and it interests me a little more. Popular with respect to people means glitz and glamour, but popular with respect to machines means useful and practical. I’m more of a granola girl, so the practical stuff is waaaay more interesting than the glitzy fluff.

WordPress has already claimed the winning votes to become the best blogging platform anywhere. But what about all those different ways that we can extend the basic blogging software?

What are the most popular, er..useful, plugins for WordPress blogs?

Looking at the WordPress Plugin Directory, the top 6 plugins listed as the most popular include:

  • Akismet
  • All in One SEO Pack
  • WP Super Cache
  • cforms II – contact form
  • NextGEN Gallery
  • Google XML Sitemaps

These popular plugins are all rated 4/5 stars or better by the people that use them and each has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. Sounds good to me!

I’ll be reviewing a number of WP plugins in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

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