I recently checked this page to see how many plugins are currently in the WordPress plugins directory. To this date I’ve seen they’ve counted 2,340 plugins. These plugins have been recorded to be downloaded 4+ million times! I ran a quick math and if each plugin was equally useful and popular as every other one then each plugin could have been potentially downloaded 1,700+ times. There are 15 recently updated/new plugins and the oldest listed was submitted October 8, 2007.
That is one ACTIVE and UPDATED list!
But I’m not too sure though if WordPress Plugins authors would post their plugins on that directory by default. I may be wrong, but do they? Or is that directory more for those who would like their plugins distributed free and as open source? I’ve seen some plugins (paid ones) unlisted. It would be very useful if there is a directory (or search engine) that carries both free and paid plugins list. If there is one, please share… much appreciated.
On another note, what are the first 5 plugins you add after you’ve installed a fresh WordPress package? Mine would be
- Akismet plugin
- The Flickr photo gallery plugin
- Instant Upgrade plugin
- Verse of the Day
- WordPress Database backup
I know some of those aren’t essentials… and that plugins you’d install would depend on the blog you create. But what’s on your essentials list? May I have a peek?
Until next time…