If you have been following the ManageWP blog for any length of time, you will have probably gathered that we are big supporters of theme and plugin developers of all shapes and sizes. But the fine folks who develop the kind of functionality that makes WordPress what it is often do not get enough recognition. This is especially true when it comes to free plugin developers. If you speak to any free plugin developer he or she will tell you that many users seem to have an attitude of entitlement when it comes to support – as if they had actually paid for the plugin. Of course, not all of us are like this. And with ManageWP users being a savvy bunch, I’m sure that you are far more likely to praise a plugin or theme developer than harass one. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be nice to take a moment today to show your appreciation to one or more of the huge number of free plugin developers out there who are working hard to keep WordPress on top of its game?
How this Works
We’ve spent rather a lot of time gathering and sorting data for the top 100 WordPress plugin developers, based upon total number of downloads. Unless you are brand new to WordPress, it is likely that you use at least one plugin created by the developers below. All you need to do is pick out one (or more) of your favorite developers, and take a moment to thank them. We’ve collected all of the Twitter accounts we could find, but we are sure you can find other ways of getting in touch if your chosen developer doesn’t have an account listed. Firing off a quick tweet to thank a developer for developing great free products will only take a moment, so why not do it? Furthermore, if you’re on the hunt for plugins to check out, you will find a comprehensive list below of the most popular plugins available for WordPress. Just remember to thank the developer if you start using one!
The above list essentially symbolizes the heart of WordPress development. We hope you have found the time to express your gratitude to those who have helped you build your own blog(s). But what next? Perhaps you would like to join this illustrious group of developers. What better way to show your gratitude to the WordPress community than by contributing to it? Check out our interview with Eric Mann that we published yesterday to see how you can get started!
Tom Ewer is the founder of WordCandy.co. He has been a huge fan of WordPress since he first laid eyes on it, and has been writing educational and informative content for WordPress users since 2011. When he's not working, you're likely to find him outdoors somewhere – as far away from a screen as possible!