Show Your Love for the Top 100 WordPress Plugin Developers - ManageWP

Show Your Love for the Top 100 WordPress Plugin Developers

Top 100 WordPress Plugin Developers

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 List

Rank Developer Downloads Most Popular Plugin Plugins
1 Matt Mullenweg 11,260,094 Akismet 16 Twitter
2 Michael Torbert 11,241,563 All in One SEO Pack 9 Twitter
3 Takayuki Miyoshi 8,096,475 Contact Form 7 8 Twitter
4 Arne Brachhold 7,841,342 Google XML Sitemaps 4
5 Lester Chan 7,201,064 WP-PageNavi 18 Twitter
6 Joost de Valk 5,679,395 WordPress SEO 29 Twitter
7 Alex Rabe 5,611,442 wordTube 4
8 Mike Challis 4,432,175 Fast Secure Contact Form 3 Twitter
9 Donncha O Caoimh 3,867,013 WP Super Cache 13 Twitter
10 BraveNewCode Inc. 3,710,984 WPtouch 5 Twitter
11 Vladimir Prelovac 3,484,804 Smart YouTube PRO 25 Twitter
12 Brian Colinger 3,345,349 Custom CSS 17 Twitter
13 Andy Skelton 3,000,062 Stats 5
14 Alex King 2,690,825 ShareThis 33 Twitter
15 Michael D. Adams 2,398,238 No Self Pings 13 Twitter
16 micropat 2,287,399 Share Buttons 1 Twitter
17 John Godley 2,190,101 Gravatar Widget 22 Twitter
18 Alex Mills 2,021,868 Wphone 37 Twitter
19 Frank Bültge 1,997,360 FeedStats 36 Twitter
20 Mufasa 1,981,275 WordPress Wiki 10
21 Ronald Heft 1,931,038 Google Analyticator 5 Twitter
22 Andrew Ozz 1,756,151 TinyMCE Advanced 5 Twitter
23 Mitcho 1,667,339 Markdown 22 Twitter
24 Blogplay 1,640,664 Sociable 1 Twitter
25 Shareaholic 1,595,536 SexyBookmarks 3 Twitter
26 Janis Elsts 1,594,898 Broken Link Checker 9 Twitter
27 Owen Winkler 1,372,109 Geo Plugin 5 Twitter
28 Mark Jaquith 1,336,252 Page Links To 23 Twitter
29 BuddyPress 1,312,937 BuddyPress 7 Twitter
30 Amaury Balmer 1,173,462 Simple Tags 15 Twitter
31 Frederick Townes 1,167,505 W3 Total Cache 2 Twitter
32 Milan Petrovic 1,129,027 GD Star Rating 12 Twitter
33 Andrew Charlton 1,089,673 My Page Order 3 Twitter
34 Joseph Dolson 1,081,696 WP to Twitter 5 Twitter
35 WebsiteDefender 1,071,562 WP Security Scan 6 Twitter
36 Mike Jolley 915,209 Sidebar Login 3 Twitter
37 Marcel Bokhorst 914,097 Add Link to Facebook 11
38 Otto 892,282 Tumblr Importer 14 Twitter
39 Ozh 878,319 Admin Drop Down Menu 23 Twitter
40 Satollo 843,916 Newsletter 25
41 Simon Wheatley 840,491 Mediaburst 23 Twitter
42 weefselkweekje 825,072 Tagnetic Poetry 4
43 Michael Wöhrer 817,428 Maintenance Mode 7
44 Aaron Campbell 817,341 Authenticate 22
45 The AddThis Team 816,695 AddThis 1
46 Matthew Robinson 802,175 Subscribe2 3
47 Dan Kuykendall 793,616 podPress 1
48 Gtranslate 783,667 gtrans 1
49 Rajesh 768,183 Platinum SEO Pack 4 Twitter
50 Rob Marsh 760,148 Post-Plugin Library 10
51 primothemes 755,095 s2Member® Framework 7
52 NetCrunched 737,022 All in One Webmaster 6
53 Cincopa 723,244 Cincopa 1
54 BestWebSoft 712,430 Captcha 10 Twitter
55 Disqus 710,965 Disqus Comment System 1
56 Hiroaki Miyashita 700,138 Lightbox Gallery 4
57 SEO Design Solutions 690,332 SEO Ultimate 1
58 Modern Tribe Inc. 647,579 The Events Calendar 8 Twitter
59 Gopi R 645,900 Announcement Ticker Highlighter Scroller 56 Twitter
60 TweetMeme 641,981 TweetMeme Button 2
61 Davide Pozza 632,043 Global Translator 3
62 DevPress 630,577 Slideshow 20
63 FlippingBook WP Team 625,235 Page Flip Image Gallery 1
64 John Havlik 612,720 Breadcrumb NavXT 2 Twitter
65 Sergej Müller 606,315 AntiVirus 13
66 Blair Williams 595,312 Mingle AWeber Signup 5 Twitter
67 Thaya Kareeson 589,450 WP Greet Box 8 Twitter
68 Dave Ligthart 579,810 WP-Stats-Dashboard 9
69 Andy Bailey 574,951 CommentLuv 5
70 Charles Johnson 571,568 FeedWordPress 3
71 Xhanch Studio 569,666 My Twitter 4
72 Nathan Rice 567,898 Genesis Simple Hooks 15 Twitter
73 Matt Martz & Andy Stratton 562,301 Page Restrict 20
74 Daniel Cameron 552,865 Search Everything 11 Twitter
75 Lee Chestnutt 540,033 Slick Social Share Buttons 10
76 Rattus 531,290 GRAND Flash Album Gallery 1
77 Oliver Schlöbe 527,658 Reveal IDs 12 Twitter
78 Ricardo González Castro 524,531 Dashboard: Recent Posts Extended 13 Twitter
79 Christopher Ross 521,698 HTML5 Search 32
80 Dan Zappone 512,321 Lightbox Plus 4 Twitter
81 Luke Howell 511,440 Events Calendar 4
82 Michele Marcucci 505,858 NoFollow Free 4 Twitter
83 Qian Qin 505,088 qTranslate 1
84 Nick Momrik 494,972 Most Commented Widget 15 Twitter
85 Brian Freytag 492,407 Social Media Widget 1 Twitter
86 Martin Laine 485,092 Audio Player 2
87 Buzzinate, Denis 478,610 bShare 分享 10
88 Daniele Lippi 473,403 StatPress 2
89 465,629 WP FollowMe 1
90 Denis de Bernardy 463,022 Dofollow 18
91 Martin Fitzpatrick 456,122 Quick SMS 9
92 Stephanie Wells 453,495 Contact Form 7 Widget 5 Twitter
93 Buffer 451,944 Digg Digg 2
94 Scott Reilly 442,533 Configure SMTP 62 Twitter
95 Vivek Puri 438,535 6
96 Tobias Bäthge 435,482 WP-Table Reloaded 2 Twitter
97 Purwedi Kurniawan 431,686 SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2 5
98 Jeff Farthing 427,376 Theme My Login 4
99 Matt Harzewski 418,716 WP125 4
100 Josh Lobe 416,108 Ultimate TinyMCE 5

That’s It!

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

Tom Ewer is the founder of 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!


  1. Tahir Taous

    Markdown is my favourite plugin. Writing content with markdown is much faster and simpler.

    1. Tom

      Thanks Tahir!

  2. mommaroodles

    so many plugin developers around and i cant find one to help me complete one I’ve made – theres a couple of things I dont know how to do and am battling with

  3. Robert

    I’m expert in theme and plugin development.

  4. Frank

    I have also done no of plugins for clients, can you please add me in your list.

  5. Shriganesh bhat

    Great collections of world top WP developers in a one frame :)

  6. Michael Torbert

    Great job on the list! That must have taken a long time to put together.

    My profile should be thought. Also, I have more than 6 plugins. 😉

    1. Tom Ewer


      Apologies Michael – the errors have been corrected :)

  7. Rilwis

    What these developers have done for the community in invaluable! I guess everyone is using at least 3 plugins from that list. We should give a big thank to them. Thanks a lot!

  8. Carlos Arnavat

    Thanks to everyone on the list… WordPress and the entire community for the best CMS platform on the planet. Keep up the great work.

  9. Christian

    Great idea! THANKS!

    1. Tom Ewer


      No problem :-)

  10. Oliver Schlöbe

    Hooray, #77! :-)

    Thanks compiling the list and the post’s idea behind.

  11. Cas

    Love it! Can I repost this in German and use your post image for the link back?

    1. Cas

      Ok, I did, assuming it would be ok with you. If not, please notify me and I‘ll remove it immediately.

      1. ManageWP

        No problem, feel free to do so!

        1. Cas

          Thx! :)

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