WordPress Hot 100

Top WordPress Themes and Plugins

It’s a new WordPress Hot 100 for a new year!

We introduced the WordPress Hot 100 in September 2015 as a weekly showcase of the trendiest WordPress plugin and theme installations on GoDaddy servers. In 2017, we revised the Hot 100 to be a monthly curated list of the most popular plugins and themes overall.

Related: The most popular WordPress plugins and themes of 2017

We’re changing things up again for 2018.

The Hot 100 is back as a weekly list of the trendiest WordPress themes and plugins. We’re listing the top 50 plugins and top 50 themes based on week-over-week growth in installations. As with 2017, we’ll curate the list by removing themes and plugins that are auto-installed, or aren’t fully GPL compliant.

We’ve added new dimensions to the report this year. Each list entry is labeled with a category. This should make the Hot 100 reports more useful for discovering new or interesting themes and plugins. For example, you can now quickly find a list of trending blog themes or media plugins for given time periods.

You’ll also notice that our platform has changed. Through 2015 and 2016 we were running the Hot 100 on a custom web application. In 2017 we flipped to curated lists presented with TablePress. For 2018 we’re running our reports through Google Data Studio. Our hope is that this will make the information more interactive and more interesting over time.

And last but not least, we’re including highlights with each monthly report. We come across interesting plugins and themes all the time, and this feels like the perfect place to share them.

If you have any questions or comments about the Hot 100, give us a shout on Twitter or drop a post in the GoDaddy community forums.


Highlights for February 2018

Plugin highlights

  • The popularity of eCommerce plugins dropped from January.
  • Security plugins saw a modest increase in popularity.
  • Page builder plugin Elementor rose up to 4th place from 10th.

Theme highlights

  • Business themes grew in popularity with 46 entries for the month.
  • OceanWP jumped up to 3rd place, holding steady through the month.
  • For lifestyle bloggers: Ashe Blog is a rising star with a rich set of features and an elegant aesthetic.

Other notable mentions

  • Hestia is another multi-purpose theme that’s quickly risen in popularity over the past month. It follows Google’s material design principles.
  • We’re seeing more themes like Education Mind designed for academic institutions. Functionally speaking they’re nearly identical to most multi-purpose or business themes, but it’s nice to see developers catering to more specific industries.
  • On the plugin side of things: File Manager is a useful utility for managing server files from within the WordPress admin. Handy for those moments where a user can’t access FTP or a hosting control panel.

Highlights for January 2018

Plugin highlights

  • eCommerce was the most popular plugin category this month with 39 entries.
  • WooCommerce was (unsurprisingly) the leader, topping the charts in 3 out of 4 weeks.
  • Extensions for WooCommerce’s official Storefront theme were also popular this month.

Theme higlights

  • Multi-Purpose themes were the most popular this month with a whopping 78 entries.
  • Divi topped the multi-purpose list, followed by Twenty Eleven and OceanWP.
  • Special shoutout to Astra, a relative newcomer with a growing fanbase of WordPress pros.

Other notable mentions

  • One Click Demo Import is handy for site builders & theme developers alike.
  • Orbit Fox extends Beaver Builder & Elementor with additional widgets & modules.
  • Tawk.To is a free live chat service, ideal for small business websites.

Check out the interactive Hot 100 report

Note: For the best viewing experience, please view this report in full screen mode.

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