When searching for a particular type of WordPress plugin many people first search in the WordPress Plugin Repository. However, there are other ways to search for that particular WordPress plugin you might need.
Here are some of the best places to look for them.
rankWP is a plugin repository that not only lists the plugins but also provides information about them such as quality score and an indication of how many installations are currently active.
Choose Plugin shows you a list of plugins by name, also including the WordPress version they’ve most recently been tested on, the last time they were updated, the amount of downloads they’ve had, their percentage rating as well as the actual amount of people who voted for that rating.
The searching process also provides you with multiple criteria to filter out the unwanted plugins. These include the name, description, author, rating, updated date and more.
The WP Plugin Directory website lets you browse through plugins all at one go or else by categories, tags and plugins reviewed by WPD themselves. They also have a list of recommended plugins and you can sort your search by rating, votes, last updated or even most downloaded.
Tidy Repo provides a curated list of the best and most functional plugins from the WordPress repository and around the web. It gives you a description and download link for each one. You can search for the plugin you need using any of their tags up top or through their search bar.
Tidy Repo goes through each and every plugin that shows up on here in order to make sure you’re getting a quality product that won’t break your site.
WP Nuggets consists of a collection of well written reviews about free and premium WordPress plugins. Each plugin’s review consists of a rating, summary and full review. You also have the option to submit a plugin to the collection.
Search WP Plugins
At Search WP Plugins you can search for over 30,000 plugins using their advanced search box. You can search via the most popular searches, most popular tags, or even the most freshly updated plugins. They also have lists of the Best WP Plugins, 50 Most Popular and 100 New Plugins.
This site is just what is says, a table of plugins in the style of the periodic table of elements. Although it’s annoying to read the fine print of the elements, the list of 108 most popular plugins ranked by the number of downloads is quite good.
Plugin Discovery Tool on ManageWP.org
ManageWP recently launched this great service that helps you discover the best new WordPress plugins. It has the main goal of exposing the best new plugins to the wider audience. Explore best new plugins in two categories under 100,000 downloads and the very new rising stars up to 5,000 downloads. The lists are updated and recreated every week.
A bit of a different tool here. This site lets you enter a WordPress plugin slug or URL and it gives you a list of similar plugins (as long as they’re in the WordPress.org plugin repository).
As you can see all of these sites are great places to look for the plugin you need apart from the plugin repository.
While some are more focused on the best plugins for every particular need, others are generic, giving you absolute freedom to look for anything that comes to mind.
The rating systems and reviews are also very helpful, giving you an idea of what each plugin is like without having to go through all the Google search results you might find.
The last update dates, number of downloads, version of WordPress last tested on, and so on all make your search easier and quicker, guiding you to your best solution within minutes.
Which source do you use? Are there any others that you prefer? Leave a comment below and let’s keep developing this list for all the WordPress users out there.
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