I like listening to Matt Report podcast (A WordPress business podcast for entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers). One interesting question Matt asks his guests in the famous lightening round is, “What is the one plugin you can not live without?”. Interestingly, like myself, most guests vote “Gravity Forms” as their favorite plugin. I trust statistics more than personal feeling and know Gravityforms is my favorite. But curiosity drove me to dig deeper on this subject. I indeed conducted a study to gather statistics among WordPress sites I have access to the admin panel. The result is obvious, and also surprising.
The fact that stroke me the most is that Gravity Forms not even made my top 10 list. The No.1 spot on the list is taken by Contact Form 7 and I believe it deserves the crown. Every site needs an online contact form, and Contact Form 7 is the right tool for the job. Gravity Forms is just overkill.
Without further ado, here is my top 20 list.
- Contact Form 7 (48.7%)
- Limit Login Attempts (41.0%)
- Akismet (33.3%)
- WordPress SEO (30.8%)
- Jetpack by WordPress.com (28.2%)
- BackWPup (23.1%)
- Revolution Slider (23.1%)
- Advanced Custom Fields (12.8%)
- Really Simple CAPTCHA (12.8%)
- All In One SEO Pack (10.3%)
- Anti-spam (10.3%)
- Stock Quote Sidebar (10.3%)
- WooCommerce (10.3%)
- WP Super Cache (10.3%)
- Breadcrumb NavXT (7.7%)
- Broken Link Checker (7.7%)
- Google Analytics for WordPress (7.7%)
- Google XML Sitemaps (7.7%)
- Gravity Forms (7.7%)
- S2Member Pro (7.7%)
Please be advised that the list is based on my clients’ websites. Sites in statistics are not all developed by me.