31 Best & Most Downloaded WordPress Widgets (Sidebar Plugins)


Article Note: This article was first published on 22nd August 2014. We have last updated this article on 6th June 2018 with fresh information.

WordPress plugin widgets play an important role to make your website look perfect by offering you tactical features. There is a wide range of widgets you can find to enhance the quality and performance of your website. The collection comprises of some awesome WordPress widgets that are as follows: sidebar manager widgets, profile widgets, custom widget area plugins, rating widgets, testimonial widgets, recent posts widgets, social media widgets, twitter widgets and a lot more.

Here is a list of unique WordPress plugin widgets that you definitely don’t want to miss:

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Category Posts Widget

Category Posts Widget

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.6 out of 5)

This WordPress widget performs just one job. Since it deals with displaying recent posts from a specific category, it is known as light widget.

There are many features of this widget. There an option allows changing the order of posts. It has a feature which helps to display thumbnail images. You can manage the number of post to be displayed. It can display the excerpt of posts for a specific period of time. You can also show the posts date and comment count. You can also link the category page with widget title.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is TipTopPress. The publisher name is WordPress Plugin Repository. 938,872+ users are already downloaded this. It was first get released on October 24, 2007. On April 25, 2018, it was last get upgraded.

Tags: Categories, Widget, Category, Posts-widget, Posts.

Dropdown Menu Widget

Dropdown Menu Widget

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (3.5 out of 5)

It creates a drop-down menu in which there is a list of pages and categories of your blog. Drop-Down Menu Widget allows you to use horizontal and vertical layouts. It also lets you to customize themes as per your need and choice.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Metin Saylan. The name of the publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 474,959 users are downloaded this already. It was first get published on November 25, 2009. It was last get upgraded on October 07, 2017.

Tags: Pages, Widget, Menu, Dropdown, Css.

Simple Social Icons

Simple Social Icons

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.3 out of 5)

A customizable, easy to use way to display social icons on a website, the Simple Social Icons is one of the most popular social media plugins. It allows you to customize the icons to match the look and feel of your website. You can also align icons to center, left or right.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is Nathan Rice. The publisher name is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 1,228,353 users are downloaded this already. It was first get published on February 21, 2012. On February 02, 2017, it was last get upgraded.

Tags: Social Media, Social Networking, Social Profiles.

WordPress Popular Posts

WordPress Popular Posts

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.5 out of 5)

It is a highly customizable widget for displaying popular posts on the website. You can list posts on the blog that have been popular in a specific time range. It is also possible to see how the posts are performing using the admin dashboard. You can easily customize the look and feel of the posts as per the theme of the site. The widget also allows WPML support.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is Hector Cabrera. The publisher name is WordPress Plugin Repository. 2,838,814+ users are downloaded this already. It was first get available on November 20, 2008. It was last get upgraded on June 25, 2018.

Tags: Popularity, Posts, Top, Widget, Popular.

Contact Widgets

Contact Widgets

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.5 out of 5)

This widget is a simple way to set up a contact us section on the website. It is not loaded with extra features that make a widget complex to use. It enables you to create a widget that has the contact information, email address, fax number, map locations and more. It also allows you to display your social media profiles.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is GoDaddy. The name of the publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. 459,593+ users are already downloaded this. It was first get available on February 23, 2016. On June 18, 2018, it was last get upgraded.

Tags: Widget, Social Icons, Contact, Social Media, Social.

Google Maps Widget – Ultimate Google Maps Plugin

Google Maps Widget – Ultimate Google Maps Plugin

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.7 out of 5)

Setting up a Google Maps plugin can be time consuming! Well, this Google Maps widget completely solves the problem. It allows you to have Google Maps with the precise location in thumbnail and lightbox within few minutes. There are general, thumbnail and interactive map options. You can also add captions and pins to it.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is WebFactory Ltd. The name of the publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 1,606,768 users are downloaded this already. It was first get available on August 06, 2012. It was last get upgraded on July 12, 2018.

Tags: Google Map, Google Maps, Map Widget, Maps, Gmap.

Page Builder by SiteOrigin

Page Builder by SiteOrigin

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.9 out of 5)

It is one of the most popular page creation plugins for page creation in WordPress. It is possible to create responsive column based content for the website. The widget ensures that the content is mobile ready and accurately adapts to different mobile devices. The plugin has an intuitive interface that is easy to use.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is SiteOrigin. It is available at WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 17,987,293 users are already downloaded this. It was first get released on April 13, 2013. On June 29, 2018, it was last get upgraded.

Tags: Page Builder, Responsive, Widgets, Widget, Builder.

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.3 out of 5)

It is an essential plugin that generates static HTML from Dynamic WordPress pages. The HTML file generated on the server is easier to process than heavier and expensive WordPress PHP scripts. One cached file can be used thousands of times. It serves cached files in 3 different ways and also cache the widgets. This plugin is mainly used to cache pages for known URLs and more.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Automattic. It is available at WordPress Plugin Repository. 23,335,228+ users are already downloaded this. It was first get released on November 05, 2007. It was last get updated on June 19, 2018.

Tags: Cache, WP Cache, Caching, Performance, WP Super Cache.

SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle

SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.9 out of 5)

This is not just a single widget, it is a bundle of powerful widgets in a single bundle. With this plugin, you can build advanced forms, get Google Maps Widget, Image widget, Button widget and a lot more. The widget also offers 1500+ icons and unlimited color options. It is easily compatible with other popular widgets.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". It is developed by SiteOrigin. The publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. 11,233,137+ users are already downloaded this. It was first get published on June 01, 2014. It was last get updated on July 11, 2018.

Tags: Button, Slider, Widget, Image, Bundle.

Shared Counts

Shared Counts

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (5 out of 5)

Shared Counts widget provides a single click option to retrieve Http and Https URLS. It is the fastest social media plugin present in the market. It can be used for a range of popular networks like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Yummly, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn and more. It works to get social share count for each social media platform.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". It is available at WordPress Plugin Repository. 3,426+ users are downloaded this already. It was first get available on February 14, 2018. It was last get updated on May 23, 2018.

Tags: Social, Social Buttons, Share Buttons, Share Counts, Sharing.

Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.8 out of 5)

It is a 100 percent free WordPress image smusher. Incredibly powerful, this widget resizes, optimizes and compresses images. This award-winning widget has been tested for quality and speed. It is particularly useful for websites that get slowed down due to high size of images. Along with images, it also cuts down all unnecessary data that slows down a website.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is WPMU DEV. The publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. 9,884,352+ users are downloaded this already. It was first get published on December 05, 2008. It was last get upgraded on May 29, 2018.

Tags: Resize, Image, Compress, Optimize, Optimise.

upPrev

upPrev

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.5 out of 5)

Displaying content in a cool and animated way is easy with upPrev. This widget provides a NY-Times like layout for related posts. It displays a fly out in the bottom right of the screen along with the related post. It allows the user to select previous or random post. The button animates user scrolls to the button of the page.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Marcin Pietrzak. The name of the publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 153,267 users are already downloaded this. It was first get released on August 11, 2011. It was last get updated on February 28, 2018.

Tags: Animation, Previous, Featured, Related, Seo.

Relevanssi – A Better Search

Relevanssi – A Better Search

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.6 out of 5)

Relevanssi offers a free version along with a premium one. The premium version has added features. This widget replaces the standard search available in WordPress. It not only provides a better search engine but also gives a lot of configurable options. The search results are sorted by relevance instead of dates. It also matches fuzzy words and partial phrases.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". It is developed by Mikko Saari. The publisher name is WordPress Plugin Repository. 2,050,368+ users are downloaded this already. It was first get released on June 30, 2009. It was last get upgraded on May 29, 2018.

Tags: Better Search, Search, Relevance.

AddToAny Share Buttons

AddToAny Share Buttons

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.7 out of 5)

AddToAny is a WordPress sharing plugin. It is mainly popular because it increases engagement and traffic to a website. It allows people to share their posts and pages to any platform like Tumblr, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, WhatsApp and more. This widget is a universal sharing platform, making site social media ready.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is AddToAny. It is published by WordPress Plugin Repository. 8,970,739+ users are downloaded this already. It was first get published on March 17, 2007. It was last get upgraded on June 29, 2018.

Tags: Share Buttons, Share, Icons, Social Media, Buttons.

Meks Smart Author Widget

Meks Smart Author Widget

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.3 out of 5)

This is a simple WordPress plugin that allows you to display author or user information. It comes with flexible display options and custom avatar size. The plugin also offers several options for linking avatar image, username and others to author archive. It is very useful for multi-author blogs. Display author details in a stylish way with this WP widget.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". It is developed by Meks. The name of the publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. 164,478+ users are already downloaded this. It was first get published on January 09, 2014. On November 21, 2017, it was last get upgraded.

Tags: Widget, User, Sidebar, Author, Avatar.

Weblizar Twitter Widget

Weblizar Twitter Widget

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.3 out of 5)

Twitter Widget displays your latest tweets on your website. You are allowed to submit your tweets on your website live. You can hide or show reply to tweets and auto expand images in tweets. The twitter widget is one of the most sought-after widgets that let you do a lot of customization.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is Weblizar. The name of the publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. 181,508+ users are downloaded this already. It was first get released on May 22, 2014. It was last get updated on June 28, 2018.

Tags: Twitter Feed, Twitter Widget, Twitter, Twitter Wordpress Plugin.

Image Widget

Image Widget

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.9 out of 5)

Image widget lets you to upload the image from your media gallery or you can simply add link of the external image you wish to add to your site. You can add title as well as description of the image. Besides this, you can customize the appearance by using theme overrides or filter hooks available within this unique plugin.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Modern Tribe, Inc.. The publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 3,783,045 users are downloaded this already. It was first get published on July 26, 2008. On December 12, 2017, it was last get upgraded.

Tags: Simple, Widget, Ad, Banner, Image.

Social Media Flying Icons | Floating Social Media Icon

Social Media Flying Icons | Floating Social Media Icon

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.8 out of 5)

All your social media profiles such as Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds and YouTube are bridged up with social media icons using this widget. You can opt to display icons for social media automatically or you can utilize them as social media widgets. With this plugin, you can display social media icons in the content of your website pages.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Acurax. The name of the publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 1,254,693 users are downloaded this already. It was first get available on March 09, 2012. It was last get upgraded on February 17, 2018.

Tags: Social Media Widget, Social Media, Social Network Icon, Floating Social Media, Social Media Icon.

Widgets on Pages

Widgets on Pages

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.8 out of 5)

It offers a convenient way to add widgets to your website pages or posts. You can develop number of sidebars and add them into the WordPress page or post. Every sidebar can be included into pages with the help of shortcodes. You can produce unlimited widget areas by playing with the setting menu.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is Todd Halfpenny. The publisher name is WordPress Plugin Repository. 462,573+ users are already downloaded this. It was first get published on April 20, 2010. It was last get upgraded on November 29, 2017.

Tags: Widgets In Page, Widgets In Post, Sidebar, Pages, Widgets.

Dynamic Widgets

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.8 out of 5)

Dynamic widget allows the widget to appear on any page that you select for its display. It gives you a complete control on which pages of website a widget will be shown. You can set up logic rules that allow you to hide or display widgets on website pages. You don’t need any PHP knowledge to get going with dynamic widget from Qurl.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Qurl. The name of the publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 746,780 users are downloaded this already. It was first get released on January 17, 2010. On October 19, 2017, it was last get upgraded.

Tags: Widget, Rules, Sidebar, Custom, Dynamic.

Quotes Collection

Quotes Collection

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.8 out of 5)

Help you make your WordPress blog look interesting by allowing you to collect and add your favorite quotes to your blog. This widget offers you an option to hide or show quote author and quote source. The quotes can be refreshed automatically and you can set character limits to avoid longer quotes.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". It is developed by Srini G. It is available at WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 344,294 users are downloaded this already. It was first get released on December 17, 2007. It was last get updated on April 07, 2018.

Tags: Quotes Collection, Quotes, Sidebar, Quotations, Random Quote.

Widget Context

Widget Context

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.5 out of 5)

Widget context lets you to display or hide widgets on specific parts of your website such as search section, archive, pages, posts, front page etc. This WordPress plugin also features specific sections aiming towards URLs to achieve better flexibility. This plugin has got more than 60000+ active installations and you need WordPress 3.0 version to install it.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is Kaspars Dambis. The name of the publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. 531,373+ users are already downloaded this. It was first get available on July 16, 2009. It was last get upgraded on June 13, 2018.

Tags: Logic, Widget, Widget Logic, Context, Widget Context.

Simple Calendar – Google Calendar Plugin

Simple Calendar – Google Calendar Plugin

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (3.8 out of 5)

It sticks a calendar grid on your page which shows all the events. This unique widget offers an effective way to add Google calendar events to your website. It is very convenient to set up and customized according to user needs. The design of the calendar perfectly matches with the style of website theme.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is Simple Calendar. The publisher name is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 1,536,840 users are already downloaded this. It was first get published on July 05, 2010. It was last get upgraded on July 03, 2018.

Tags: Event Calendar, Calendars, Google, Google Calendar, Calendar.

Quick Chat

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.3 out of 5)

It keeps your chats secure and under your control as all your chats are saved in your WordPress database. Quick chat plugin offers no limitation on number of messages or chats. You can integrate it with your user account that allows you to use your login name as nickname for chatting purpose.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Marko Martinović. The publisher name is WordPress Plugin Repository. 278,277+ users are downloaded this already. It was first get available on April 24, 2011. On September 08, 2017, it was last get upgraded.

Tags: Ajax Chat, Simple Chat, Live Chat, Chat.

Testimonials Widget

Testimonials Widget

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.3 out of 5)

This extraordinary widget allows you to slide quotes, portfolios, images, reviews or videos on your website. Testimonials widget lets you to add testimonial content through theme shortcode with display options like organized or random ordering. You can filter content using post ID, tags and categories with this WordPress widget.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Axelerant. The publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. 957,562+ users are already downloaded this. It was first get published on August 15, 2011. On May 04, 2018, it was last get upgraded.

Tags: Axelerant, Client, Portfolio, Customer, Quote.

Newsletter Sign-Up

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (5 out of 5)

This WordPress widget works with all email marketing options such as Feedblitz, PHPList, iContact, Aweber, YMLP, ConstantContact, CampaignMonitor and MailChimp. By simply playing with the configuration settings, a website owner can make this Newsletter Sign-Up plugin work with any kind of newsletter service. The plugin makes it easy for commenters to subscribe to the mailing list.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". It is developed by Danny Van Kooten. The publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. 348,559+ users are downloaded this already. It was first get published on March 22, 2011. It was last get upgraded on November 23, 2017.

Tags: Aweber, Mailchimp, Ymlp, Sign Up, Newsletter.

Search Meter

Search Meter

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.1 out of 5)

If you have created search box on your website then search meter widget lets you to automatically track what users are searching for. Above all, this widget also tells you whether visitors are finding what they are searching for. Considering the data given by search meter, you can create new posts or blogs on the topics that visitors are searching for.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Bennett McElwee. The publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 301,687 users are already downloaded this. It was first get available on June 02, 2008. It was last get updated on March 25, 2018.

Tags: Widget, Search, Search-meter, Statistics, Meter.

Facebook Members

Facebook Members

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.3 out of 5)

Facebook Members is one of the highly sought after plugins that lets you to fetch likes from your own website. It offers you an ideal way to transfer the functionality of Facebook page plugin to your website with several alternatives in border and background color. This plugin extremely effective as it lets you to divert traffic to your website by gaining lot of Facebook fans.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". It is developed by Crunchify. The publisher name is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 508,138 users are already downloaded this. It was first get available on September 30, 2010. It was last get upgraded on May 20, 2018.

Tags: Facebook, Facebook Like Box, Facebook Members, Facebook Widget, Social Media.

Content Aware Sidebars – Unlimited Widget Areas

Content Aware Sidebars – Unlimited Widget Areas

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.9 out of 5)

Content Aware Sidebars lets you to develop customized widget areas for any page or blog post. The amazing thing about this plugin is that you don’t need any coding to do so. It mainly focuses on scalability parameter and that’s why it acts as a perfect solution for websites which are in emerging phase.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is Joachim Jensen - DEV Institute. It is published by WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 629,641 users are already downloaded this. It was first get available on August 03, 2011. It was last get upgraded on June 19, 2018.

Tags: Widget, Hide Sidebar, Display Widgets, Custom Sidebars, Sidebar.

Black Studio TinyMCE Widget

Black Studio TinyMCE Widget

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.8 out of 5)

What is so special about this widget is that it lets you to add visual editor widget type using which you can add media objects and valid text in your sidebars. You can easily add videos or images from media library using this widget. It also lets developers to switch between HTML and visual mode very easily.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The author name is Black Studio. The publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 7,162,949 users are downloaded this already. It was first get available on November 10, 2011. It was last get upgraded on February 27, 2018.

Tags: Editor, Visual, Widget, Wysiwyg, Html.

WP MashSocial Wigdet Lite

WP MashSocial Wigdet Lite

Download: Free | Cost: $0.00 | Rating: (4.2 out of 5)

Inspired by Mashable, it is one of the useful widgets that can be wisely utilized in sidebar of your website. WP MashSocial Widget lets you to add social networking icons such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. The activation of this plugin is extremely simple as the only thing you need to do is upload it on the website.

It is listed under "WordPress Plugin" > "Widgets". The name of the author is WPCouple(Ahmad Awais & Maedah Batool). The publisher is WordPress Plugin Repository. More than 45,732 users are already downloaded this. It was first get released on January 26, 2012. It was last get updated on November 14, 2017.

Tags: Social, Mashsocial, Google, Facebook, Mashable.

Conclusion:

31 Most Downloaded WordPress Widgets (Sidebar Plugins)

Presence of WordPress widgets makes it easy to customize website layouts and have become a game changer in WordPress. From adding social media icons to popular posts, emails subscriptions and calendar, there are widgets for every aspect of a website. Widgets help leverage the adaptability of a WordPress website and draw attention to important parts of the website. Above mentioned list of widgets is one of such kind that will help to make a great difference to your website.

This article is written by Stephen John. He is working as a blogger at Key Difference. His area of expertise is on website designing, Social Media and SEO.

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16 thoughts on “31 Best & Most Downloaded WordPress Widgets (Sidebar Plugins)

  1. Hello,

    It was really a nice collection. But could you please tell me any plugin through which I can create a custom list of pages. Please note not all page and but stylish. Please help!

    • Your requirement is not quite clear. Please let me know what exactly you wish to do? Some custom hooks or template may work for you.

  2. Thank for your information. I found this subject around the internet for a long time. But your tip is the best. I am from Vietnam.

  3. Very nice and helpful information. I was looking for similar information. After reading this post I have installed most of the plugins shown above by you.
    Thanks

  4. I’ve been using Social Media Widget for a long time and I’m really satisfied with it. It works perfectly with my bilingual blog. In the English version I put a Facebook link to my English Facebook page and the other way around on my Portuguese page. Have all the same for Twitter, Google + and so on.

    Here are examples of the same pages in two different languages:

    http://outofyourcomfortzone.net/how-to-buy-travel-insurance/ (English)
    http://foradazonadeconforto.com/como-escolher-e-comprar-seguro-de-viagem/ (Brazilian Portuguese)

    Just a great Plugin.

  5. thanks for the list buddy..

    I personally feel that icegram is the best.. its easy and its free.. i don’t know why its not on this list..

    check it out if you haven’t yet..