Plugin Battles – Really Just A Popularity Contest

Plugin Battle LogoEver wanted to see a group of plugins with similar functionality go at it in a head to head battle? BattleOfThePlugins.com does exactly that except the visitors decide with their votes as to which one is the best. The plugin with the most votes is considered the champion of their respective category. You can probably guess what the problem is. The best plugin is not decided on functionality, code quality, compatibility, etc. Instead, it’s decided upon by votes which in my opinion, makes the site and the winners useless for anyone who may be looking to find out which SEO or site analytics plugin is the best. However, what the site does is show the community who has the most popularity when it comes to plugins and especially, plugin authors. So, a little bit of fun can be had in a site like this but for anyone seriously looking for the best, this site won’t help you find it.

5 Comments


  1. I wish WP-PostRatings did a check to ensure visitors have been to the page in question prior to placing their vote. It’s too easy to skew votes by using a URL shortener to the internal vote URL. :|

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  2. It’s not such a bad idea. Who needs a plugin, even the best one, if there’s no sufficient support provided for it? The plugins that are popular tend to be those that are plugins for the people and not plugins for art’s sake.

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  3. I am glad someone decided to do where WordPress, to be honest, failed big time. Searching popular plugins at the official WP site can be pain in the ass.

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  4. Thanks for your criticism. Of course I can only agree with most of the points you are making. The reason why I started this website was because I wanted to provide WordPress fanatics with a way to (somewhat playfully) find, download and highlight the plugins they think are best in their area of expertise.

    As mentioned on BotP’s Facebook-page, everyone is more than welcome to provide feedback to increase the usability of the website.

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  5. Would be nice to see an Internet Media/Podcasting category, I am confident my PowerPress plugin would dominate every month. :)

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