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There are so many plugins out there. Whose plugins can we always trust?

Please share a list of completely reliable plugin authors, along with links to their plugins pages.

This question is modeled on Best Collection of Code for your functions.php file

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    As much as I'm in favor of a kind of "reliable/trustworthy plugin developers" list ... this is still somewhat subjective. Some of the best plugin developers don't list their systems in the WP repository. You might have a very reliable developer with only 1 plugin in the repo and a still competent but less-skilled developer with 30 ... also, if you have no need to use those specific systems, how will knowing the developer is trustworthy make any kind of difference?
    – EAMann
    Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 14:47
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    I think it's better to have list of great developers, rather than not to. Yes, it's subjective and can't possibly be complete. Still will be good starting point when looking for good plugins to use.
    – Rarst
    Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 15:01
  • IMHO voting on the answers would make much more sense if it would be one developer per answer. As seen in mentioned thread best of functions.php and alike.
    – Michal Mau
    Commented Aug 28, 2011 at 8:00

4 Answers 4


Alex King

Mark Jaquith


Stephen Rider

  • Even if there's nothing technically wrong with it, I think it's at least disingenuous to include yourself on that list. Also, If they don't have a WordPress.org Profile, they shouldn't be on this list. Commented Oct 1, 2010 at 16:05
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    In the interest of fairness, I've removed myself from the list ... though I'd still argue that you can be a quality plugin developer and not have plugins listed in the WP repository. Stephen Rider's code is referenced frequently in other systems and his Strider Core framework is used in several plugins that are hosted in the repository.
    – EAMann
    Commented Oct 1, 2010 at 16:13
  • PS Thanks for finding his WP.org profile ... I just couldn't locate it because, really, he's better known for posting stuff in Trac, on Google Code, and on his own site than he is on WP.org.
    – EAMann
    Commented Oct 1, 2010 at 16:17

Justin Tadlock

Joost "Yoast" de Valk



Proverbial from the horse's mouth. :)


Alex M (Viper007Bond) (no.1 in terms of number)


Alex King

  • You have the same link for the first and third items. Commented Oct 1, 2010 at 2:07

Not directly answering the question, but I've set up a Google Custom Search Engine just to find reliable answers to my WP questions, using most of these authors as the source sources. I add more as I find someone reliable and knowledgeable.

Check it out here: Wordpress Developers Custom Search Engine

Ones that I have on it that are missing from this list are:

Andrew Nacin

Vladimir Prelovac

Joseph Scott

Denis de Bernardy

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