AUSTIN, Texas — Feb 15, 2021 — WP Engine, the world’s most trusted WordPress technology company, today announced nominations are now open for Torque’s Plugin Madness 2021. The contest, entering its sixth year, is a bracket-style competition that begins with 64 WordPress plugins nominated by Torque readers which are split into four groups: eCommerce, Maintenance, Marketing and Optimization. Those plugins are then pitted against one another in a grueling set of matchups that culminate in a finals round, and ultimately, the thrill of victory for one remaining WordPress plugin champion.

“Plugin Madness is our biggest contest of the year and one of the most highly sought after awards in the WordPress plugin industry,” said Emily Schiola, editor of Torque Magazine. “WordPress is as powerful as it is because of the people behind these plugins. Plugin Madness celebrates the vast community of developers working tirelessly to make WordPress the most customizable CMS on the web.”

“Plugin Madness is a wonderful yearly project by Torque magazine,” said Ben Pines, Head of Content at Elementor. “It does a lot to promote the spirit of good sportsmanship and healthy competition between the talented makers of WordPress plugins from all over the world. We were delighted to participate and quite humbled to win the 2020 rounds, especially given we were up against some amazing plugins.”

64 Enter, 1 Comes Out the Winner

The voting schedule, open to the entire WordPress community and beyond, lasts one week for each round, beginning at midnight: 

  • March 15—Round 1 (64 entrants)
  • March 22—Round 2 (32 entrants)
  • March 29—Round 3 (16 entrants)
  • April 5—Round 4 (8 entrants)
  • April 12— Round 5 (4 entrants)
  • April 19— Round 6 (2 entrants)
  • April 26— Winner Announced

Plugin Madness is run by Torque, WP Engine’s editorially-independent digital publication for the WordPress industry. Torque Magazine is a leading resource for WordPress news. Its content equips new and advanced WordPress users with expert insights and information to help them create, grow and optimize their WordPress sites and build better experiences online.

For more information and to enter or vote for Plugin Madness, go to  

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