The field of 64 mighty WordPress plugins is now down to just two as WooCommerce and Advanced Custom Fields face off in the championship match to determine who will win Torque Plugin Madness 2016.

WooCommerce beat out Wordfence Security to advance, while Advanced Custom Fields took down The Events Calendar.

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Who will cut down the nets and emerge as the champion of Torque Plugin Madness? Find out April 12.

There’s still plenty of time to vote in the championship match. Head over to PluginMadness.com and help decide the winner.

As always, stay tuned to Torque, the WP Engine blog, and PluginMadness.com for tournament news. You can also sign up to receive updates via email. Follow the action on Twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness.

After your vote, be sure to share it on Twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness for the opportunity to win limited edition Torque swag that we designed specifically for the Torque Plugin Madness tournament.05


Update from 3/29/16
Two of the most powerful WordPress plugins – Jetpack and Yoast SEO — met defeat in Torque Plugin Madness round 4, failing to advance to the semi-finals. Yoast SEO fell to Advanced Custom Fields, while The Events Calendar edged out Jetpack.

That leaves just two matchups as the tournament enters the semi-finals today. Here is the Phenomenal 4:

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Vote now in the semi-finals to determine who advances to the championship game! The winner will be announced on April 12.

Stay tuned to Torque, the WP Engine blog, and PluginMadness.com for tournament news. You can also sign up to receive updates via email. Follow the action on Twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness.

After your vote, be sure to share it on Twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness for the opportunity to win limited edition Torque swag that we designed specifically for the Torque Plugin Madness tournament.


Update from 3/22/16

And then there were eight! Your votes have been tallied and the field of Torque Plugin Madness contenders is now down to the Exceptional 8. Voting is now open for Round 4.

Round 3 saw some key eliminations, including Akismet, All In One SEO Pack, and iThemes Security.

Now’s the time to vote on who will move on to the next round and compete in the semi-finals, aka the Phenomenal 4.

Here are the matchups for for this round:

  • WP Maintenance Mode Vs. Wordfence Security
  • WooCommerce Vs. WP Smush
  • Advanced Custom Fields Vs. Yoast SEO
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com Vs. The Events Calendar

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the tournament:

  • March 29: The Phenomenal 4 (Semi-finals)
  • April 5: Championship
  • April 12: Winner Announced!

Stay tuned to Torque, the WP Engine blog, and PluginMadness.com for tournament news. You can also sign up to receive updates via email. Follow the action on twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness.

After your vote, be sure to share it on Twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness for the opportunity to win limited edition Torque swag that we designed specifically for the Torque Plugin Madness tournament.


In one of the closest matchups we’ve seen so far, stalwart WP Smush edged out mighty MailChimp to advance to Round 3 of Torque Plugin Madness as the tournament field was whittled down to the Supreme 16.

In other close matches, Clef Two-Factor Authentication’s late rally wasn’t enough to stave off Akismet, which took the victory in that high-profile matchup.

Round 3 voting is open now at PluginMadness.com. See which plugins are left and vote now to decided which WordPress plugin is the one to rule them all.

Round 3 features some amazing matchups, including:

  • WooCommerce vs. Akismet
  • bbPress vs. Yoast SEO
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com vs. WP-Optimize
  • iThemes Security vs. WordFence Security
  • WP Mail SMTP vs. WP Smush

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the tournament:

  • March 22: The Exceptional 8 (Round 4)
  • March 29: The Phenomenal 4 (Semi-finals)
  • April 5: Championship
  • April 12: Winner Announced!

Stay tuned to Torque, the WP Engine blog, and PluginMadness.com for tournament news. You can also sign up to receive updates via email. Follow the action on twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness.

After your vote, be sure to share it on Twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness for the opportunity to win limited edition Torque swag that we designed specifically for the Torque Plugin Madness tournament.

 


The Torque Plugin Madness tournament field has been narrowed to 32, and there are some surprising WordPress plugins that didn’t make the cut.

In a shocking upset, Hello Dolly stalled out in the first round and didn’t advance, along with other big names like Google Analytics by Yoast, Contact Form 7, Google Analytics, and Contact Form DB.

Torque Plugin Madness is the online competition that pits plugin against plugin in a bracket-style tournament to determine which WordPress plugin is best!

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Voting for Round 2, lovingly dubbed the Thrilling 32, is now open. There are some exciting matchups, here are some highlights:

Be sure to get your Round 2 votes in now. Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the tournament:

  • March 8: The Thrilling 32 (Round 2)
  • March 15: The Supreme 16 (Round 3)
  • March 22: The Exceptional 8 (Round 4)
  • March 29: The Phenomenal 4 (Semi-finals)
  • April 5: Championship
  • April 12: Winner Announced!

Stay tuned to Torque, the WP Engine blog, and PluginMadness.com for tournament news. You can also sign up to receive updates via email. Follow the action on twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness.

After your vote, be sure to share it on Twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness for the opportunity to win limited edition Torque swag that we designed specifically for the Torque Plugin Madness tournament.


The madness has begun! Voting is now open for Round 1 of Torque Plugin Madness, the online competition that pits plugin against plugin in a bracket-style tournament to determine which WordPress plugin is best!

First round voting runs through Monday, March 7, so be sure to get your votes in now.

Round 1 features some incredible matchups, including:

  • In the Pressers region, iThemes Security squares up against Redirection
  • Over in the Wordees, WooCommerce faces off against All In One WP Security & Firewall
  • In the Extenders bracket, Contact Form 7 looks to upset Yoast SEO
  • And in the Installers, Google Analyticator challenges Jetpack by WordPress

How will the first round of Torque Plugin Madness shake out? That’s up to you. Vote now for your favorite WordPress plugins in Torque Plugin Madness. And be sure to come back weekly to vote on each round. Here’s the schedule:

  • March 1: The Enchanting 64 (Round 1)
  • March 8: The Thrilling 32 (Round 2)
  • March 15: The Supreme 16 (Round 3)
  • March 22: The Exceptional 8 (Round 4)
  • March 29: The Phenomenal 4 (Semi-finals)
  • April 5: Championship
  • April 12: Winner Announced!

Stay tuned to Torque, the WP Engine blog, and PluginMadness.com for tournament news. You can also sign up to receive updates via email. Follow the action on twitter with the hashtag #pluginmadness.

Want to learn more about WordPress plugins? Download Torque’s Ultimate Guide To WordPress Plugins! And be sure to tune in at 11 a.m. CST Wednesday, March 2 for our live webinar, The WordPress Plugin Ecosystem. Representatives from Yoast SEO, Clef Two-Factor Authentication, iThemes Security, and WP Smush, will join us to discuss the WordPress plugin landscape.