With hundreds of submissions tallied and the final slate of plugins selected, voting has now begun for Torque’s Plugin Madness 2022, kicking off six weeks of head-to-head voting rounds that will ultimately determine this year’s winner!

Entering its seventh year, Plugin Madness is a bracket-style competition that highlights the massive catalog of plugins available on WordPress.org and shows some love to the plugin developers whose efforts give WordPress the flexibility and extensibility it’s renowned for. 

The annual spring tournament begins with 64 WordPress plugins, which are nominated by Torque readers and split into four categories: Optimization, eCommerce, Maintenance, and Marketing. 

Those plugins are then voted on by the users who love them most throughout a series of weekly matchups that culminates in a finals round, and ultimately, the championship title for one remaining plugin. Check out this video for a little help getting into the plugin mood:

“Plugin Madness is such a fun way to show our love for one of the most important parts of WordPress—the incredible ecosystem of plugins and the developers and designers who make them available to the WordPress community,” said Emily Schiola, editor of Torque Magazine. 

“Every year is a great opportunity to support established plugins that the community has relied on for a long time, as well as elevate new plugins that are providing users with a ton of value.” 

All votes are cast on the official Plugin Madness site, which is updated each week with new brackets.

This year’s voting schedule is as follows

  • March 7-13: Round 1 (64 entrants)
  • March 14-20: Round 2 (32 entrants)
  • March 21-27: Round 3 (16 entrants)
  • March 28- April 3: Round 4 (8 entrants)
  • April 4- 10: Semifinals (4 entrants)
  • April 11-17: Championship (2 entrants)
  • April 18: Winner Announced! 

Follow all of this year’s Plugin Madness action on Twitter @thetorquemag and use #pluginmadness to show support for your favorites! 

Want to find out more about WordPress plugins? Check out WP Engine’s 2022 Edition of The Ultimate Guide to Plugins—download it for free today!