There’s tons of websites which will list you good plugins for different purposes. You can’t and shouldn’t install all the plugins that’s recommended by one blogger. You should keep in mind a few things about a plugin before you install it and start using it.
- You’ve to make sure it’s frequently updated and is compatible with your version of wordpress.
- It’s not always necessary that you get the perfect plugin but try to find “the most” appropriate plugin for your needs.
- Read the description and installation instructions. Check the author’s website and the screenshots.
- You don’t want to install a plugin that makes your site vulnerable to any kind of attacks. The reason wordpress is so popular is because of it’s security but installing 3rd party plugins makes it insecure so you’ve to be extra cautious about it.
Here’s the list of plugins that I make sure I have on my wordpress website.
- Akismet – The best spam control system for wordpress. It catches real spam and you don’t get comment notifications by email, wasting your time to go through them and delete them. It saved lots of minutes for me everyday.
- Complete Central Backup – The good thing about this backup tool is that it takes automatic weekly backups. Now you don’t have to worry about losing data on your blog anymore.
- Digg Digg AA – There’s Digg digg plugin and there’s AA’s Digg Digg Alternative. Digg digg AA seem to be faster than the Digg digg social plugin.
- AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget – If you don’t like the look of Digg digg, here’s one’s that’s pretty popular and gives you stats on the shares.
- Quick Adsense – If you using google adsense advertisement in your blog, quick adsense is somewhat simple and customizable for in-post and sidebar advertisements.
- Adsense Made Easy – Like the name states, it makes it very simple to add an ad-box in the sidebar. All you need is your adsense publisher id and you choose the size and colours from the plugin settings.
- Disable Trackbacks – It disables trackbacks which are mostly used for spam.
- Google Analytics for WordPress – You need google analytics to show you stats of your site for better SEO.
- Google XML Sitemaps – Generates XML sitemaps which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to index your site.
- Jetpack by WordPress.com – Check the detailed description of this plugin at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/
- Ultimate TinyMCE - Brings advance editing features to your editor.
- W3 Total Cache - The site cache plugin which is better than any other plugins out there. It improves your site’s performance on the user’s side.
- WordPress Importer – If you are migrating from another domain like i did or you are importing old backups from xml files then you need this plugin.
- WPtouch – Target your growing mobile device users with this plugin which transforms your website for better mobile performance.