This is a list of common plugins that could and should be used on your WordPress website/blog.
Some of these aren’t yet incorporated into this blog, as I’ve discovered them while servicing my customers. Be sure to click on the thumbnails for a full size image.
Security | Contact Forms | Visitor Helps | Social | SEO | Images
BulletProof Security Website Security Protection: BulletProof Security protects your website from XSS, CSRF, Base64_encode and SQL Injection hacking attempts. One-click .htaccess WordPress security protection. Protects wp-config.php, bb-config.php, php.ini, php5.ini, install.php and readme.html with .htaccess security protection. One-click Website Maintenance Mode(HTTP 503). http://www.ait-pro.com/aitpro-blog/297/bulletproof-security-plugin-support/bulletproof-security-wordpress-plugin-support/
EZPZ One Click Backup EZPZ One Click Backup(OCB) is a very easy way to do a complete backup of your entire WordPress site. In fact it’s so easy there are absolutely no required user settings, everything’s automatic. When using WordPress’ auto upgrade it is necessary to deactivate then reactivate EZPZ One Click Backup. http://ezpzsolutions.net/ezpz-wordpress-plugins/ezpz-one-click-backup
Custom Contact Forms Guaranteed to be 1000X more customizable and intuitive than Fast Secure Contact Forms or Contact Form 7. Customize every aspect of your forms without any knowledge of CSS: borders, padding, sizes, colors. If you prefer the default styling of contact forms, see Simple contact form below. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-contact-forms/
Simple contact form or Tiny Contact Form Providing a simple contact form on your wordpress site at side bar. For those who don’t want to add custom styling to their contact form (see this in my sidebar). http://gopi.coolpage.biz/demo/2009/08/16/simple-contact-form/
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin Returns a list of related entries based on a unique algorithm for display on your blog and RSS feeds. A templating feature allows customization of the display (see this in my sidebar). http://mitcho.com/code/yarpp/ Thanks for viewing this post. If you have any recommendations, or suggestions, please leave a comment below.
WP-PostViews Enables you to display how many times a post/page had been viewed. Modified by David Potter to include options for when and where to display view counts (see this in my sidebar). http://lesterchan.net/portfolio/programming/php/
SexyBookmarks (by Shareaholic) SexyBookmarks adds a (X)HTML compliant list of social bookmarking icons to each of your posts. http://www.shareaholic.com/tools/wordpress/
ShareThis Another social bookmarking system. Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites. http://sharethis.com/
TweetMeme Retweet Button Adds a button which easily lets you retweet your blog posts. http://tweetmeme.com/about/plugins
Simple Facebook Connect Facebook Connect is somewhat difficult to integrate with WordPress sites. Many plugins exist to do this, but they are overly complicated, or have security problems, or just plain dona??t do the things you want them to do. It doesna??t have to be this way. First, you activate and set up the base plugin, which makes your site have basic Facebook Connect functionality. Then, each of the add-on plugins will let you add small pieces of specific Facebook-related functionality, one by one. http://ottopress.com/wordpress-plugins/simple-facebook-connect/ They also have Simple Twitter Connect.
WP to Twitter shortening service. Rich in features for customizing and promoting your Tweets. http://www.joedolson.com/articles/wp-to-twitter/
Tweet old post Plugin for tweeting your old posts randomly. You can set it for http://www.ajaymatharu.com/wordpress-plugin-tweet-old-posts/
Greg’s High Performance SEO Configure over 100 separate on-page SEO characteristics. Fewer than 700 lines of code per page view. No junk: just high performance SEO at its best. http://wordpress.org/plugins/gregs-high-performance-seo/
All in One SEO Pack WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines. Will need if you get WP SEO Ninja. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/
WP SEO Ninja SEO Content Optimization – checks for optimization factors, auto syndicates your post, indexes your page or post instantly in google, spins and submits unique content to Web 2.0 properties, MORE!!! http://www.wpseoninja.com/
WP SEO Ninja Syndicate Sites: Blogger – Friend Feed – Identica – Live Journal – Multiply – Plurk – Posterous – Tumblr – Twitter – Typepad – WordPress (dot com)
BlogGlue Related Posts Network Plugin
BlogGlue Related Posts Network Plugin adds links at the bottom of every post to other similar posts on your blog and partner blogs you pick. Get noticed in a community, good for SEO. I still need to add a picture!! http://www.blogglue.com/
Google XML Sitemaps This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog. http://www.arnebrachhold.de/redir/sitemap-home/
Link Juice Keeper or Simple 301 Redirects This plugin helps you to keep the link juice by redirecting all non-existing URLs which normally return a 404 error to the front blog page using 301 redirect. Use this only if you have web pages you want to take down. http://www.poradnik-webmastera.com/projekty/link_juice_keeper/
SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2 Multiply blog traffic by strengthening on page SEO, increasing the number of indexed pages, auto convert search terms into post tags, and more. http://exclusivewordpress.com/searchterms-tagging-2-plugin/
Simple 301 Redirects Create a list of URLs that you would like to 301 redirect to another page or site. http://www.scottnelle.com/simple-301-redirects-plugin-for-wordpress/
Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors http://urbangiraffe.com/plugins/redirection/
Do Follow Removes the evil nofollow attribute that WordPress adds in comments. This will help you get more readers. http://www.semiologic.com/software/dofollow/
NIVO Slider This is the most popular “featured” slider you see at so many pages just below their menu. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nivo-slider-for-wordpress/ DEMO: http://nivo.dev7studios.com/demos/
Awesome Flickr Gallery Especially good for SEO – Google likes Flickr, and when you share it on Flickr’s website with your keywords, it helps your search position. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/awesome-flickr-gallery-plugin/ DEMO: http://www.ronakg.com/photos/
WP FancyBox Overlay images on pages using FancyBox. http://code.google.com/p/wp-fancybox/
NextGEN Gallery a fully integrated image gallery plugin for WordPress with dozens of options and features. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery/
The 40 best WordPress plugins ever, from: MakeUseOf.com.
THE 15 BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS TO USE IN 2012, from SiteSketch101.com
75Best WordPress Plugins ” Want Unfair Advantage?” from TripWireMagazine.com