Essential Plugins For WordPress
First of all please be aware that using too many plugins can cause your blog to respond slow and heavy load on your server (Serious Issues). Use only essential plugins which help promoting and enhancing KILLER POSTS whithout causing trouble for your blog instead of killing your blog once and for all by using unnecessary plugins. Some plugins are even vulnerable and can get your website hacked and eventually banned. Only use updated version of right plugins picked from wordpress website. Here is a list which I think your new 2.6.2 blog deserves which after checking I am recommending you.
By default it comes with WordPress. Just activate it. You will need an API key for it to work. Akismet is very powerful plugin to eliminate all spam from your comments. And it works.
All In One SEO Pack
Search Engine Optimization is vital for any blog. This plugin provide you options to edit your meta tags in addition to adding custom keywords and adding categories and tags into keywords. Very useful.
Google XML Sitemap Generator
Generates a google compliant sitemap and updates it as you update your blog. Also notifies google about changes. SEO purposes.
Simple Archive Generator
Generate archive or sitemap for your whole blog posts.
SRG Clean Archives
This is another archiving plugin which can be used to display all posts archives in a single page.
With this plugin, you can edit tags, date stamp, title and more for any post right from your manage section. Ajax enabled Manageable plugin saves you from opening post in edit mode to just change its tags or title and more. Inline editing of the date, title, author, categories, tags, status and more on both posts and pages without leaving the “Manage” admin sections.
This plugin removes any crap away from url of post.
Custom redirection facility for your blog. Redirect error pages to random post or any specific post. Add as many redirections as required. Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.
Very powerful tagging system bundled with many options. Tag special keywords in posts which are like your tags and add link to them automatically which brings users towards tags archives relating to that keyword. Add auto complete facility in write section under tags input. Display, select and add tags which you have already used for other posts in write section. Have suggested tags from Tag The Net and Yahoo option and add them to post by single click and many more useful options like mass edit tags etc.
WP DB Backup
Db Backup Plugin. You can have db backup and save it or you can set option to mail you the database backup and even set a schedule for taking backup once every day or week. Have backup regularly of your blog, to save yourself from losing your blog completely in case… WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.
WP DB Manager
More then just taking db backup. Want to manage your database completely right from your admin section? use WP DB Manager plugin. Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up and optimizing of database.
WP Post Views
Display most hot posts which are being viewed more in your blog than others. This will let you understand visiting trend of users at your blog and users can have hot posts always available.
reCAPTCHA (Free Antibot Service) plugin adds an image in comment section of your post to stop comment spam. And it works pretty well.
WP Related Posts
Have some related content posts displayed at the end of your post.
This plugin is for developers who want to display some code in posts. Pretty formatted code with many programming languages support makes it possible to let blog not mess with your code and its format. Not necessary for bloggers who do not post scripts.
Its good to know whether you are getting 404 errors from blog or not. You can have information in mail. Whenever any 404 hits your blog you will get an email about the URL and referrer. You can fix broken links from your blog in this way. If you’ve decided to move things around on your site, you might overlook a few redirects and end up with some broken URLs. This will help you catch those so you can take care of them.
Featured Video Plugin/Widget
Featured VideoÂ automatically features the latest video you include in a post in your sidebar. Not necessary if you do not post videos obviously.
WP Super Cache
Doesn’t matter how much Unlimited or whatever your host claims your online disk and bandwidth is, IT IS NOT UNLIMITED. How? Your blog is fully loaded and you got huge traffic, your server will go down. Most of us purchase shared hosting, right. You also did! Hmmmm. Go for this plugin which will decrease load at your server. Every time a request is sent, PHP engine compiles the data together and sends it to browser. This plugin will buit a cache of pages and posts and will make them available most of the time instead of overloading PHP engine.
WP Page Navigation
Adds a more advanced paging navigation in your WordPress blog.