I am using WordPress for some time now and have quite a few websites running on WordPress.
Over the time I have tested about a 100 WordPress plugins, maybe more. Today I would like to list you my
19 essential plugins. Depending on the websites I have some more, but these are the ones I would recommend
to anyone running a WordPress blog as I think the deliver the core features that you need.
And quite importantly I found out that even when using them all they will not slow the blog at all.
Before I forget it: On most of my sites I am running WordPress together with the Genesis Framework from Copyblogger Media. Genesis is very optimized in regards of SEO and doing its job very well. This site is running in Genesis as well.
Here the list of my 19 essential plugins for WordPress 3.0, you can all easy add the with a search on “Plugin / Add new” menu on WordPress or at the WordPress plugin directory at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/.
AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Buttons
Help people share, bookmark, and email your posts & pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, StumbleUpon, Digg and many more.
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam.
Contact Form 7
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
Count Per Day
Counter, shows reads per page; today, yesterday, last week, last months … on dashboard, per shortcode or in widget.
WP FollowMe is a wordpress plugin that allow you to add a twitter Follow me badge on your wordpress blog.
Automatically translates a blog in 48 different languages by wrapping four different online translation engines (Google Translation Engine, Babelfish Translation Engine, FreeTranslations.com, Promt).
Enables Google Analytics on all pages.
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.
New Tag Cloud
The plugin provides an widget wich shows a tag cloud with the tags used by the new WordPress own tagging feature
Shockingly Simple Favicon
A simple way to put a favicon on your site.
Insert YouTube videos in posts, comments and RSS feeds with ease and full customization.
Social Profiles Widget
This plugin/widget allows you to insert social profile icons into your sidebar via a widget.
Tweet, Like, Google +1 and Share
Most simple social share icons. 99% of your any blog post is share by these 4 Social share icons.
Tweet old post
Plugin for tweeting your old posts randomly
Twitter for WordPress
Displays your public Twitter messages for all to read.
WordPress Facebook Fan Box Widget
Display facebook fan box as widget in your WordPress blog.
wpCompressor automatic compression assumes the data output and boosts the performance of the blog pages.
WP Greet Box
Show a different message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from. For example, you can ask Digg visitors to Digg your post, Google visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed, and more!
Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress.
Let me know which ones you like and I might have missed. Please use the comment form below.