My Recommended WordPress Plugins

These are the plugins I usually start with when developing a new WordPress site. If it’s a static site with no blogging involved, some of these don’t apply. But more often than not, these are the “staples” in my WordPress cupboard, so to speack!

COMMENTS
- Akismet (anti-spam – loads with WordPress Installation)
- Block Spam by Math (basically a math “Captcha” system)
- Subscribe to Comments

SOCIAL
- Tweet, Like and Share, GooglePlus1 (this is an all-in-one plugin, not 3 plugins)
- Facebook Like Thumbnail (Let’s you set a default thumbnail that will be displayed when people “Like” your post/page/site)
- Sociable (adds a wide variety of share buttons to the end of each of your blog posts – highly configurable)
- Twitter Tools (if blogging – A few tools to connect your blog to Twitter, mainly used to automatically “Tweet” to your followers that a new blog post has been made)

IF BLOGGING:
- FD Feedburner plugin (Redirects your blog’s RSS feed URL to your Feedburner URL)
- YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – Lists additional posts related to the post you just published)

SEO:
- All In One SEO Pack (makes automatic optimizations to your posts based on your settings – also allows for individual optimization of posts)
- Google Analyticator (adds the Google Analyticator code to your site and allows you to optimize its settings from within your WordPress Dashboard)
- Google Sitemap Generator (creates an xml sitemap for your site and automatically updates it and pings Google each time you add a new post or make a change)
- Headspace2 (if blogging, to customize the “read more…” text – also has a wide variety of SEO tools similar to ‘All In One SEO’)
- Robots Meta (Let’s you keep very tight control over what does and does not get indexed, followed and archived by the search engines – also includes “verbose explanations” to help you make smart decisions)

MAINTENANCE:
- WP DB-Backup (for easy manual and automated database backups of your WordPress database)

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