I’ve been blogging since 2006, and these are the 12 plugins I liked the most. Full details, and download links, are at the blog post.
Broken Link Checker
I really like this plugin. What it does is spider your blog for links, then checks them all.
Contact Form 7
OK, there’s not much to say about this one. It’s one of the simplest ways to add a “contact form” to your blog.
Flash Video Player
This is a plugin that lets me stream Flash .flv files from my blog. I use it a lot less nowadays as I prefer to embed Youtube movies after uploading the .flv files there first.
Google XML Sitemaps
Not much to say about this mainstream plugin. It’s a simple and easy way to add an XML sitemap to your blog.
Minimum Word Count
This is a plugin I used recently to check on the length of my blog posts.
Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions
This is the plugin that helped me shrink my WordPress database by over a THIRD in just a few clicks.
UpdraftPlus – Backup and Restore
A plugin to backup your blog. It backs-up automatically to dropbox, which is a time-saver.
Use Google Libraries
W3 Total Cache
A great plugin for increasing your page delivery time and also taking the strain off your database.
Boost your SEO power and see your SEO rating for each post with this plugin.
A very cool plugin that loads the share buttons only when a visitor starts scrolling the page, meaning the loading of the share icons doesn’t slow the visitor down at all.
A plugin to show a mobile-friendly version of your blog to desktop devices.