WordPress is my favorite blogging platform. It has more than 13 million users in total and the self-hosted WordPress.org has been downloaded more than 5 million times.One of the reasons that I’m so madly in love with WordPress is the thousands of plugins available.I can do whatever with wordpress with the hues collections of plugin and most of them are free or charge !! WordPress has a big community to support you.You can do a blog,a simple to very complex e-commerce website with wordpress.
When i develop a wordpress site some plugin come handy to me frequently.I have listed them for you.
- Akismet – intelligently blocks spam comments. Checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they are spam or not.
- All in One SEO Pack – Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
- Add to Any: Share/Bookmark/Email Button – Helps readers share, save, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious and over 100 more .
- Broken Link Checker – monitors and notifies you for broken links on your blog.
- Contact Form 7 – Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible .
- Google XML Sitemaps Generator – creates a sitemap of all articles on your WordPress blog. Helps Google and other search engines index every article you write.
- Google Analyticator – Same as the one above, enables Google Analytics tracking .
- Subscribe To Comments – Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry.
- Maintenance Mode Plugin – Adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.
- NextGEN Gallery – A full integrated Image Gallery WordPress plugin with a Flash slideshow option.
- WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your blog. You can also easily add a poll into your blog post / page.
- WordPress Related Posts – If a reader enjoys one of your articles then one of the best things that you can do is to put some more articles in front of them to keep them digging through your site.
- WP AJAX Edit Comments – Allows users and admins to edit comments on a post inline using AJAX.
- WP-DB-Backup – On-demand backup of your database.
- WP-Contact Form with Spam Protection – creates a contact form on your blog, through which your readers can contact you easily.
- WordPress Mobile Pack– The WordPress Mobile Pack is a complete toolkit to help mobilize your WordPress site and blog.
Hopefully this will help you out.Comment me if you know other good plugin resources.