In no particular order, each with its own importance, here are three plugins that I believe no website or blog running on WordPress should be without:
- Akismet | By Automattic | Trashes SPAM comments. You need an Akismet API key for it to work.
“Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.”
- All in One SEO Pack | By Michael Torbert | Does/Handles/Takes care of SEO stuff.
“Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.”
- Jetpack by WordPress.com | By Automattic | A whole bunch of very useful thingamajigs. You need to connect it to your WordPress.com account.
“Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.”
Know any other WordPress plugins that are a standard-issue of your own installs? Share them in the comments.