A friend started out today asking me if I had time for some WordPress input…specifically regarding backups and related plugins. I though to myself, maybe I should write up a small email to my buddy and mention all the plugins I think are essential. I did and that led to me thinking…”I should put this out for others.” He thought the same thing and suggested I turn it into something on my site.

So, I put some time into this list. I only suggest the plugins I think are the best in their respective categories, so with that, let the list begin.

SEO

WordPress SEO – All of Joost’s (@yoast) plugins are awesome. Follow his site, the guy is crazy smart.

The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.

SEO Smart Links

SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more.

Redirection

Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors.
This is where you can build “301″ redirects for your blog. (i.e. http://www.tquizzle.com/go/ramped/ -> https://www.myaffiliate.com/something.php?r=xxxxx – My link actually refers you to Robb Sutton’s Ramped Blogging eBook.)

Performance / Backup

W3 Total Cache

The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.

WP-DBManager – All of Lester Chan’s (@gamerz) stuff is good. He’s been in the WP game a long time.

WP-DBManager Manages your WordPress database. Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.

Random Useful Stuff

cforms

cformsII offers unparalleled flexibility in deploying contact forms across your blog. Features include: comprehensive SPAM protection, Ajax support, Backup & Restore, Multi-Recipients, Role Manager support, Database tracking and many more.

Jetpack by WordPress.com

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.

Jetpack includes all of the following:

  • WordPress.com Stats – Simple, concise site stats w/ no load on your server.
  • Twitter Widget – Display the latest updates from a Twitter user inside your theme’s widgets.
  • Gravatar Hovercards – Show a pop-up business card of your users’ Gravatar profiles.
  • WP.me Shortlinks – Enable WP.me- powered shortlinks for your posts and pages.
  • Sharedaddy – Super-Duper sharing tool. Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Digg, etc…
  • LaTeX – Mark up your posts w/ the LaTeX markup language – mathematical equations for the geeks.
  • After the Deadline – Helps you write better by adding spell, style and grammar checking.
  • Shortcode Embeds – Easier embedding of things you’d embed. YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, etc.

Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu – Ozh (@ozh)  is another guy who’s been in the game a long time. Quality stuff, always.

All admin links available in a neat horizontal drop down menu. Saves lots of screen real estate!

Dean’s Permalinks Migration

With this plugin, you can safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your website,and even doesn’t hurt your google pagerank. (Useful if you ever need to change your permalink structure, like I did.)

Photo Dropper

Lets you add Creative commons licensed Photos to Your Posts from Flickr. By activating this plugin you agree to be fully responsbile for adhering to Creative Commons licenses for all photos you post to your blog.

eCommerce

WP e-Commerce Plugin

WP e-Commerce is a free WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin that lets customers buy your products, services and digital downloads online. We make setting up a shop easy, and with over 1.3 Million downloads, we have unparalleled experience.

 Mobile

WP-Touch

WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.

 

That’s it for right now. Again, I think each one of these plugins is the best in its respective category and definitely worthy of a download to try it out.

Did I miss some great ones? Let me know in the comments what you think are some essential WordPress plugins.


TQuizzle

TQuizzle.com is my place to talk about whatever. I really don't post here much anymore what with all the other domains I own, but I'm putting it up on GitHub so that it can be seen for archive puposes.