Here is a list of useful WordPress Plugins that I have used within the last couple of years on my websites that I have found to be helpful.
WordPress SEO – In my opinion, this is the best WordPress SEO plugin available. You can specify a keyword and the plugin will rate the on-page SEO based on how well written the post is and basis the score based on how effectively you use your keyword. A must have plugin!
Google XML Sitemaps – A must have plugin! This will upload your website’s ‘map’ to Google they can properly search your site. Checkout the plugin page for more info.
Google Analyticator – Used for Google Analytics tracking.
Ultimate tag cloud widget – A highly customizable tag cloud for WordPress.
W3 Total Cache – This plugin will help increase your website load times.
Comments and User Interaction
Subscribe to Comments Reloaded – This is an advanced comment subscription plugin, you can allow users to ‘subscribe’ to specific posts so that when there is a reply they will be notified via e-mail. I really like this plugin as it encourages users to return to your site.
Social Login – This plugin allows you to login to the WordPress site using one of 20 social media sites! Great for your users that visit.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – This is a nifty plugin that will display other similar posts based on criteria on each post or page, I run this on my music video site and it’s great for displaying similar posts.
Fast Secure Contact Form – This is an amazing plugin that has a very highly customizable form that can create with an auto responder. I think this is by far one of my favorite plugins and it just so happens to be one of the most popular WP plugins out there!
Page Links To – This plugin allows you to link specific pages or posts to any URL you want, very useful!
Redirection – This is a handy plugin that helps manage 301 redirections, and keep track of 404 errors that may be present on your site.
EZPZ One Click Backup – This is a plugin used for backing up your website, pretty straight forward!
Widgets on Pages – Exactly like it sounds! You can put widgets on pages within your WordPress site.
What plugins do you use? What can you recommend?