Mark Ghosh asked on WebBlogTools what 5 plugins I use in every wordpress install.
I use nearly the same plugins for every blog I run. Here’s my list.
- Akismet – It seems silly to not have Akismet. Does anyone want spam on their blog? I don’t know of any better way to deal with stupid annoying pointless messages.
- WP-Stats/Google Analyticator – Depending on if the blogger I’m setting up the blog for has a Analyitcs account, I use WP-Stats or GA. I love them both (and personally have them setup side by side here). I find these two plugins great for glancing at recent traffic and changing the posting schedule based on trends.
- WordPress Database Backup – A priceless and invaluable plugin. Every day at 10am, WP-DB Backup sends a complete copy of my database to a secret and highly secure email address. I run my own backup every Tuseday, but the worst probably will happen on Monday at 11:55pm.
- WP Super Cache – Slow pages are terrible. Since I’m continuously logged in, this makes less of an impact on me, but my readers enjoy having fast page loads. I was never able to figure out W3 Total Cache, so Super Cache is enough for me.
- WP-Optimize – Every few weeks I’ll optimize my database with this little plugin. It doesn’t do much, but it essentially runs optimize MySQL command on each table in the database and also removes old post revisions that are no longer needed. It’s excellent.
Of course, I’d love to say thanks to the developers of those excellent plugins: Automattic, Chris J. Davis, Ronald Heft, Austin Matzko, Donncha O Caoimh and Ruhani Rabin.