If you don’t know yet, my design blog is managed with WordPress. In the past, I have used tons of widgets and plugins. Now that I’ve managed to cut nearly half of them out, I’d like to share the essential plugins I still use.
Some of them are used only on occasion. There’s no specific order. I actually copied this straight out of my dashboard.
All in One SEO Pack
Auto Post Thumbnail
BJ Lazy Load
Broken Link Checker
Contact Form 7
Defensio is an advanced spam filtering web service that learns and adapts to your behaviors as well to those of your readers and commenters. To use this plugin, you need to obtain a free API Key. Tell the world how many spam Defensio caught!
By Websense, Inc. | Visit plugin site
Disqus Comment System
The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus. Head over to the Comments admin page to set up your DISQUS Comment System.
By Disqus | Visit plugin site
Google XML Sitemaps
IGIT Related Post With Thumb
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.
By Automattic | Visit plugin site
Lightbox Plus implements ColorBox as a lightbox image overlay tool for WordPress. ColorBox was created by Jack Moore of Color Powered and is licensed under the MIT License.
By Dan Zappone | Visit plugin site
Really Simple CAPTCHA
WP Super Cache
Most of these plugins have been essential to my blog’s functionality for quite some time. I’m always open to new plugins that will benefit my site. What else do you recommend?