I use WordPress on many of my websites and feel that the installation isn’t complete without some specific plugins that I always install with every copy. I also keep a copy of each one of the plugins so that even if the website on which they were available gets discontinued for any reason, I would still have them with me.
Here is a list of my top 10 WordPress plugins:-
An excellent plugin that generates XML sitemaps for your blog and lets the search engines index your blog quickly.
This plugin lets your put titles, descriptions, keywords in all your individual posts and is extremely handy for SEO.
WordPress is one blogging CMS that can bring any kind of server to its knees and is notorious for its high CPU usage. WP-Cache plugin lets you cache your blog pages for faster access. Earlier this plugin was not included with the WordPress installation but now it installs along with WordPress and all you have to do is activate it.
4. Cforms II
Cforms is a convenient way to add quick feedback/contact forms to your website. The plugin allows you to have multiple forms which you can call from anywhere using a piece of code.
Using this plugin, you can manually set order to all your pages and sub-pages. It arranges the page names in an AJAX list from where you can move the pages up and down. The inbuilt page ordering system of WordPress is not very maneuverable and this plugin was developed to overcome that drawback.
How many times have you wanted to rename those text widgets for easy identification? This plugin lets you do just that and also create unlimited number of widgets.
7. No-ping Wait
When posting news to your blog, this plugin can handle all the ping load effectively. If you have a long ping list, this plugin will remove the delay between your posts.
A perfect solution to integrate Google Adsense into your blog. This plugin enables you to create different Adsense blocks and allows placing them within your template or individual posts.
A real godsend. Allows you to place and execute any PHP code within your posts.
When navigating the admin menu in WordPress, this plugin lets you reach any admin page in one click, instead of first clicking on the first level link (”Manage” for example) and then only on a sub-menu link (”Comments“). Very helpful.