Amberly Mauszycki recommends these 10 WordPress Plugins. Her advice:
If you have an upgraded WordPress.org site, then you’ll want some plugins! Have you ever wondered which ones are the best to use? Well, I have some great plugin suggestions for you!
Remember to always look for the top rated plugins with a minimum of 3 stars, so you don’t have to worry about the plugin not working properly.
Of course, some of these may seem technical at first, but just play around with the settings and familiarize yourself with them! You don’t want to have 100′s of plugins, but just the best ones to make your blog look polished!
- Akismet–protects against spam.
- Commentluv–Plugin to show a link to the last post from the commenters blog by parsing the feed at their given URL when they leave a comment. Rewards your readers and encourage more comments.
- Contact Form 7–A simple, flexible contact form.
- Dean’s FCKeditor for WordPress–Replaces the default WordPress editor with CKeditor.
- Digg Digg–All in one shared account vote buttons.
- Disqus–replaces WordPress comment system.
- Sexybookmarks–SexyBookmarks adds a (X)HTML compliant list of social bookmarking icons to each of your posts.
- WPing.FM–Updates Ping.FM when you create, edit, or update a blog post. Based upon the Microblog Updater and inspired by PinkPress.fm.
- Twitter Follow Me Box–Creates a box “follow me” twitter without touching the template.
- WP Greet Box–Show a different message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from. For example, you can ask Digg visitors to Digg your post, Google visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed, and more! Best of all, this plugin is compatible with various WordPress cache plugins.