These are the top 10 best wordpress plugins I use to quickly get a wordpress blog up and running with everything I need. I used these last week to get a new site going in about 2 hours. Leave some time for analytics to catch up and you are all set.
Google Analyticator harnesses the power of Google Analytics for your blog. See where traffic is coming from, where its going, as well as basic hit tracking. The plugin also comes with an easily customizable widget that can be used to display specific information that is gathered by Google Analytics using the Google Analytics API. It supports all of the tracking mechanisms that Google Analytics supports such as external link tracking, download tracking, tracking without counting administrative users, and any other advanced tracking the user wishes to add. Google Analyticator works with a majority of themes as long as these themes provide the proper plugin hooks.Features:
FD Feedburner Plugin for WordPress lets you track subscribers to your feed by redirecting the main feed and optionally the comments feed to Feedburner.com. It does this seamlessly without the need to modify templates, setup new hidden feeds, modify .htaccess files, or asking users to migrate to a new feed. All existing feeds simply become Feedburner feeds seamlessly and transparently for all users. Just tell the plugin what your Feedburner feed URL is and you’re done.
FancyBox for WordPress will automatically show all images in a fancy popup window when clicked. Handy for resized images where you don’t want your users stuck on just the image file when they click on it.
Easy AdSense manages all aspects of Google AdSense for a blog: insert ads into posts and sidebar, and add a Google Search box.Features:
Rich set of Options:
WordPress SEO by Yoast is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin that exists today for WordPress.org users. It incorporates everything from a snippet preview and page analysis functionality that helps you optimize your pages content, images titles, meta descriptions and more to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between. I use it to help generate a complete Google sitemap and tweak how my sites show up in Google.Features:
w3-total-cacheis THE performance plugin for wordpress. It’s the fastest and most complete WordPress performance optimization plugin. W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download time of your theme and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. I use it heavily for it’s memcached integration, front-end compression, and CDN integration.Benefits:
At least 10x improvement in site performance (when fully configured: Grade A in YSlow or great Google Page Speed Improvements)
“Instant” second page views (browser caching after first page view)
Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site (visitors view more pages)
Optimized progressive render (pages appear to load instantly)
Improved web server performance (easily sustain high traffic spikes)
Compatible with shared hosting, virtual private servers and dedicated servers / clusters
Transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration with Media Library, theme files and WordPress itself
Caching of (minified and compressed) pages and posts in memory or on disk
Caching of RSS (comments, page and site) feeds in memory or on disk
Caching of search results pages (i.e. URIs with query string variables) in memory or on disk
Caching of database objects in memory
Minification of posts and pages and RSS feeds
Minification (combine and remove comments / white space) of inline, embedded or 3rd party CSS (with automated updates)
Import post attachments directly into the Media Library (and CDN)
Contact Form 7 is the best contact form out there. It allows you to flexibly design the form and mail. You can manage multiple contact forms as well. In addition, it supports many features including AJAX submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering, file uploading, etc.
WP Smush.it taps into the API behind Yahoo’s excellent Exceptional Performance series recommends optimizing images in several lossless ways: stripping meta data from JPEGs, optimizing JPEG compression, converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs and stripping the un-used colours from indexed images.
This last one isn’t required for all setups, but if like me you have varnish sitting in front of your app servers, wp-varnish is a must have. It automatically clears your varnish caches as needed.