One of the main reasons that WordPress is so useful is that there is a community of developers creating ready to use plugins. It is these plugins that provide the additional functionality that make WordPress such a powerful and versatile piece of software. All you need to do as a webmaster to benefit is to install and configure them.
Listed Below are 10 plugins that I think nearly all WordPress sites should have.
NextGen Gallery – Create multiple image galleries or slideshows to include on any of your pages. Below is an example of site using this.
cformsII – Develop and design custom forms effortlessly to include on any of your pages or as a sidebar widget.
All in one SEO – Optimise your WordPress site for search. Specify custom page titles and meta data for every page, automatically generate meta descriptions, assign noindex meta tags and more. SEO Services >>
Google XML Sitemaps – Automatically generates a XML sitemap based on your pages and posts. This will allow search engines to navigate your site easier.
Simple 301 Redirects – Perform basic 301 redirects from the comfort of the WordPress admin interface.
Facebook Share – Allow readers to share your content with their friends on Facebook.
Twitter Retweet – Allow readers to share your content with their Twitter followers.
Sociable – Allow users to share your content across a wide range of social networks and bookmarking sites, or print, email and bookmark it.
Akismet – Avoid annoying spam comments on your posts. You’ll have to pay for the privilege but it’s well worth it.