Every of us, bloggers, stands sooner or later (mostly sooner) in front of the WordPress plugins directory, looking at the plugins names and descriptions with wide eyes, installing them one by one. But the majority of the fresh “toys” on your blog doesn’t make any sense, doesn’t work or doesn’t match one’s needs. In my dramatic called article I will introduce neccessary add-ons on your blog installations, which really each site should have. (Plus some hard–core–code tips).
WP Super Cache — The title says it. It caches the posts, so less SQL queries are done. Site loads faster.
Subscribe to Comments — A reader leaves a comment: will he remember to check for replies? Maybe he will check the post once or twice, but then he will give up. The plugin allows commenters to subscribe to follow-up comments via e-mail notification.
Get Recent Comments — Not so neccessary, but useful for fast overview of recent activity on the blog.
No Self Pings — You know that feeling: you link your previous post and get a bunch of false pingbacks? This plugin prevents that.
SimpleTags — Much, much better tag management system.
WP-PageNavi - If you want to look for old posts, you’ll most likely need to click on “older posts” pretty a bunch of times. This plugins puts pagination wherever you want. Can look amazing with some styling.
WordTwit — Only for Twitter users. Tweets a link with optionally text when you post a new article.
WP Greet Box — Asks social-network users for RSS subscription, Twitter followship etc. Looks nice and is functional.
This article is the best source for .htaccess improvements. This is for advanced users only.
That’s pretty much everything “basic” that you need as a blogger. I hope I was helpful. I always hope. Sorry for the RII picture.