I should start saying that I like to integrate things with my theme as much as possible rather than using WordPress plugins. Thesis theme has been quite good so far in that, but I do end up using some plugins which is helpful in creating the blogs.
Below is the list of WordPress plugins which I use on my blogs.
This is one of the must have WordPress plugins. Page loading speed for blog can be slow if your database is not optimized. There can be a lot of space wastage because of the auto draft or version revision saves in the database.
These all can end up slowing the blog and giving performance issue. This plugin is very simple, it deletes these revision drafts, auto save drafts and optimize your database. This can make your queries working faster and speed up your blog.
The good thing is that this plugin does not run in background, you have to go into plugin panel and run it. So it doesn’t affect any other thing on blog.
This is not in the must have WordPress plugins but if you do not have access to any photo editing utility then you do need this plugin.
There is a difference in the image optimize for web and other images, images stores some extra data in their files which is not required for web. If you optimize your images for web you end up reducing their size and have a better loading time as less data will be transferred.
Image optimization can be done through either photo editing utilities like Adobe Photoshop or with this plugin. This plugin works in background and when you load any image it automatically converts it for web.
It shows the reduction or space saved in media panel. The amount saved may be small in number but a huge gain as you have to multiply it with several page load to get the actual saving.
SEO slugs is a smart plugin to remove the stop words from your slugs. It is good for SEO purpose. Every time you save a draft it checks the slug and remove stop words from it.
I use it to just get the initial slug and then I change it based on the post. Stop words removal is good for SEO also.
This is another good plugin, which generates XML site map for your blog. It automatically submits them to search engine also. Easy to set up and good to have as it make sure your pages are indexed properly.
This is also helpful in-case you are using any webmaster tool as you can enter the xml file for site map in that tool. Like I use Google webmaster and give the file from this plugin as a site map for my blog.
This is one of the best WordPress Plugin for on page SEO. This checks posts and pages for on page SEO to provide recommendation and numeric score . It does some automatic work also, like doing bold and italic keywords etc.
It has worked good so far for all my blogs, and I would recommend this plugin.
This is another good plugin in-case your blog has webmasters as readers. It actually gives a chance to attach their work with their comment. It automatically fetches their rss feed and give them an option to show their latest article.
It’s a good way to reward your readers, who comment and engage on your blog. The premium version is more than just adding comment luv as it integrates many plugins in one with comment spam protection, twitterlink and keyword luv all at one. It should be a good addition to a blog with much improved features.
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This is again one of the must have WordPress plugins. This can increase your site speed by caching some run-time things so it won’t run for every user.
Caching plugins are helpful in-case you have a lot of traffic coming to your site, but be careful if you are going to see a traffic jump on one page then it requires some additional setup (it will work as it is also, but its better to give that page its own cache file).
This plugins just help you managing your redirection. this monitors your post and page url and adds automatically 301 redirects in-case it changes. This allows for custom redirection also, you can even redirects url which does not exist.
This can be a handy way to handle your affiliate links, though Thesis theme gives an easy way to do that with the 301 redirect. This plugin also keep track of your 404 error and redirect logs.
This plugin will just help you to make sure you don’t have any broken link on your blog. It checks the blogs for broken links and report those so you can fix them. Once the blog gets big it’s really hard to keep track of broken link, it’s a good way to automate that task.
These are the WordPress Plugins which I use on my blogs, a short list and most of the plugins does not run on front end. The benefit is that front user does not feel any negative impact for these plugins.
So what do you say am I missing anything? Which WordPress Plugins are you using?