In developing with WordPress for a few years now, I have found that there is a shortlist of plugins that I find useful on almost every site I work on. These plugins cover the range from things every good site should have – help with SEO, contact forms, analytics, automatically generated XML sitemaps, database backups – to other aspects that might also be desired – image galleries, A/B testing, eCommerce… and now, you (and I) can have this list available as a Dashboard Widget inside the WordPress admin area, with links to easily install these great helpers from one easy reference. Just download Alex’s Recommended Plugins plugin and install it to your own site. The list of plugins is after the jump. Are there other plugins you just could not live without?
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- All in One SEO Pack : optimizes your site for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization). Control META data for each Post and Page, and much more.
- Contact Form 7 : create & manage contact forms. Send submissions via email. Supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and more.
- Enable Media Replace : replace files in your media library by uploading new files in their place. No more deleting, renaming and re-uploading files.
- NextGEN Gallery : fully integrated Image Gallery plugin, with a jQuery slideshow.
- ShareThis : let users share your content through email and 50+ social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
- Google XML Sitemaps : generate a special XML sitemap to help search engines better index your blog. Updates automatically for new posts
- Ultimate Google Analytics : Add Google Analytics to each page of your site without making any changes to your template.
- WP DB Backup : Backup your database at the click of a button. Save the backup to your computer, or send it as an email. Schedule backups for added safety.
- WordPress Reset : reset the WordPress database back to the defaults. Deletes all customizations and content. Does not modify files only resets the database.
- ShrimpTest : add A/B testing support to your site
- WP e-Commerce : add e-commerce to your site