One of the most powerful feature of WordPress is its easy to install plugins. Here is the list of some basic but essential WordPress plugin.
All of them are free and easy to configure. After completing your blog set up, install these plugins and make blogging easy.
Akismet is the first WordPress plugin we need to install after WordPress installation. Akismet protects our blog from comment and trackback spam. One drawback of this plugin is sometimes it flagged legit comment as spam
Akismet gives you a detailed comment status history.You can see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator. Links in your comments are highlighted, so you can easily find hidden or misleading links.
This plugin asks the commentator to enter a CAPTCHA , if Akismet detects it as a spam comment. This will add an extra security to your blog.
With this plugin we can delete the spam comments before reaching our comment box . If the commentator successfully enters CAPTCHA , then we can either leave the comment in spam queue or in the moderation queue.
The default CAPTCHA is text based and we can also use reCAPTCHA to ensure more security.
Jetpack gives the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
With this one plugin we will get WordPress.com Stats, Jetpack Comments, Subscriptions, Sharing, Contact Form, Spelling and Grammar(After the deadline), Gravatar Hovercards, Extra Sidebar Widgets, WP.me Shortlinks, Shortcode Embeds, Beautiful Math, Carousel(Transform your standard image galleries into an immersize full-screen experience), Enhanced Distribution etc.
WordPress Ping Optimizer
If your blog sends unnecessary ping to search engines and other directories , it may be flagged as ping spam .WordPress Ping optimizer plugin saves your WordPress blog from getting tagged as ping spammer.
With this plugin you can limit excessive pinging in short time.
WP Super Cache
This is an important plugin for every WordPress blog. It is very fast caching plugin for WordPress. If you are using a shared hosting plan this plugin is best for you.
You can start with its basic settings and it will cache your pages and reduce the page load time.
This plugin helps you to manage your database. It is important to take your database backup . This plugin allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries.
This will also supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.
This plugin is very important if you are using free WordPress theme. This is a smart, effective plugin to protect your blog against exploits and spam injections. You can enable daily antivirus scan and get scan report to your email.