I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have these necessary plugins for wordpress. If you want your development life to be fast and easy then you need these.
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
This is an amazing plugin for all your meta, title and SEO needs! It shows you exactly how your info will display in the search engines and give you total control of your meta info. Very easy to use and great options. Highly Recommended!
2. Styles With Shortcodes
I definitely cannot live without this plugin. It’s a premium plugin found at codecanyon.net by the folks at rightHere.com and is truly amazing! Comes pre-installed with tons of shortcodes that you can use throughout your wordpress site. They also make it incredibly easy to create new shortcodes. I really think that this can replace the custom fields on the post pages in wordpress. You need this plugin.
3. White Label Branding
The folks at RightHere do it again! Another premium plugin that just makes it so easy to white label wordpress. All the options are simple to use, very clean, and very useful. You can remove entire areas of wordpress with a simple check box. Don’t install wordpress without it.
4. Genesis Framework
Okay, I know this isn’t really a plugin BUT it is definitely something that you need to use, or at least try out. You can click the “Why Genesis” link on the side bar to read many of the benifits that Genesis has to offer. It’s great for CSS Developers because everything is built on child themes. It just makes running wordpress incredibly easy. This blog was built on it using the Tapestry Theme (with some modifications of course). The Genesis Framework is truly amazing and I will continue to use it as long as I’m using wordpress.
Click the image above or to the right for this amazing framework.
5. Nextgen Gallery – Duh!
How can you have a top 10 list without mentioning the NextGen Gallery. If you’re not familiar with this yet, you need to be. It’s the easiest, most flexible gallery there is for wordpress with tons of options for customization.
6. Fancy Box or Pretty Photo
Use this in conjunction with the Nextgen gallery and you’ll have some amazing tools at your disposal. These plugins give you a simple light box effect with a little extra. You can have it automatically detect images on your site or manually set everything up. I like them both.
7. SEO Smart Links
Looking for some cross-linking? This is the plug that does it. You can pick specific words that you want to link throughout your website OR you can just let it do it’s cross-linking thing. This plugin will automatically find words that will link to other posts/pages on your blog… and it’s FREE! WOOOT!
8. Related Posts YARRP
Give people easier access to posts that relate to what they just read. This plugin automatically pulls in the posts and rates the relevancy of it. A must have for any blogger. I don’t have an image for this =( BUT you can see the example at the bottom of this post!
9. Syntax Highlighter
If you are doing any tutorials or showing of some new code you created, then Syntax Highlighter is the necessary plugin for you! Take a look at the example below. The cool past is, you can style it to look however you want!
example of code
Very simple and Brilliant!
10. Sexy Bookmarks
Get the word out! Let people share your brilliantly created new post TO THE WORLD! You can customize which icons you want to show up, what you want it to say, and much more. Great plugin, only thing I don’t like is that it updates ALL the time.
You can see the example at the bottom of this post.
Google XML Sitemap
Submit your pages to google, it loves that!
Instead of Next and Previous, Pagination! (I’m using WP 3.1 and it works fine for me)
Get your google stats right on your dashboard when you login, brilliant!
Well those are my favorites, if anyone else knows of any amazing plugins, I’d love to hear!