If you read BlogAid regularly, you know how helpful the Tips Tuesday posts are. I’ve been collecting a list of all the plugins I use and recommend on those posts, plus all of the plugins that my clients are using that work well. Here are the top 55 WordPress plugins of 2011 arranged by category. If there is more than one of the same type, my fave is at the top.
One of the best things about WordPress is all of the wonderful, free plugins that make site ownership easier and extend the functionality of your site. Unfortunately, too many site owners install plugins based solely on benefits without really knowing how to set them up, or inadvertently causing a conflict with a plugin they already have. Here are tips on plugins that will help you get just the right ones and avoid site performance issues.
After your new WordPress site installed and your theme activated, you’ll want to immediately add these essential plugins to help protect your site from hackers and make it easy for your readers to share your posts and pages with their friends.
If your site uses images as a selling point or you want to protect certain files, such as PDFs for non-general consumption, now you have an easy way to upload them to specific folders and increase your SEO in the process.