WordPress plugins provide additional functionality for you and your site visitors. There are an incredible amount of plugins available – most of which are free. Login to the backend (Administrator page) of your site and from the left side click on Plugins and Add New -> use the Search function and enter keywords.
Below is a list of plugins that I use here on the QuickBooks for Contractors blog:
AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget – Help your visitor promote your site! The AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget allows any visitor to bookmark your site easily with many popular services. Sign up for an AddThis.com account to see how your visitors are sharing your content–which services they’re using for sharing, which content is shared the most, and more. It’s all free–even the pretty charts and graphs.
Akismet – Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key. Akismet will detect comments detected as spam – but you’ll still need to manually delete them.
All in One SEO Pack – Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
Broken Link Checker – Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
Delete-Revision – Delete revision post from Database,let us now to drop Redundancy, lose weight!
Fast Secure Contact Form – Fast Secure Contact Form for WordPress. The contact form lets your visitors send you a quick E-mail message. Super customizable with a multi-form feature, optional extra fields, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent. Includes CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block all common spammer tactics. Spam is no longer a problem.
Google Analytics for WordPress – This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics to your WordPress blog, adding lots of features, eg. custom variables and automatic clickout and download tracking.
Share and Follow – A simple plugin to manage sharing and following. We’ve just made it so that you can have icons sets delivered via our CDN -ultra~fast~stuff
WordPress.com Stats – Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key.
WordPress Automatic Upgrade – WordPress Automatic Upgrade allows a user to automatically upgrade the wordpress installation to the latest one provided by wordpress.org using the 5 steps provided in the wordpress upgrade instructions.
WordPress Database Backup – On-demand backup of your WordPress database.
WordPress Related Posts – Generate a related posts list via tags of WordPress.
These are my favorite plugins, what are yours?