In many ways, plugins are a killer feature for using WordPress. They can add nearly any imaginable functionality to WordPress – from eCommerce to social networking to dancing unicorns. But what are the truly must-have WordPress plugins?
There’s a balance. Since the most popular and needed features get added to core WordPress, WordPress already comes with tons of functionality out of the box.
And as a general rule of thumb, the fewer plugins you have, the better. Plugins add a lot of overhead to your installation and can be a drag on performance. Always try to use WordPress’ core features or manually add snippets to the functions.php file instead of adding yet another plugin. This is why any post that has more than 6 “essential” plugins isn’t really helping things.
That said, there are 6 must-have plugins for WordPress that provide functionality that nearly every website that wants to grow traffic will need in some form or fashion.[Continue Reading]