WordPress is great and fits the bill for most people out of the box. However, there are plugins available which take WordPress to the next level in terms of publishing. Here are 12 of my favorite.
WP AJAX Edit Comments – Allows users and admins to edit comments on a post inline using AJAX.
WP Comment Remix – Adds much needed comment functionality to WordPress such as the ability to reply to comments already made. Also has the ability to display a Quote link which allows users to easily quote each other when making a comment. Also provides functionality where you can reply to comments from the administration panel.
YACTP – Yet Another Comment Threading Plugin allows visitors to reply to existed comments and present them in a threaded fashion to make following multiple conversations easier.
All in One SEO Pack – Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
WP Super Cache – WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. It generates html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly.
Popularity Contest – Keeps a count of your post, category and archive views, comments, trackbacks, etc. and uses them to determine which of your posts are most popular.
Custom Query String – set the number of posts (custom queries) for every single page on your website like categories, archives, or search results pages.
KB Advanced RSS Widget – A WordPress widget that gives you complete control over how RSS feeds are parsed for your sidebar.
Share This – Lets your visitors add your post to various social bookmarking sites, or send a link via e-mail to a friend.
Vipers Video Quicktags – This plugin provides buttons to the visual editor which make it easy to embed videos from a myriad of different services. No more copy and paste of embedding code!.
AskApache Google 404 – Adds Intelligent SEO Ajax-powered Google Search to 404 pages
WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page.
If you have a favorite plugin that you install on with every new WordPress installation, let me know about it in the comments.