I'm looking at finding out what plugins others install most of the time on a fresh WordPress install; the plugins that add value to pretty much any website that is running WordPress.

My list of commonly installed plugins on a fresh WP install, in no particular order:

Please answer with your commonly used installed plugins on a fresh WP install.


These are my common plugins that I always install on all my blogs:

  • Akismet - Fighting with spam. I use only this plugin and it does the job very well
  • Auto Post Thumbnail - I'm lazy with setting the featured image. This plugin will auto take the 1st image in post content and set it as the featured image.
  • Contact Form 7 - Very powerful and easy to customize contact plugin.
  • SEO Smart Links - Do some cool SEO things for links and images
  • Smart Archives Reloaded - It's designed for archive page, but we can also use it for sitemap page
  • Yoast SEO Plugin - I used AIO SEO Plugin before, but I decided to switch to Yoast's plugin as it has good feature of recommendation while editing posts.
  • W3 Total Cache - it's the best cache plugin for me, it does some jobs in optimization, also
  • Widget Logic - Instead of hard code into theme files, I use this for controlling my widgets
  • WP-Optimize - Do some optimizations such as: delete spams, post revisions, optimize tables
  • WP-PostViews - For simple stats like popular posts. It's lightweight, works with cache, and has nice widget
  • WPtouch - I found this's the best plugin for mobile
  • Add From Server - allows you to upload files using FTP and then add them to galleries in wordpress
  • BackupWordpress - I have had problems with backing up certain parts of the site, but still use this as it's the simplest. Getting better over time.
  • Exclude Pages from Navigation - no explanation needed.
  • Invisible Defender - this is a great anti-spam plugin, unfortunately it is discontinued but still works (perhaps someone wants to take the baton on this one?)
  • WP Google Fonts - mandatory
  • WP Maintenance Mode - could never get the countdown clock working though :(

* Written by me.


edit:forgot Google XML Sitemaps

  • A privately developed XML Sitemap and image XML Sitemap plugin
  • Regenerate Thumbnails
  • A somewhat modified version of Simple Local Avatars
  • WP Smush.it

If dealing with clients that have a support contract for updates and care I always use these plugins on a fresh install:

  • WordPress File Monitor Plus - Written by me, monitors your WP install for file changes
  • Update Notifier - I'm in the process of writing a better version, but send email alerts when WP core, themes and plugins have available updates.

EDIT: I've finished making a better Update Notifier

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