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Flare is by far the sexiest social sharing plugin and it’s total share tally feature is particularly awesome.
- Disqus Comment System
If you’re not using DISQUS for your WordPress site’s comments you’re pretty far behind. DISQUS makes commenting super easy and elegant, as well as provides additional exposure and advertising revenue opportunities (if wanted).
- My Shortcodes
My Shortcodes makes managing your own shortcodes super easy and does so in a beautiful, user-friendly interface.
- Juiz Last Tweet Widget
This is the sexiest Twitter feed widget out-of-the-box that I’ve come across.
- Social Count Plus
This is the most comprehensive social tally widget there is and it’s default design options aren’t too shabby.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast
This is an absolute must for any WordPress website, no question.
- Better WP Security
Why not making it harder for people to hack your site? It runs on WordPress…enough said.
- Contact Form 7
This plugin remains the most flexible, powerful and reliable contact form framework of them all!
- WordPress Popular Posts
Why wouldn’t you promote your most popular content? It’s clearly what everyone wants, so make them aware of it!
- Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget)
This plugin allows you to easily make any widget sticky, so when you scroll past it, it then sticks in the window.
- Simple Feed Stats
This plugin is a great replacement for Feedburner. Rather than paying for a new third-party service you can simply just track your subscriber stats on your standard WordPress feed locations.
- WordPress Backup to Dropbox
Use Dropbox? Why not automatically backup your WordPress site to it for safe keeping?
- Custom Login
Tired of the lame default WordPress login page? Easily customize it for a more personalized look and feel.
- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
Keep your readers engaged by automatically recommending related posts.
- WP Smush.it
The Yahoo! Smush.it service may be very unreliable, but when its functioning this plugin makes life really easy when it comes to optimizing your website images.
- SEO Smart Links
Easily cross-link your blog posts with keyword based automation for enhanced SEO and cross-promotion benefits.
- WP Super Cache
This plugin may come with a less user-friendly and less sexy interface than W3 Total Cache, but it does what it’s designed to do better (loads websites faster), so I remain a loyal advocate.
- Broken Link Checker
You don’t want your visitors clicking on broken links, so scan for them automatically and address them ongoing for a better user experience.
- PHP Code Widget
Okay this one’s not very exciting, but why not make your widgets more flexible? This one comes in handy more often than you’d think it would.
- Blog Icons by Yoast
This plugin makes it very easy to set your website’s public favicon, admin favicon, iOS web clip icon, iOS boot image & feed image.