I currently have installed nine plugins. The experts say you should keep plugins to a minimum for performance reasons, but I consider all nine to be essential.
Here they are, in alphabetic order:
This is a simple, undemanding plugin that does what it’s supposed to do.
For those longer articles, easy to use shortcode.
I’ve recently discovered Perfect Pullquotes, which is more attractive and flexible than Graceful Pull-Quotes, so I’ll be switching over to that soon.
When changing the structure of a WordPress site, putting it in maintenance mode is a courtesy to your users.
A neat widget that can use text, images, etc as snippets to be placed anywhere on the site. I use one in the sidebar and another in the footer.
Extends the visual editor with a range of useful features, including tables, lists, text colours, videos, text alignment, and so on.
A heavyweight solution to caching. It takes up 75% of this site’s load time, but is worth it for improved overall performance. It’s compatible with CloudFlare, which is a content delivery network (CDN) I use to propagate the site to servers around the world.
This is good at keeping those pesky hackers from getting into the site. I’ve permanently blocked a number of hackers because of it. I’m using the paid version.
I’ve replaced WordPress SEO which replaced All-in-One SEO with this, because it’s more comprehensive. It’s a jungle out there and having good search engine optimisation is your only chance if you want to get noticed, even though I’m not too concerned about that.