Best WordPress Plugins for a new site..

For a site I’m finishing up right now, I went through my list of WordPress Plugins that are really nice “must haves” for a new website.  Since I  was documenting what I was recommending for the client, I figured I’d share it with you guys as well.  There are tons of great plugins out there, but these are a few that provide some great value…

Simple Trackback Validation Eliminates spam trackbacks by (1) checking if the IP address of the trackback sender is equal to the IP address of the webserver the trackback URL is referring to and (2) by retrieving the web page located at the URL used in the trackback and checking if the page contains a link to your blog.

Version 2.1 | By Michael Woehrer | Visit plugin site

(This one solved my Trackback Spam problems)

Shadowbox JS A javascript media viewer similar to Lightbox and Thickbox. Supports all types of media, not just images.

Version | By Matt Martz | Visit plugin site

(I like this particular viewer best out of the ones I’ve tried)




Redirects all feeds to a Feedburner feed

Version 1.41 | By John Watson | Visit plugin site

(Recommended for integrating feedburner)


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Display a set of manually selected related items with your posts

Version 2.4 | By Microkid | Visit plugin site

(I like that it lets you choose the posts that are ACTUALLY related!)

Twitter for WordPress Displays your public Twitter messages for all to read. Based on Pownce for WordPress by Cavemonkey50.

Version 1.9.7 | By Ricardo González | Visit plugin site

(Good basic integration.)

Ultimate Google Analytics Enable Google Analytics on your blog. Has options to also track external links, mailto links and links to downloads on your own site. Check for version updates

Version 1.6.0 | By Wilfred van der Deijl | Visit plugin site

(I like that it gives you a GA Dashboard on your WP Dashboard)




Block comment spam without captcha.

Version 0.7 | By iDope | Visit plugin site

(Simple and effective)



Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog.

Version 2.50 | By Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan | Visit plugin site

(Very nice feature)

Sociable Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.

Version 3.4.4 | By Joost de Valk | Visit plugin site

Exclude Pages from Navigation Provides a checkbox on the editing page which you can check to exclude pages from the primary navigation. IMPORTANT NOTE: This will remove the pages from any “consumer” side page listings, which may not be limited to your page navigation listings.

Version 1.51 | By Simon Wheatley | Visit plugin site

(Not useful for all site, but really nice for the more complex ones.)

Got others?  Let me know!