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Updated by Tico Tina on Jan 21, 2015
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Must Have WordPress Plugins

This is an ongoing WordPress plugin list, updated as new and better discoveries are made =)

Source: http://www.ticoandtina.com/must-have-wordpress-plugins/

Social Crowd

The Social Crowd Plugin grabs the latest counts of your Friends/Fans/Followers etc from your Favorite Social Networks and then displays them on your Blog. The counts that are reported come raw and without styling, so you can make them look and feel like your website.

Top Commentators Widget

Reward your top commenters with a link in your sidebar! Very easy to customize.

Editorial Calendar

Did you remember to write a post for next Tuesday? What about the Tuesday after that? WordPress doesn't make it easy to see when your posts are scheduled. The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. Make a plan and be awesome!

WP Super Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

Basically, my nerdy husband says you need this.

TwitterLink Comments
Let commentors link to their Twitter. Increases incentive to comment as well as engagement by making it super simple for you to follow them.
Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

This plugin will add a client side generated checkbox to your comment form asking users to confirm that they are not a spammer. It is a lot less trouble to click a box than it is to enter a captcha and because the box is generated via client side javascript that bots cannot see, it should stop 99% of all automated spam bots.

Comment Reply Notification

Emails the commenter when someone replies to their comment - whether you or someone else. This allows the users to follow up the comment and expand the conversation if desired - directly on your blog.

This plugin hasn't been updated recently, and while it still works to my knowledge, I'm definitely on the lookout for a better option.

CommentLuv

Retrieves a commentor's latest blog posts which they can choose to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit. Increases community involvement.