These are the 5 most important WordPress plugins that I have found to be useful on any WordPress website.
All-in-One WP Migration – this plugin can export your WordPress website, including the database, media files, plugins and theme… all without having technical know-how. Requires WordPress 3.3 and up.
Broken Link Checker – this plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found, by notifying you either via the Dashboard or by email. Requires WordPress 3.2 or higher.
Google XML Sitemaps – a very useful plugin that generates a special XML sitemap to help search engines better index your website.
All in One SEO Pack – this plugin has changed since this post was first written, and it still helps you to optimize your WordPress website for search engines (Search Engine Optimization). I do NOT recommend their Sitemap but I do recommend using their Social Meta, if your WordPress theme does not include this option.
Wordfence Security – this plugin provides users with a firewall and malware scan that is said to be built to protect WordPress. Malicious traffic is identified and block automatically.
Credit for Header: image by Florian Huber – Plug-in icon from The Noun project 2012.
If you feel there is another MUST HAVE plugin, please leave the full details of that plugin in a comment below. And Thank YOU in advance.