Recommended WordPress plugins for simple, effective and secure sites

I have been building websites with open source content management systems (CMS) since 2003. For the last three years, I have been using WordPress exclusively for this purpose. Moreover, I have converted several of my older sites to WP with simple plugins. As a former user of ArtMan, Mambo, Joomla, DruPal, and tester of many other CMS, I found that the communities supporting these CMS were subject to great change. Features were abandoned.

wordpress-logo-32-blueInitially, WordPress was just another blog program. It has been so well supported by the open source community that it is now the most flexible and feature-rich CMS available in my humble opinion.

Here I share some plugins that make life easier for the casual blogger and website builder.

Category Management

Ninja Page Categories and Tags 1.3.2. -because pages do not automatically allow categorization

Converter

WordPress Importer – import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.

Security

Are You A Human – The Are You a Human PlayThru plugin replaces obnoxious CAPTCHAs with fun, simple games. Fight spam with fun

Akismet –  protect your blog from comment and trackback spam

UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – Backup and restore: take backups locally, or backup to Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, (S)FTP, WebDAV & email, on automatic schedules.

Social Media

1-click Retweet/Share/Like – Adds Facebook Like, Facebook Share, Twitter, Google +1, LinkedIn Share, Facebook Recommendations. Allows automatic publishing of content to 20+ Social Networks in one easy step with free API key.

Advanced

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/

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