There are a handful of plugins that I install on every site I create:
- Askimet, because spam sucks.
- Antispambot, because email spam sucks, too.
- Google Analytics.
- Google XML Sitemaps, for robots.
- Editorial Calendar, for keeping track of posts
- HTML Minify, for better performance.
- Markdown on Save, because Markdown is awesome.
- Remove Header Junk, because I like clean markup.
- No Self-Pings and Remove Trackbacks, because comments are awesome but comment junk is not.
- WordPress Database Backup, because backups are a must.
- Quick Cache and Quick Cache Comment Garbage Collector, for wicked fast WordPress sites.
What are your favorites, and why?