WordPress Plugin Round-Up, Volume 1

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WordPress users: Want to up the quality of your blog/website? We looked around and found a bunch of plugins that can help take your site from mediocre to marvelous in no time. Here’s the first installment, where we’ll look at plugins to help with optimization, security, design, media, and e-commerce.

Did we miss any big ones? Give us a shout in the comments and shower us with your plugin wisdom. Watch for part two later this week!

OPTIMIZATION/CACHING

WordPress Caching Plugins
Read this awesome article from WP Tuts for a quick, thorough explanation of caching (for the n00b), a few strategies, and some plugins to get you going.

SECURITY

Akismet
“Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.”

SI Captcha
“Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all. In order to post comments or register, users will have to type in the code shown on the image. This prevents spam from automated bots. Adds security. Works great with Akismet. Also is fully WP, WPMU, and BuddyPress compatible.”

SITE BACKUP

WP-DB Manager
Optimizes, repairs, backs up and restores your database, and much more. Also supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of databases.

BackUpWordPress
“BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files once every day.”

MEDIA

WordPress Video
“A filter for WordPress that allows easy video embedding of supported sites. Support for 65 different video sites.”

Easing Slider
“The Easing Slider comes with various options that allow you to choose different sources to get the images from and also multiple styling options so that you”ll never have to edit any files directly & with ease.”

NextGen Gallery
“NextGEN Gallery is a fully integrated image gallery plugin for WordPress with dozens of options and features.”

SEO

All In One SEO Pack
A WordPress SEO plugin that automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines.

WordPress SEO by Yoast
“Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.”

Google XML Sitemaps
“This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.”