One of the most helpful sessions of WordCamp UK was the WOW Plugins 2011 presentation with Michael Kimb Jones.
Plugins can help a website work incredibly smoothly and can even speed up your site by automating processes. Knowing about the best plugins is essential to making your life easier and your site more impressive. Here are our top 10 plugins mentioned by Michael at WordCamp UK:
1. Gravity Form Builder - Quickly build and design your WordPress forms using the form editor. Select your fields, configure your options, and easily embed forms on your WordPress powered site using the built in tools.
2. bbPress - Plain and simple forum software, easy to use, easy to administrate, fast and clean. Underneath the simplicity are some powerful features which are highly customizable.
3. Disqus – DISQUS is a comments platform that helps you build an active community from your website’s audience. It has awesome features, powerful tools, and it’s easy to install.
4. WordPress SEO - WordPress SEO incorporates everything from a snippet preview that helps you optimize your page titles, meta descriptions and keywords to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.
5. WP Super Cache - WP-Cache is an extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make you site much faster and responsive.
6. Market press - A complete WordPress ecommerce plugin – works perfectly with BuddyPress and WP Multisite too to create a social marketplace, where you can take a percentage!
7. Jetpack - Jetpack supercharges your self‑hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.
8. CMS Tree Page View - Adds a tree of all your pages or custom posts. Use drag & drop to reorder your pages, and edit, view, add, and search your pages.
9. CollabPress - An all in one project and task management plugin for WordPress. Transforming a standard WP installation into a full featured project management application.
10. Front-end Editor - Edit content inline, without going to the admin area. Simple.