Word press is the best content platform for bloging and general web pages, it’s easy to use and very configurable. However the configurablility can make it had to select what options to use.
After working with a few sites and trying out many themes and plugin, here’s my current list of recommended WordPress plugins:
Atahualpa – This is a very customizable theme, you can use menus to configure all the options that you would have to edit style sheets or php code on other themes. It’s well supported and best of all free.
AddThis – Social Bookmarking Widget / Button to let readers share your posts.
Advertising Manager – display and manage Ad Sense and other ads.
All in One SEO Pack – configures all the SEO items for your site and posts.
Google Analyticator – configures and reports on your traffic using Google Analytics.
Google XML Sitemaps – generates your site map and automatically submits it to Google, Yahoo, Bing, & Ask.
WPtouch – converts your site to a smartphone compatible theme automatically.
For more Recommended tools, see my Recommended Tools page