I have written on plugins before, and the funny thing is, I really am uber sensitive to using plugins sparingly, as this is an easy way to "break" your site or provide a gateway to hackers. On the other hand, a solid plugin can really be a time saver and performance enhancer, so a site that is totally Plugin free may be unrealistic (or boring).

To help me with this post I reached out to my gang of professionals at Expand2Web (+1 extra friend) to get their suggestions. Here is the best of what I culled through. As we all know, the plugin waters run brisk and deep, so I am sure that I am missing some really cool stuff, please, take a moment and share your must haves in the comments!

From Thomas, developer of the SmallBiz theme:

Diana Ratliff - web designer and SEO specialist:

  • Testimonials (Rotates testimonials in a widget)
  • Viper Bar (to increase blog or newsletter subscriptions)

Julie Larson - Apps, Mobile Websites and QR Code Queen

Me, Eileen Lonergan:

Tim Tewalt - Sites that Click

Brenda Ellison - Florida Gulf Coast Guide & WordPress Specialist

  • Simply Instagram - (get your Instagram feed, followers and who is following you in a widget)

Please, let me know your favorites! Also, please let me know if you have found any "issues" with any of the above.