I have recently started installing a base set of plugins whenever I create a new WordPress powered website. These are the extra tools that lift WordPress from a humble blogging tool to a fully fledged content management system.
Here are just a few of my favorites:
Delete Pending Comments – a great time saver.
Display Widgets – allowing you to turn on and off individual widgets on a page by page basis.
Fast Secure Contact Form – essential communication plugin with inbuilt captcha codes.
Google Analyticator – because data is everything.
Image Widget – a simple widget that uses native WordPress upload to add image widgets to your site.
Share and Follow – easy to use social media tools.
WP-Polls – an AJAX poll system widget.
WP Columnize – for multiple columns within posts