I just ran the auto-upgrade for this blog to bring it to 2.8.  This is the first time I have ever used the built-in auto-upgrade.  Most of my sites and clients’ sites are hosted on Dreamhost so I have always used their one-click installers which have been awesome.  Then WordPress came out with the built-in upgrader which makes it even easier.  Well it worked perfectly.  It’s as easy as upgrading your modules.

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I maintain several WordPress installations and always use most of the same plugins.  I can’t ever remember which ones I need to install when I setup a new one, so this is mainly a reference for myself.  I use some different ones here and there, but these are the main ones I use.

  • Akismet
  • Google Analytics for WordPress
  • Lucia’s Linky Love
  • OpenID
  • Optimal Title
  • Post-Plugin Library
  • reCAPTCHA
  • ShareThis
  • Similar Posts
  • Subscribe To Comments
  • WordPress Database Backup
  • WP Super Cache
  • wp-cache

I would provide links to all these but as of  WP 2.7 you can just search for them by title right from within your admin panel.

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