Over the years I’ve done plenty of searches like you probably did to get here, and I’ve tried out hundreds of recommended plugins. Very few have stuck around. In fact, my list of active plugins is a mere 31. Do I use all of them all of the time? No. But I’ve grown fond of some over the years.
While the below plugins aren’t my top WordPress plugins of the year, they certainly make my short list of honorable mentions. So whether you’re just getting started, or you’ve been around for a while you should take a look before you get on with your life.