Plugins are must if you are a wordpress blogger. Plugins makes everything easy by just installing it. I am going to say about 5 basic plugins that you must start with your blog. These plugins are boosters for your blog to run the blog without any difficulty. That is why i always recommend my readers move to self hosted wordpress from blogspot.com or wordpress.com . There are thousands of plugins but you choose the right one having high rating and more popular one. Installing low rating or less popular one is may be coded with bugs which can reduce the blog speed or hamper your blog response.Always do some research before installing a plugin.
This plugin helps in blocking spam comments .I started my blog without this plugin but after my dashboard flooded with spam comments, then i realized the importance of Akismet. You can sign up for free through this link .
2. Yoast SEO
This plugin helps in SEO of your site . I was also socked after installing this plugin and it rocketed my site ranking. I strongly recommend this plugin for every new blogger.
3.WP Super Cache
It Cashes your files which are harmful for your site.This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
The static html files will be served to the vast majority of your users, but because a user’s details are displayed in the comment form after they leave a comment those requests are handled by the legacy caching engine.
I have been using this plugin for years and it is really impressive. What it does is compresses your images after uploading to wordpress , thus increasing the site speed. It has also one premium version which you can buy for more features.
5.Social Media Feather
WordPress Social Media Feather is a super lightweight free social media WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and painlessly add social sharing and following features to all your posts, pages and custom post types.
The plugin supports adding of social buttons for sharing or following (that is, social buttons that link to your social network profiles pages). The social media buttons can be easily and automatically be added to all your posts, pages or any other custom post types.