Everyone has their own style when it comes to essential wordpress plug-ins. And although it’s subjective and entirely dependent on your site purpose and blogging style, everyone seems to consider their list definitive.
Well mine’s not definitive, but it’s pretty fucking good. With dozens of WP installs under my jockstrap, I’ve learned to separate the yolks from the whites.
For improved admin usability without bloat:
WP Best Tree By Rafael Marques
Category hierarchy on the back end. So obvious it should be built into WP.
Show Current Template by JOTAKI Taisuke
For theme modifications, this comes in handy.
WP All Import Pro By Soflyy
If your content comes from anywhere but your fingers.
Using custom post types?
Post Types Column Editor by Pippin Williamson
Custom Post Type UI by WebDevStudios.com
Advanced Custom Fields by Elliot Condon
External Permalinks Redux
By Erick Hitter & Oomph, Inc.