A few changes have occurred lately for me and and my self-hosted WordPress adventure.
First of all, “WordPress SEO” (read more here) by Joost de Valk is FAR superior than than “All in One SEO“, it also does the XML sitemap and the SEO (better than all in one). In fact, the SEO is done in a better and more intuitive way with multi-step recommendations.
Can’t beat “Flagrant Disregard’s Feedburner Plugin“, you should be using this.
Must have plugins
Less plugins are good, because:
- less to update
- less to debug
- less to manage
- easier to install again on other WP sites
Installing JetPack will save you a lot of time in the future as Automattic are going to eventually be adding all the good functionality, availability and extensibility of the plugins at WordPress.com.