Just HostJust Host is an affordable, reputable provider of shared hosting accounts. Hosting accounts start at only $3.45 a month and can be purchased on a yearly or monthly basis, a convenience not offered by most other providers.
BluehostAnother hosting provider comparable to Just Host. Bluehost offers a number of the same features as Just Host but does not offer any monthly plans.
Domain Name Registrars
GoDaddyCertainly the most popular domain registrar out there, GoDaddy registers more domains than any of its competitors. Domains start at around $10 a year.
Free ThemesThe official collection of free WordPress themes. Over 1,200 to choose from.
Premium Themes at ThemeForestOne of the better providers of premium WordPress themes. Browse by price, download count, rating and more.
- NextGEN Gallery - An awesome plugin for easily managing and embedding photo galleries on your site.
- PollDaddy - One of my favorite solutions for embedding polls or surveys on a WordPress site.
- Contact Form 7 - Another one of my favorites. Allows you to easily embed web-based forms on your site.
- WPaudio MP3 Player - WPaudio converts any MP3 link into an embedded audio player.
- Google XML Sitemaps - This plugin generates a sitemap of your website. You sitemap can be sent to Google and other search engines to help them better index your site.
- WPtouch - With WPtouch installed and activated on your site, visitors browsing your site from iPhones and similar smart phones will be directed to a mobile-optimized version of your site.
- WP Super Cache - This plugin serves up cached versions of your pages to eliminate stress on your server. Essential if unexpected bursts of traffic are bringing your site down.
More Free PluginsCheck out the Extend section of the WordPress site for even more amazing plugins.
WordPress Ping List
Your WordPress site can automatically let search engines and other online services know when you've added content to your WordPress site. Add any or all of the following URLs to your ping list to notify them of any site updates. Original list by Vladimir.