Once you have found the best wordpress hosting, enrich your wordpress experience with some great free plugins !
2 great SEO Plugins for wordpress – You can get more visitors from the same content just by getting your on site SEO right. All In One SEO Pack will give you control over your title, description and keyword metatags. SEO Smart Links will let you specify words on your blog that you want to use to link to certain posts so you automatically get a good internal link structure.
Broken Link Checker will let you know about any broken links on your site and let you edit / remove them from the dashboard.
Easy Contact enables you to easily insert a contact form on posts or pages. You can customise the contact form / spam question / reply and more.
Google XML Sitemaps will build you an xml sitemap and sent it to Google, Yahoo, Bing et al. Includes various options to configure the sitemap to your liking.
Redirection will enable you to set up 301 redirects from old URLs. Particuarl useful if, for example you migrate your site from blogger to self hosted wordpress. Also includes a useful log of 404 errors.
Shockingly Simple Favicon – easily add a favicon to your site.
Askimet – stops spam. You need to get an API key from wordpress.com but that’s not as daunting as it sounds.
WP Super Cache – Helps your site load faster.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – Help your readers find more of your content by displaying related posts at the bottom of your posts. Highly configurable.