For all the WordPress sites I maintain, I always install the following plugins:
- BackWPup: To make full backups of my WordPress sites, and upload them to my Dropbox account. It supports a lot of other backup destinations as well. The free version is excellent, but if you like it, buy the pro version.
My typical settings are:
General: Archive Format: zip
Schedule: Start job with: WordPress Cron
Schedule: Scheduler: Type: Weekly (at eg. 02:35 in the morning – never set it to the top of the hour, because other people probably backup at that time)
To Dropbox: File deletion: 1 (because Dropbox then keeps the past month’s backups anyways)
- Avoid Google’s Cache: Because I don’t like that Google and Internet Archive make copies of my content.
I wrote it because a politician regretted something he wrote on his WordPress site.
- WP Updates Notifier: Sends you an email every time WordPress, a plugin or a theme has an update.
Let me know if you have plugins that I should add to this list.