Through the years of working with WordPress I have settled into a pretty efficient method of posting content. When I first started blogging I was using Windows Live Writer as my text editor which is really outstanding and Free. You can't beat that. It worked great but the problem was there were times when the uploading process would not work smoothly and when I bought an IMac I realized there was not a version of Live Writer for a Mac. That was a bummer.
I have a few blogs I write for on a regular basis and many times I will start a blog post and then want to save the draft and come back to it later to finish it. Depending on where I was and what computer I was on I wanted to be able to access the blog post and continue with the completion of the content. It became apparent that I needed to start creating the posts on the WordPress editor so I could access the draft from wherever I was, regardless of whether I was on a Mac or a PC.
The problem was the default editor you get with WordPress is very limited so I went on a plug in search to see if I could find something to improve the test editor. What I found was an exceptional tool called CK Editor. It turns the WordPress editor into a much more powerful set of tools that allows you a large variety of editing tools. I highly recommend adding this plug-in immediately and experimenting with the tool box and creating your content from the dashboard.
Another plug-in I highly recommend is the Ozh Admin drop down plug-in. The reason I recommend this is because I hate the navigation of the wordpress dashboard as it comes in default. This slick little plug-in puts the navigation across the top bar and makes it much easier to use.
Both of these plugins are part of the first wave of plugins I load immediately when I first set up a new WordPress site.
Please share any feedback or insight you may have about what plugins you activate initially upon setup.