Vital plugins for wordpress

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From a development POV I steer clear of modifying Wordpress, but I’ve no problem with using plugins

Great tools for Wordpress Mars Edit is about top of the list, not much this can’t do.

MacJournal used to be great until they pulled out the blog post features.

Mostly though, don’t bother - it’s not worth it. Use the web-based editor and save frequently.