Could you post a list of recommended plugins?
My list of must-haves is:
nice to have:
views bulk operations
vertical tabs - just a nice UI improvement
context - this is really cool and lets you customize block placement across your site based on various conditions
This is not a complete list of modules that I use, but I think this is a good representation of modules I think highly of and recommend for lots of different use cases.
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