If there is one subject about websites that arises more than any other, it must be about plugins. I’m not talking about any old plugins if such exist. It’s WordPress plugins that raise lengthy discussions. If you are working with WordPress it is almost certain you will eventually ask the question of how many WordPress plugins are too many.
I do not have statistics to justify saying the subject of WordPress plugins is greater than any other subject, website related. It’s just a feeling.
I’m sure others must get a similar feeling at times when they hear or read, constant discussions about the value or necessity of a certain object or piece of data. The thing is that one minute plugins are bad for a WordPress website because they will cause a slow site speed. Someone else doesn’t agree with that statement. Plugins are great. There is a plugin for every need or requirement, it is said!
That may be so. I still argue why use a plugin unnecessarily?
Keeping Track of the WordPress Dashboard
A while back I took a good long look at my WordPress dashboard, particularly at the plugins.
I couldn’t believe I had plugins installed that I didn’t recognize. What were they for. What was the purpose of each plugin?
This discovery was in a seven-year-old website. Obviously, over the years I had installed various plugins because I thought they would do a good job.
This leads me to the question of:
Are All Plugins Upgraded By the Creator of the Plugin?
I can tell you – No, not all plugins are upgraded. Some are never upgraded.
Recently, Google Analytics results of one of my websites was NIL. It didn’t matter how hard I tried or how many changes I made with my website, I couldn’t get results.
I had installed the verification code in the site header, as I do with all my websites. The analytics for the other sites work fine, but not so for my recent site.
In desperation, I went to the dashboard and examined the installed plugins. There I found an activated plugin which was supposed to do the job of producing results in Google analytics. Immediately I deactivated and deleted the plugin. The next day, there appearing in Google analytics were the results of site activity the previous day.
I wouldn’t hold it against anyone who might question why that ill-functioning plugin was installed when I always insert verification code in the header.
Necessity of House Keeping Maintenance
It is essential to have a housekeeping maintenance plan for a website. It may be possible with owning just one website to be not so fastidious about keeping track of every little item. But, with multiple websites, a good and solid housekeeping plan is essential. Plugins frequently require updating and the only way to notice that is when doing a checkup in the site’s dashboard.
The more plugins on a website, the greater the risk of vulnerable security. Not so when plugins are frequently updated, but definitely a fact with plugins requiring updates.
Adequate WordPress Plugins on a Website
The plugins listed below are those on one of my websites. They are adequate for now. There may be a need for additional plugins later and that will be dealt with if required.
- Yoast SEO
- Category Sticky Post
- Contact Form 7
- Pretty Links
- Social Media
- WordPress Protection Lite
- WP Database Backup
What Are Your Thoughts About the Use of WordPress Plugins?
I would be interested to read your thoughts about the use of WordPress plugins on your website, and how they benefit your site.
Do you freely add plugins to your website, or are you discreet about adding WordPress plugins?
Do you test your site speed when adding or deleting a plugin?
Site speed is a major factor in the success of a website. Therefore it makes sense to do whatever is possible to achieve a good result when testing site speed. Site speed has great influence over the justification of installing non-essential plugins.
Final Thoughts on the Subject of WordPress Plugins
This post is intended to raise discussion about using plugins in WordPress.
There is no intention to say what is correct or not correct in terms of using WordPress plugins.
For instance, if there is a plugin that will improve site speed then I am very interested to learn about it.
It is a fact that there are many influences on the speed of a website. Many of those influences are out of our control. But those we can deal with, I certainly will do so with my websites.
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