WordPress Plugins: Use Carefully

March 11, 2010BlogLeave a reply

Given the flexibility offered by WordPress plugins, it’s easy to see why web users favour WordPress as the CMS system to go for website building. Yet useful as plugins are, it is essential that we not overload our website with them. While a few plugins can work wonders for the look and functionality of our websites, there can be a problem when we install too many plugins.

When you own too many plugins, they can (1) slow down your website or (2) end up working against each other, producing errors on your website. This would mean the disrupting the smooth running of your  WordPress theme or even your entire WordPress system. This being the case, how would you know which are the best plugins to use on your WordPress-powered website?

Plugins offered by WordPress are designed for specific functions to improve the look and feel of your website. But there is no one plugin that is a best fit for every type of website. What is deemed the best plugin for one website may not work for another. As such, it is up to you to weigh and decide which plugins work best for your website.

As the number of plugins on your website grows, you sometimes find the need to deactivate some in order not to overload your system. Oftentimes, improper activation or deactivation of plugins can lead to clashes within your WordPress system. To ensure that your plugins are operating optimally in your WordPress system, you may wish to follow the tips below.

Check the WordPress Options Table

When dealing with WordPress plugins, always keep tabs on the WordPress Options Table. This table stores all types of information and links related to your plugins, including data every time you activate or deactivate a plugin in your website. Any unwanted storage of content in the table may cause your website to crash.

Activate Plugins Only after Reading Current Reviews

WordPress offers you more than 4,000 plugins for your weblog. But in order to select the best plugins, always browse the Reviews section to analyze their use in making your blog user-friendly and fast. After all, there is no point in installing a plugin that is known to be buggy.

Never Edit an Activated Plugin

WordPress offers you the ability to edit all your plugins. However, prior to editing your activated plugins, make sure that you deactivate them to avoid crashes.

Update Your Plugins to their Latest Versions

Securing your WordPress website should always be your top priority so always remember to update it and relative plugins to their latest versions.

Plugin or Spam

Content stored in the WordPress Options Table is never in the readable format. But by using the wp-options manager plugin, you are able to read content which includes images and unnecessary links left by their plugin authors.

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As long as you exercise some level of caution in the plugins you choose to install on your WordPress website and follow the tips highlighted above, your website should be relatively smooth-running. Good luck.

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