Do You Really Need All Those Plugins?

March 15, 2010BlogLeave a reply

WordPress has always been popular with webmasters due to its easy-to-access plugins and user-friendly website. To date, WordPress offers about 4,000 plugins, each with a unique functionality for your website.

However, there are a few questions that you should consider before installing any of these plugins on your website:
  1. Does the plugin require updating? (Usually, plugins don’t need to be updated.)
  2. Does the plugin require accessing external websites during the loading process? (“Related Sites” or “Share This” type of plugins usually do this.)
  3. Is the plugin author a professional with a dependable experience? Are they here to stay?

By checking against these questions, you will usually be able to tell if a plugin is an asset or a disadvantage to your website. While there are WordPress plugins that work excellently and perform irreplaceable tasks, there are also those that cause problems upon installation. For instance, have you noticed PHP errors on your website or slower website performance than usual? If so, the reason behind these problems could be the installation of too many plugins on your website.

Check the number of WordPress plugins

While most plugins are developed to improve your website, more plugins can sometimes mean more harm than help. Generally, most webmasters will install newly launched plugins due to the attractive features they tout without considering potential problems in future. A good way to gauge if you should install that new shiny plugin is by checking the number of WordPress plugins already installed on your website. If you already own a large collection of plugins, then the biggest mistake you can make is to add some more as they will probably slow down your website or even end up working against each other, producing more errors on your website.

Keep tabs of the functions plugins perform

Apart from the list of plugins installed, you should also keep a tab of the functions they perform. From the list of plugins yo own, you will surely find some that can be deactivated or even deleted from the website without sacrificing much functionality on your website. In order to help you select the most important plugins for your website, here are two most commonly found plugins that can be replaced for better website performance.

AdSense Plugins

Instead of installing a plugin to keep AdSense at work, you can actually embed the AdSense units directly in your article or other specific spots. This is easily achievable by coding the AdSense location in your template.

Google Analytics Plugins

Another unnecessary plugin used extensively in websites. Simply by opening the footer.php and adding the required code just before the end of the body tag, you can activate Google Analytics. All in just a minute, and your website now loads faster.

NOTE: Please be careful when changing your WordPress theme to ensure you embed the required codes in all the necessary areas. It is best to back up your existing theme before you commence coding and removing plugins.

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