10th Sep 2019 Author: Adrian Grindley

How many WordPress plugins should you use?


There are approximately 50,000 WordPress plugins available for users to add to their website. Whether your website is for a personal blog, large business or even an eCommerce site – there are useful plugins available to help you. 

Using plugins can really enhance your website and its functionality, but if used incorrectly, they can have a negative impact on the performance of your website. In this article, we will discuss why and when you should use a plugin, and what the best practices are. 

So, what is a plugin?

A plugin is a piece of code that enables a program or application to carry out an extra function. In regards to WordPress, there is a whole range of plugins available for adding functions such as; automatic blog sharing on social media, language translations, SEO assistance and much more. 

Why does your website need some plugins?

A standard WordPress install provides the essential features that a CMS needs. This includes managing pages or blog posts, as well as media. The features probably won’t include everything you need to make your site run as you want it. Thankfully, WordPress provides developers with the tools to extend the platform – these come in the form of plugins. Plugins also help to make millions of websites completely unique. Specific plugins are designed to integrate a niche function with your WordPress site. 

Having at least a couple of plugins installed is important for the majority of WordPress sites. However, it is important to just install the ones that your website actually needs in order for it to run smoothly. 

Are you using too many plugins?

Plugins run alongside the core WordPress code. Having numerous large plugins installed and running on the site can significantly slow down the speed of your website. 

The correct number of plugins for your website is the number that you need for your site to function how you require it to. For this reason, the ‘right’ number can vary considerably depending on your site’s purpose and the functionality of the plugins themselves. A large number of these plugins can usually be built into your website’s theme, which eliminated the need for them at all. 

To protect your website’s security, you should be very careful when choosing which plugins to install on your site. Only choose plugins which have a positive rating from other users, and have regular updates released. It is also very important to keep your plugins as up to date as possible to reduce any security risks. 

You should find time to clean up your list of plugins every few months. Look out for the following:

  • Inactive plugins that haven’t been deleted
  • Outdated plugins that are no longer being updated or supported
  • Multiple plugins that overlap or duplicate functions
  • Plugins that don’t add essential functions or features to your site

Need help with maintaining your website? Contact Pop Creative here. 

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