As a CMS, WordPress undoubtedly is one of the best available platforms in the web world. Apart from the convenience, ease, and free availability, it has one more interesting add-on that grabs all the attention and accolades. We are here talking about the plugins. WordPress with its growing popularity has made all the necessary upgrades. In lieu to same they, today have plugins for almost everything. While some of them are paid, many are still free to use. But does this means that we can simply download each of them and feel like a master?
The answer here from my end would be a no. Despite the fact that plugins provide you ease in operations and also help you resolve numerous tough tasks, remember; ‘excess to even good is also bad’.
It has been seen that developers (both fresher and experienced) usually have this question in mind, as to how many plugins they should have. The answer to this is quite easy; only those should be used which are useful.
However, for the day, our discussion isn’t upon which plugins are to be used and which you must not, but we need to know about the results that will follow due to bloating your WordPress website with lots of plugins. Let us have a look at the points narrating importance of not flooding your website with lots of plugins:
- You can avoid website crash: Let us accept the fact that anyone from this planet can create a plugin for WordPress (yes until the time he knows how to). Being an open source project WordPress has kept these rights open for all. Now there might come a day when someone knowingly/unknowingly can share a poorly coded plugin, and yes a fascinating thing; free of cost. I hope this clears the related threats.
- The bond they share: Always remember not every plugin is compatible with each other. You might face a moment where two or more plugins do not share a perfect bond and hence can give rise to speed issues or even website failure. So before you plan to have everything and anything available out there, make sure you remember this point.
- The performance factor: For any developer, one of the major concerns is the page-speed. Adding extra (also unnecessary) plugins can keep you away from this. The reason being, plugins are basically set of codes, thus by adding more plugins you are just adding more codes, which will eventually slow down the speed of your pages.
- Security: If you do not use more and more plugins to your WordPress website, you’ll keep the page secured. For every developer, security should be and is indeed a major concern. By adding more plugins to your WordPress website, you can indirectly amalgamate the risk of getting hacked. You need to keep things limited and focus on quality, not quantity.
- A reliable website: In previous points, I have talked about poor code quality and other factors like slow update releases, poor support system, etc. By avoiding the flood of plugins you can actually have a website that you can rely upon.
I presume that after going through these you might be having the question in mind; which plugins you should have for your WordPress website?
The answer to this is pretty easy, have a close look at the requirement you have. However, there are few plugins that you need to have for your website. You may find the same list of must has plugins for your WordPress website in another article.
Before I sign off, the only thing I would like to mention is that have a close look at your requirement and needs. The kind of website you are planning, the traffic you are expecting and yes the unavoidable inclusion, SEO. Have something to take your data backup, something that keeps a check on spam, something for images and videos and there you are with a WordPress website that will run as smooth and safe as you expected it to be.
Jason is a WordPress expert, associated with WordSuccor Ltd. and has a lot of experience in converting PSD to Responsive WordPress Website. He has delivered numerous range of quality products related to this. He has a strong passion for writing useful and insights about WordPress tips and tricks.