WordPress plugins are both friend and foe. While a plugin can add a necessary function to the front or back end of a WordPress website, they first have to add value. WordPress plugins should be carefully considered on function, value, and how they impact the website’s performance.
This podcasts goes over some important issues related to plugins and WordPress.
My “Golden Rules” when it comes to plugins are”
- Use the least amount of plugins possible.
- A plugin must add a clearly defined BENEFIT to the website’s function.
- A plugin must have a history that suggests issues are resolved in a timely manner.
- Learn CSS and use the WordPress Customizer before adding a plugin to make design changes easier.
- A plugin should not need another plugin to give yo the functionality you seek.
- If a plugin is collecting and sharing data, the exact nature of that collecting and sharing of data must be disclosed.
- A plugin must have a history of responding to bugs in a timely manner.
- A plugin must be compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
- If compatible with the hosting platform, add a security plugin that tracks and notifies you of issues with themes and plugins.
- Do not be an early adopter.
The bottom line is that plugins are necessary and useful components you can add to a WordPress website, but resit
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