10 or fewer plugins in my WordPress Blog

Why I prefer to use 10 or fewer WordPress Plugins

Plugins in WordPress give you the power to add functionality and features to your site without having to write a single line of code but there some 50000 plugins and adding just 20 or more makes your site heavy and slow. I’m not telling to stop using but reduce and make the best of them using some simple practices

What is the purpose of your Website ?

It’s a simple answer yet makes a lot of sense. For example, this is my blog to share what I learn and experiment, with a primary purpose to read, write, and deliver articles. Or if it’s a company website we need a welcoming design and impressive User Interface because customers/visitors should remember and like the quality of it.

4 very important plugins you can’t neglect

  1. SEO
  2. Design
  3. Security
  4. Cache/Optimization

We can talk about those all day but if just four of these plugins are enough, but then Why do we bloat our site with so many, and what’s the advantage of carefully choosing to have fewer plugins? Let me explain

  • More plugins = More requests = Slow website
  • Old plugins = Security threat
  • Many = Expensive = Difficult to manage

So, how to choose plugins and solve this probelm

I follow these set of rules and principles before considering to add any plugin

1. Too Much Visual Magic is Distracting

When a user visits my site to read something and I just need to make sure they get what they need in an easy, simple, and presentable manner. I add design and UI to make things look cool / better not to confuse the reader or distract him.

Just make sure you’re able to deliver what your users/visitors came looking for, Look at most visited blogs like Medium, or Google most of them are very minimalistic and easy to read blogs with very less fancy stuff.

What if you’re an agency or a company which really needs a beautiful and attractive website. As far as I can tell, HTML and CSS will do a lot of wonders and a visual editor plugin should be more than enough.

Design and User Experience determines the quality of your website, buying a high priced theme or a plugin will not make things better just like that.

2. One WordPress Plugin = Ten WordPress Plugins

Sounds confusing right?

WordPress not only has a large user base but now it has a tonne of new developers too, In the beginning, I was worried that I had to add a plugin for every small widget and feature but later realized that there are some new plugins that have many features/blocks/widgets such that they replace ten other plugins and some even have the option to turn off features which we don’t prefer to use.

3. Does this plugin add real value ?

Now it’s all about the user, isn’t it ?

Always has been

Above I have summoned a meme, let’s get back to work now.

There are some small features that users need like social sharing etc. Now, these plugins may be small with a limited number of features however a single share of your article will add so much value. Hence think twice of the value before installing a plugin.

4. Sometimes it’s just one line of code

I have experience both with Programming and WordPress this gave a huge advantage to know what is actually happening under the hood and write my own code most of the time.

But if you’re new to programming and WordPress ?

A simple google search might help, but be specific and preferably try to add HTML, CSS codes only, and some javascript or PHP. And watch for external requests too i.e code bringing images or resources from outside is not recommended.

Conclusion

I have used and seen WordPress websites running on a lot of plugins well and good, if it’s a case of a new site or a very slow website following these guidelines should solve most of the problems. What do you say?

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