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Before Installing A WordPress Plugin

Before installing a WordPress Plugin

Welcome to the “Plugin’s world”!
If you decided to install WordPress and still chose a theme, probably you are now facing the “plugin world”. And maybe you just discovered this helpful but scary world.
Finding or downloading a plugin is an easy job.
In the WordPress dashboard you can simply go to the Plugin space, write a keyword and plenty of plugin names will appear on your screen. Which one should you use? Which one is the best for your website?

The infographic below from Migrationtowordpress can help to find a right way to start.

WordPress Plugin Install

According to IvyCat there are five important points to consider before installing a plugin.

Plugins Can Increase the Page Load Time
Page load speed is a very important factor. According to KISSMetrics, almost 50% of web users expect webpages to load within two seconds. If it still hasn’t loaded after three seconds, they often abandon the website. If the plugin you want to use hasn’t been coded well or takes up too much space on the server, it will certainly increase the page load time.

Plugins Can (sometimes) Contain Malicious Code
WordPress.org’s team reviews every plugin before making it available for download, but you can also easily find WordPress plugins on independent sites. Downloading plugins from most sites other than WordPress.org can represent a risk. Before downloading a plugin, check the creator of the plugin and the site upon which it is hosted.

Outdated Plugins Can Throw the Site Into Maintenance Mode
Outdated plugins that are no longer compatible with the latest WordPress updates can throw the site into an internal server error. On the right-hand sidebar of the WordPress.org download page for any plugin, there should be a box that tells you whether or not the plugin in question has been tested with the latest version of WordPress.

For Every Function, There Are a lot of Different Plugins
As you probably noticed, there are a lot of different social sharing plugins, search engine optimisation plugins and contact form plugins. This means there isn’t a “best” plugin. So it is good to test a few plugins before deciding on the one to install on the blog.

Ask Yourself if you Can Do Without This Plugin
If your blog doesn’t really need a plugin, then simply don’t install it. If you don’t use one of your plugins, it shouldn’t be in your website. So if you don’t use it, delete it. In the web world every saved kilobyte counts.

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