Web Design and Development
Once a simple blog-publishing application, WordPress has now morphed into a versatile content management system, capable of running all sorts of websites. How has it done this? Plugins.
At its core, WordPress is a very simple, lightweight content management system. However, it has a robust API (application programming interface) which has easily enabled developers to create add-on pieces of code, also known as plugins, which have extended its functionality.
But the very plugins that make WordPress so great could also be ruining it.
Here are three common way that plugins may be ruining your website.
1. Plugin-Incompatibility May Be Preventing You From Upgrading
Almost every three months, it seems that WordPress releases a new version. For most of us, this is always very exciting news. New releases often have lots of additional features, improved interfaces, and increased security. But others look at new releases with dread.
For websites which are held prisoner by their plugins, new releases represent a big headache because plugins need to be thoroughly checked for compatibility before an upgrade can occur. And, if plugins are not compatible, (because many developers do not keep their plugins up-to-date,) an upgrade may not be possible.
2. Plugins May Be Slowing Down Your Website
A fresh install of WordPress is super fast. But when plugins are added, they have a tendency to slow it down.
Plugins can slow your website down because:
3. Plugins Create Many Security Vulnerabilities
The WordPress core is very secure. But plugins submitted by the community are not. And the user-submitted plugins are never scanned for security flaws.
This means that if you use a plugin created by a novice or careless developer, you might be at increased risk for a security break.
Regardless of the problems that you might encounter when using plugins, we can all agree that plugins are necessary for customization of WordPress. And there are definitely several plugins that we can’t live without: Akismet, WP-Super-Cache, Related Posts, Comment Luv, etc…
But when making decisions on which plugins to include in your website, it is important to make smart choices, such as only using plugins that are popular or developed by reputable authors. Additionally, try to keep your plugins to a minimum. Remember, the more plugins that you have, the slower your website. So don’t use a plugin to do something that you can easily achieve without one.Tags: content management system, open source, WordPress