How Many WordPress Plugins Are Too Many?

Hi! This is Topher with WinningWP In this video we're going to answer the question, how many WordPress plugins are too many? And the first thing I'm going to point out is that this is a false question, because the number of plugins itself, that number, really has no bearing on your site

You could have a million plugins if none of them did anything, and it wouldn't slow down your site at all If you have 100 plugins that increase load time by 1/100th of a second each, that's okay That's a one-second load time, and if you can get 100 plugins to load in less than a second, you're doing very well On the other hand, if you have one plugin that increases your load time by five seconds, that one is too many Five seconds is a long, long time on a page load

It really shouldn't take that long Let's take a look at a site that has a fairly high number of plugins You can see in the top right here that we have 28 items We have 28 plugins installed 27 of them are active, one is inactive, two have updates, and then we have 15 must-use plugins, which are a different kind of plugin, but they are still plugins, so in reality we have 42 plugins, but let's take a look at what's here

We're using Akismet for anti-spam We're using Analytify Pro to do some Google Analytics, and that has two add-ons itself Blog Time simply puts, right up here, what time it is where my blog is hosted I'm actually in Eastern time zone in the US, where it's five o'clock, but my blog is set to UTC time, which is in England, and it's five hours different This helps me know what time it is on my blog

I'm using Give for donations, and there are several add-ons Google Analytics for WordPress by Monsterinsights for analytics Instagram Feed, this pulls pictures from Instagram and puts them on my blog Now I'm not really doing that anymore I'm not really using Instagram anymore, and I took down that page, so really this plugin should go away, so I'll deactivate, and I'm gonna let it sit there for a little while, and if anything bad happens, I can bring it back, but if nothing bad happens in a week or so, I'll just delete it

I'm using Jetpack and Make Plus, Maps Builder Pro Now Post Promoter Pro here is inactive already, and has been for quite some time I really need to delete it It's not doing anything It's not slowing my site down, but it's also not getting updated, and so somebody could hack it, but since I'm not using it, I'll just delete it

All of these other plugins do unique things I don't have any duplicated functionality I don't have two plugins that do the same thing, and that's important If you have two plugins that do the same thing, then you don't need one of them, and you should get rid of it, and something that's key about these plugins is none of them really slow down a page load on the front end There are some people that say that Jetpack does a little bit, but it's not very much

I've done some testing, and I'm happy with that So if the number of plugins is not the key, then what is? A better question is, what plugins do I need, and are they good quality? Do you have any plugins that are disabled? I did, and I got rid of it Do you have any plugins activated, but not really in use? I did, and I got rid of that one as well, and that one was slowing down my site just a tiny, tiny fraction, not really enough to notice, but now that it's gone, even that fraction is gone Do you have any plugins that seem to make the site slow? This is a big key There are some plugins that simply take a long time to do whatever it is they're going to do

The Instagram plugin I had was actually quite speedy It did a good job of going to Instagram, and getting pictures, and bringing them back, but if it were inefficient, if it took eight or 10 seconds to go to Instagram, and get my pictures, and bring them back, that'd be a total waste Nobody would sit there for 10 seconds waiting for pictures to load on my blog That would make it a bad plugin, and I'd like to reiterate the one I had was a good plugin, I just wasn't using it, but watch for plugins that take a long time to do their job And the last one is, do you have any that could be replaced by something better? This is something you should think about every few months

Just go through your plugins and say, is this one up-to-date? Is this one not being maintained anymore? Is there something new that I could use that would do this job better, faster, smoother? These are the kinds of questions you should be looking at when considering how many plugins you have As I said, you could have hundreds if they were all efficient, and clean, and smooth, and do exactly what they need to without slowing your site down You could have 1,000 The key is whether or not any individual plugin is slowing down your site, and if it is, that one needs to go So don't worry about how many plugins you have

Don't even bother looking at the number It really doesn't matter But do a good job reviewing your plugins, make sure they're up-to-date, make sure they're working well, and make sure they're not really slowing down your site One last thing I want to leave you with is the idea that too many plugins can be a chore to maintain They may not slow down your site, they may be great plugins, no single one of them could be a problem, but if you have too many, it can take up some of your time to maintain them

This website has 27 plugins right now, and it's really not that bad to maintain I get a few updates a week But I have seen sites with hundreds of plugins, and it requires constant attention to make sure they're all up-to-date Now if you can mitigate this by using a service, or another plugin, that's great, but if you find yourself babysitting your website because you have so many plugins, you might want to consider consolidating some, or removing some that you really don't need If you'd like to learn more about WordPress, check out WinningWP


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