Why You Should Not Always Use WordPress Plugins to Solve Your Problems [CC]

– With tens of thousands of WordPress plugins out there, it's so easy for any of us to find a plugin to fix a problem All you have to do is go to the repository, you search, you find, you install, you activate, and, boom, your problem is most likely going to be solved

So easy, but, there's also another thing you should think about, because you shouldn't always think about installing plugins to fix your problem, because it can, actually, add to the existing problems that you have So, in this video, I want to talk about why you shouldn't always use plugins to fix your problems, and what you should also consider, on top of using the traditional WordPress plugins, as well What's up, everyone? I am Ahmed Khalifa, and, in this video, let's talk about WordPress plugins, the awesome features that we all love and use for our WordPress site It's so, so cool, it makes our job easier, and, instead of having to find someone to, kind of, create a product or a plugin for you, you can just find it, yourself, which can be cheaper, as well So, let's just thank all the developers, out there, for creating the, literally, tens of thousands of plugins, out there

However, let's stop and think about it, as well, because you shouldn't always use plugins to fix it, because plugins can also cause problems on your site The more plugins that you have on your site, the more problems, or the more likely a problem will occur So, I wanna talk about the four things that could happen if you keep installing plugins on your site Number one, it's all about the bugs that it can create, and it can create, kind of, issues we just saw, already If the plugin does not really go well with the website, or, maybe, it's clashing with something else on your site, it might create some kind of bugs, and it might make certain features not work

So, if you think about it, if you install the plugin to fix one problem, it might, actually, cause a different kind of problems So, you're, kind of, damned if you do, damned if you don't But, it's all about finding that balance, and whether you need it, or not So, just make sure that whatever you install is going to work perfectly on your site Number two, it's about compatibility with existing plugins and themes

It's kind of similar to the first point I made But, there's so many times where people think that if you keep adding plugins, it might, actually, clash with each other, and it, also, again, it will cause things to break, it might not work with your themes, it's just the way it works, because every single developer who create plugins will have their own way of fixing the thing And, if you have one developer doing it this way, another doing it this way, this person might update it all the time, and keep it strong and stable, and secured, and the other one hasn't updated it that much, maybe, or, maybe, it's just a different style, completely, that doesn't work with this plugin Then, you're gonna have issues with compatibility, and that applies to the theme, as well You never know, the theme that you have might not like the plugins that you have installed

So, make sure that there's no compatibility issues when you install the WordPress plugins And, you may have noticed, I've just touched upon the security issue in point two, because, number three is about security You need to make sure that each plugins are maintained, updated, and just looked after by the creative, by the developers, out there, who are building it and maintaining it, and updating it, because, if that doesn't happen, then you're gonna have a chance to, kind of, create loopholes on your site, which will cause a security issue, someone can hack into your site, it could, maybe, inject some kind of malware, you never know what might happen And, that could all be because you have installed so many different plugins, and, maybe, a few of 'em are just not secure, or, maybe, a few of 'em, again, will clash with each other, and it will just cause a security issue with your site And, we all know we don't want that to happen, because it kinda sucks if that happens

So, don't make this mistake by adding too many plugins, which makes your website not secure, at all And then, number four is very obvious, it's about performance, because, obviously, the more plugins you add on top of each other, the more resources it requires for your site to load as quickly as possible But, that's gonna be a lot of pressure on the site, on your host, it's just not gonna work as well as you want it to And, that's expected You can't expect to have so many different plugins and expect your site to work as fast as you have always expected to, because it will create more resources, it will create more code on your site, and that's gonna slow down your site, eventually

So, that is one thing you really need to think about, the more you add plugins, and, just make aware of that It might, actually, cause problems with your performance of your site So, if we have these four problems, then what can we do? What other options do we have, on top of looking for plugins? Because, just so you're aware, I'm not saying don't use plugins, just think about the options that you have, and I'm gonna list the five different options that you can think about using to, maybe, help you fix the problem that you have on your site It's not always plugins Number one, you need to think about is, whatever you're gonna install on your site, do you think it's going to be a one-off situation, or will it be a regular thing? Because, if it's a one-off, then the next few points I'll mention is probably something that you should consider, because, maybe, it's not worth having a plugin for that one thing, and you're never gonna use it again

So, think about that before you install any plugins How often are you gonna use it, do you think it's going to be useful for you for many days, weeks, months, maybe years, ahead, as well? Number two, to try to find a non-plugin solution first For every time you have a problem on your site, try to find a non-plugin solution, because, again, of all these things I've mentioned, compatibility, security, performance Is it worth having' it? And, sometime, if you look for a non-plugin solution, you might, actually, find something that will fix the problem so quickly, and that's it, you're done And, even though I said non-plugin solution, you're thinking what would that be? Well, the next couple of points, again, will show you a few examples of what you could do instead of installing plugins all the time

Which bring me to number three Try to find tools, out there, that could fix your problem, and you don't really need to install the plugins And, there are so many tools, out there, in the World Wide Web that people have created, and you just go to the website and you either download the software, or you can do it, right there, on the website, to fix a problem that you're having An example would be if you want to compress your images, there are so many website, out there, that does that For example, TinyPNG and Kraken, they both can optimise and compress your images so that it's not bloated, it's not heavy for your site

Of course, there are also plugins that can do that, but, maybe, you can think of it, is it worth having that, do you need it, do you need to use it regularly, or, maybe, just enough to have those external tools, and that does the job for you? Number four is to try, maybe, think about getting a developer to fix the problem for you, and I'm not talking about to get them to create a product, or create a plugin, but it might just be that that developer might just make a few tweaks in the code, or, maybe, add just a line of code, and that will fix the problem for you You just never know, and, if that's something that you're not able to do, then there are plenty of resources, out there, where you can find high-quality, reputable, developers, out there My favourite one is called Codeable Codeable, they are very strict about who works for them, and will help you with your site They go through strict interviews and make sure that every single WordPress developer has that high standard that we all demand and expect

Now, of course, there are also all these other websites that have freelancers on there, and they're totally fine if you can think that they're good for you But, Codeable is what I recommend, and they might be able to help you, a person there, just make a few tweaks, and that solve your problem, no plugins installed, no tool that you need, job done And then, number five, maybe it's not a solution, but it's a reminder that you always need to be aware after If you are not using the plugin, if you don't need it, make sure you not only deactivate it, on your site, but you also uninstall it, as well People get confused that if you deactivate it, then it's going to have a lesser burden on your site, maybe it's less resources required, it should be OK, and you keep it there, on your dashboard

But, it's, actually, not true Even if you have it installed on the dashboard, but not activated, it's still takin' up resources on your site So, whatever you do, if you have any plugins that you're not using frequently, you're not using it at all, not only you need to deactivate it, but, also, uninstall it, as well So, there you have it, these are the reasons why you should not always think about using plugins to solve your problems, and what other options should you think about, as well, and, also, solutions to the problem that you're having So, let me know what you think about that, is that going to help you? And, let me know, as well, I'm, kind of, curious, what do you do if you have a problem with your site? Do you go to the full plugins, do you look for freelancers or developers, do you leave it, do you note it, do you find a solution in any other way that I have not mentioned? I'm curious, let me know in the comment section, below

I'm really, really interested to know what you think about it, as well And, of course, don't forget about, as always, to make sure you click the Subscribe button, down below, thank you, very much, for watching Keep on watching, next time, and, as I always say, to keep doing your thing, because it matters, and I'll speak to you next time, take care

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