WordPress is a very popular website development tool that is further enhanced by using “plugins,” add-on tools that help you manage your WordPress site more easily.
There are plugins to help you with search engine optimization, there are plugins to speed up your WordPress website, and there are plugins to help you draw attention to the content on your pages and posts.
There are plugins that make it easy for people reading your pages to print them (see below).
“There are plugins to help you with search engine optimization, there are plugins to speed up your WordPress website, there are plugins to help you draw attention to the content on your pages or posts (like this!).”
But you want to be careful using plugins.
Sometimes they conflict with WordPress, or other plugins, and can crash your website.
Sometimes they are written by developers who don’t have the appropriate expertise to be writing plugins.
Sometimes they are not updated appropriately by the author/developer and create opportunities for hackers to compromise your WordPress website.
Plugins are fine to use, and you SHOULD use them, but keep in mind these BEST PRACTICES.
- Use plugins sparingly, don’t overload your site with overhead that is unnecessary
- Use plugins that are already widely in use
- Review them in the WordPress plugin repository
- Make sure they have good ratings and plenty of them
- Look at the last updated date, it should be fairly current
- The author(s) should have multiple plugins which they have written
- Before you add a plugin to your website make sure you have a full site backup
- Keep your WordPress plugins up-to-date and use this plugin for update notifications
- If you are having trouble with your WordPress site troubleshooting usually starts with plugins (i.e. disable suspected plugins)