Choosing WordPress Plugins – 3 Things To Note

how to choose plugins

Plugins add a whole new dimension to the functionality of your WordPress blog.

However, do bear in mind that plugins are software built by third parties and to use them, you’d have to install them into your WordPress website.

And this opens up your website to possible threats.

Potential Problems A Bad Plugin Can Cause:

  • Slow down your website speed
  • Interfere with normal functions of your website – causing it to hang, fail to load and many other issues
  • Interfere and block other plugins

To avoid the above issues, always take note of these 3 checkpoints before you decide to test a new plugin:

i. Last update date / Support

Check the last update date of the plugin, especially if you are using a free plugin.

Make sure the last update was done at least 2 months ago.

updates

If you are using a paid plugin, on top of checking the last update date, also check if there are any support for the plugin.

Support can help you with any issues that you may face with the plugin.

ii. Compatibility

Over the years, WordPress has evolved and made things easier for users like us. Now we can easily check if a plugin is compatible with our version of WordPress at the ‘Add Plugins’ page.

checking plugin compatibility

If you are using plugins that are downloaded outside of WordPress (eg. some paid plugins), do check its compatibility with your WordPress version.

iii. Reviews

WordPress provides a simple 5-star system that allows you to filter plugins with a quick glance.

I would avoid any plugins that have 3 stars or lower.

If it’s a paid plugin, do search for reviews via Google. Take note that many of the reviews for paid plugins are done by people who are affiliates.

What to look out for in video reviews

Video reviews may be available for some plugins. Use these video reviews to decide if the plugin provides the functions that you required. Also take note if the plugin is user-friendly and easy to use.

Before I end the post, here’s something extra to take note of:

housekeeping

Since plugins are installed on your WordPress website, this means that your hosting server will have to support the space required by the plugin as well as the functionality of the plugin.

Thus, installing a whole bunch of useless plugins can also slow down your website.

Make sure that you do regular housekeeping and delete the plugins that you no longer use.

Written by Yen Yee

Yen Yee

An aspiring digital entrepreneur who continues to learn and find her way around in the online world.

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