I know the recommended number of plugins is 5 or less.

But there are a lot of essentials that are needed e.g.:
- SEO plugin,
- social buttons plugin,
- google analytics plugin,
- pretty links plugin,
- form maker plugin,
- the ewww image optimiser, the Header/Footer plugin ...

... and there's just no more room for any other plugin; at least not without affecting my site speed (as it is, it seems very very slow already).

There are so many cool plugins I want to use to jazz up my site ... even just a couple more plugins would make me happy ...

How are people resolving this juggling act with plugins? Please share!

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YanFellow Premium
I think the plugin Q has been answered :-)

Have you checked you site's Details to see why/if it is slow? The most common cause of slowness is large images.
Ian
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CathAnon Premium
Sorry, YanFellow ... my reply to you was so long ... I turned it into a blog post:
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YanFellow Premium
I knew I should gone out... :-)

Off to your blog and will reply there,
Ian
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CathAnon Premium
:)
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smartketeer Premium
Is not a numbers question Cath

The point: you should use as few as possible. BUT, you can have 50 GOOD, professionally coded "lightweight" plugins without affecting negatively your site performance, and you can have 5 plugins that could slow down or even crash your site. What matters is the QUALITY of your plugins.

Also, the reason why WordPress allows you to deactivate plugins instead of directly deleting them is because sometimes you may just want to switch off a plugin temporarily.

If you plan to use that plugin soon, and you fear that deleting the plugin will delete its settings, then you should keep it.

Otherwise, there is really no point in keeping the inactive plugins installed on your website. In fact, they can be quite problematic at times.
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CathAnon Premium
is there a way to spot a quality plugin? How can I tell if it's a lightweight plugin?

It's possible a couple of my plugins are not playing nice with each other.

I'm also thinking of switching from AllInOneSEO to Yoast ... i just fear getting a whole new set of headaches
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smartketeer Premium
Well, the number of downloads and installs is an important information when you are choosing a new plugin.

The frequency of the available updates is also important. A plugin which hasn't been updated in a year probably isn't a good choice.

Lastly, is highly recommended to read the customer reviews on the download page.

Regarding the size: downloed it and the smaller is the file the better ...
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CathAnon Premium
Thank you ... I will vet my plugins and use your points to check against.
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smartketeer Premium
You're welcome!
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Vickic3 Premium
I always deactivate the ones I'm not using and activate when needed as this helps
Vicki
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CathAnon Premium
yea same here ... still doesn't seem to help with my site speed though :( ...
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Vickic3 Premium
Have you checked site plus to see if you are on accelerated or normal speed?
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CathAnon Premium
Yes, I'm on Extreme! (choices were Accelerated or Extreme)
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