My new theme recommends a "Catch Web Tools" plug in for Webmaster Tools. When I look at the plug in it has 5 stars and 10k active installations. But it hasn't been updated in 7 months. Any suggestions? Or concerns?

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davehayes Premium
I agree with Martin in the main, but would say not to pay too much attention to the no of reviews. People, me included, often go back weeks later and review a product, having used it for a while.
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lesabre Premium
Thanks for sharing, wish I could give you a better answer
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FKelso Premium
Good questions and good answers. We all learn.
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dragonfly10 Premium Plus
Abedragon has your answer, follow his lead.
Sandy
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Abledragon Premium
Hi there,

It may have a 5 star review but there are only 3 reviews - not great.

If you only want it for Webmaster Tools (which has been called Google Search Console for a long time now) then you'd be better off installing the GSC code using one of the methods they (Google) offers.

The All-in-One SEO plugin, that WA installs by default, has a field for entering the GSC code.

Cheers,

Martin.
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Jenna11 Premium
Thank you for answering, Martin! Didn't really get it, but the time will come I will understand :-)
Aloha, Jenna
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Abledragon Premium
Hi Jenna,

My first point was that the 5 star rating came from each of 3 people - and only 3 people had offered reviews. With those kinds of statistics my antennae immediately go up - I assume (without any proof either way) they were probably 3 people who either worked with, or were friends of, the developer.

My second point is that to prevent code creep on our websites we need to be really careful about the plugins we install.

Poorly coded plugins and themes are among the biggest drags on page load speed (second only to hosting).

Importantly, it's not the number of plugins that we should be watching out for, but the *quality* of the plugins.

I haven't analysed that particular plugin, but from what I read about it I would not imagine that its quality of coding is all that high.

And since inserting the Google Search Console tag is easily done without a plugin that is definitely what I would recommend.

Cheers,

Martin.
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keishalina Premium
...that's well-considered, sage advice.... thanks kindly for sharing.. all the best, cheerio... ⭐️
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Jenna11 Premium
Thank you very much, Martin for this awesome explanation! I understood more now. However, there is a lot to learn for me!

Aloha, Jenna
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ExpatMark Premium
Love that sentence Jenna about "not getting it, but the time will come when I understand". I have had that same thought a hundred times as a newbie to this online world. lol
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ExpatMark Premium
Thanks Martin, kinda thought the same thing when I saw the 3 reviews. Everything is relative. Thanks for your verification.
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ExpatMark Premium
Thanks Martin. Ask Google for the GSC code. Gotcha.
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Abledragon Premium
When you register a site with GSC you are offered 4 ways to insert the tag.

The All-in-One SEO plugin, that WA installs by default, has a field into which you just need to paste the tag that is displayed on the verification page.

No need for additional plugins.

Cheers,

Martin.
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ExpatMark Premium
Thanks Martin. 2 am here, so that is first on my list after a nap.
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