Site Health & Plug-ins

Last Update: January 14, 2017

First of all. I want to state that this is simply my opinion. I believe that out 'site health' gets too much of a deduction for each plug-in over the cound of two. I mean first of all we have teh SEO plug-in tha I thought with going through the training was a 'must have' plug-in, or one like it. Then there is Akismet, to help protect you against spam in your comment section. I currently have this deactivated, because at this point it is not needed.

My theme had me install four plug-ins, so now my site health is '0'!

I have experimented around a little and you can have 3 plug-ins and you are at 90%, then just one or two more and you are at 0 again.

Why do these wiegh so heavily on our site health? What if I wanted to put in Woo Commerce? Or a Gallery? Or anything to optimize my site?

It feels like being punished for trying to grow your site. I understand we can do without these, and if you were talented enough you could just code these things in yourself. I am trying to learn how to use Elementor's drag and drop feature--not 'quite' as easy as they show, because I can't get anything (like images) to line up side-by-side without making the entire page have 5 columns. Sorry, got off track there.

Anyway Elementor, suggests 2 plug-ins, and there we are back to '0'.

I have tested my site speed with all of the plug-ins that I could want, and my page speed is very fast. I know it says we are being deducted because it slows down our site.

So the way I see it--again just my opinion--is the only people that are going to get all of these sections in your site health green, is if you are a programmer and can get by with just two maybe three plug-ins.

Right now it is not a real big problem for me, my sites are too new and underdeveloped for it to matter, but it is also one of the few things I can control on my site health sections, because I can't make Google 'trust' me, and I can't force people to leave comments, when I have no visitors. (the site I get the most traffic on is one of my least developed, so go figure).

I know this sounds like a really negative post, but it honestly isn't meant to be, I just think my site health is getting punished if I want it to look nice, or be optimized.

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Taresa Premium
I was just looking at my site health and I am getting banged for that too....yet the plug-ins I am using have all been necessary and now I am going to attempt to use woo-commerce and looks like I will never get passed 0% for the plug-ins. Can someone with WA comment on this please?
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MozMary Premium
I find it more helpful to look at my site speed when I add a plugin to see how it affects the total load...
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drjec Premium
This is so true. I have plugins that I feel are absolutely necessary and yet it affects site health negatively.
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paulgoodwin Premium
I agree 100% and I think that the plug in is WAY out of date because things have changed so much in the past year even!

Now this is only a WA internal thing and does not affect your website own any way with visitors so do not worry - one of my friends uses 11 plugins!!!
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KerriM Premium
My site health is in the green and my google trust right now is 10%- hoping for 20% any day now. Hop onto the Site Comments and Site Feedback to exchange with other members. It's possible to be in the green and have a lot of plugins- I have more than 5 and my site speed is still good.
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paulgoodwin Premium
I now use 7 and speed is great BUT it was the 7th that made my site quicker!!!
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kasage00 Premium
it says to not have more than 5, but with what is needed for our sites these days, it's hard to keep it under 5.

I would think current plugins are lighter-weight so it will not have much of an impact on our site speed.
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paulgoodwin Premium
Yes 5 is way way way out of date
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