Site Health & Plug-ins
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.