Choosing Plugins

Last Update: September 29, 2018

There are 56,000+ plugins available at the WordPress.org repository. That's plenty to choose from when you need more functions for your website.

So which plugins do I recommend?

Only install plugins you really need

I recommend only installing plugins that you really need. Badly coded plugins can slow a website down, allow access to hackers, or even break a website.

The best recommendation I can give you is to search at https://wordpress.org/plugins/ for the features you need. Check that the plugin is compatible with the latest version of WordPress and that it's been updated within the last few months. And that there's many thousands active installs. Reviews will give you a picture of what users think about the plugin. And the support forum will give you an insight as to what problems other users have encountered and whether the developers fix things that have been reported.

And always use a test website to try out plugins and themes before you risk installing them on your live website. And, as MKearns mentioned below, create a backup before you make any major changes to your website.

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MKearns Premium
Thanks, Marion. Backing up is indeed important for this operation!
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks, Mike. I forgot to mention that. I'll fix it now.
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CandP Premium
Thank you, Marion. We have finally got our website to the point where we are looking at ways to enhance it, but safely. As always you provide great advice.
Colette and Philip
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MarionBlack Premium
You're very welcome, C and P
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serenedreams Premium
Do i need to install Askimet, anti-spam plug in ?
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MarionBlack Premium
If your website is hosted at WA and uses Site Protect, then you shouldn't need an antispam plugin. If you're hosted elsewhere then I recommend Antispam Bee. Akismet is not free for commercial websites. (A commercial website is one that is intended to make money. So your affiliate marketing site is a commercial website.)
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dragonfly10 Premium
Good advice thank you as always you are so helpful, Marion
Sandy
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome, Sandy.
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Vickic3 Premium
Hi Marion
When you use a plugin to do a certain job, once this job is complete is it a good idea to deactivate it and carry on or will this affect what you have used it for?
Vicki
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MarionBlack Premium
That depends on what the plugin does, Vicki.

Some plugins such as Pretty Links work constantly so they need to be always active. Other plugins such as Post Type Switcher can be deactivated and even deleted once they've done their job.
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Vickic3 Premium
Phew- I'm on the right track - thank you so much :)
Vicki
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