Too Many Plugins?
I've been paying a little bit of attention to the little bar that tells me how the health of my website is doing. You know the one WA shows you when you sign into your website.
According to that bar, the health of my website would be much improved if I just had fewer plugins.
I know that plugins Supposidly make the website load slower and therefore can affect rankings if there are too many of them.
The problem I have is that I barely have any plugins. I have 5 plugins.......
-all in one SEO
-a contact form (which is simple and takes no time to load)
-a photo gallery
Those are all simple and effective plugins and I can't really do without them. Not only that but I still don't have social media buttons because I'm trying not to add and more plugins.
So do plugins really have such a negative effect on rankings? How many plugins is too many ? Is the WA site health bar just over sensitive?
I also notice that most of the big websites out there have a ton of plugins and take longer to load but they're still ranking #1.
Any clarity to this would be appreciated.