Do You Really Need That WordPress Plugin? Maybe You Dont
I`m sure you`ve read somewhere "must-have plugin for WordPress" The best page builder,the best image optimizer, and who knows what.
But before you rush to upload, please ask yourself,
- Do you really need that plugin?
- In case things go wrong, what can you do?
- Will it really improve things?
- What`s really in it for you now that was not there before you found it?
- Can you do without it?
If the answer is all yes
Before you do anything else, please backup your site.
I did something that I USED TO DO WHEN I GOT STARTED and it`s cost me dearly. And I`m angry at myself because it`s not even the first time.
You older guys might remember easy Azon(I'm sure it`s still out there, just not as popular), back then when it was the must-have, I installed it, and what happened? my site disappeared I could not even go to my admin area, the space was blank(plugin clash) that was a headache as it took me maybe a week to figure out it was the plugin.
Fast forward, I got AAWP and at the same time decided to move to Elementor.I do most of my online stuff late at night(when I wake up on time)So I installed Elementor, installed AAWP, and some other plugins with only half my brain active. Sure these can`t be a problem, they are paid plugins. So for whatever reason, I did not even backup my sites but Installed all 3 plugins on my 3 sites.
What A Serious Mistake
When my site started having issues, I thought, it might be just a tiny problem I can solve soon enough. My work online is very slow recently, sometimes weeks go by before I do anything on my site.
By the time I accepted the problem is beyond my know-how, it was way too late: Months had gone by so even WA support could not help, they did not have a recent backup for my sites.
I`m left with 3 messed-up websites, rankings are gone, a 1000+ word will appear as a 1 paragraph word, Htags, bold text everything is a single paragraph. Google Console not ranking any post. Even old posts that were permanently on page one for over 3 years are now found on page 10!!! No one finds you on page 3 of Google but I`m mostly on page 10.
Very lucky for me, I found someone here at WA who can help me straighten things, I was not comfortable inviting some freelance from who knows where to my site because my sites are also hosted here. It`s not as simple as removing the plugin and everything works perfectly again, the plugins seriously messed up my site and loads have to be done.
This is a slow painful process trying to bring things back to normal, it will take me time.
Please Think Before Installing the Next Plugin, Don`t Be Me
I know/hope I`m not the only one who`s done something so foolish, please next time you want that must-have plugin, be prepared as things may go terribly wrong. Ask yourself if you really need that plugin.
Things were so bad I thought of starting a new site altogether and abandoning the problematic ones.The only positive to come out of all these? It made me find someone here who`s brilliant at what he does, so next time I mess things up, I don`t have to wait months, I know who to contact. And, I`m getting a better site like I always wanted.