Word Press Plug-in Dilemma

Last Update: June 02, 2015

Hello All:

I wanted to blog about something that I have been struggling with and would love to get other people's opinions.

There are so many plug-ins to choose from and so many of them are vital and some are really nice to have, but not vital. As you know, our Site Health will be affected by how many plug-ins we have. Our site performance will be adversely affected by the number of plug-ins we have. If our site takes too long to load due to the number of "vital" and "really nice but not vital" plug-ins, our visitors will leave and we will lose potential traffic.

I have looked over both of my websites I have created thus far and I have what I consider to be important and vital or at least "almost vital" plug-ins, but that still comes to about 7 or so plug-ins.

According to our Site Health, we should be keeping the number of our plug-ins to around five or less. How can we do that and still maintain a decent website that does everything we want it to do?

In the WA Bootcamp training that I am progressing through, I installed the recommended plug-in called Pretty Link which takes our ugly long affiliate links and shortens them, making them neat and tidy, but that adds to the number of plug-ins I already had.

Next, I created two new posts yesterday to my WA Bootcamp website and submitted it to the discussion feedback area and got a helpful reply from another WA member who had a great suggestion to "protect" my content. That is where you can "protect" your content from being copied and pasted and used on someone else's site...basically, someone could commit plagiarism using your content. There is a plug-in called Wordpress Protection Lite which prevents that from happening. A helpful WA member strongly urged me to install this particular plug-in which I thought sounded like a great idea and it is.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/robert-a/blog/prot...

But, here is my dilemma: How does one balance between having necessary plug-ins verse having a "healthy" performing site?

I would love any comments, suggestions, discussion, etc. you have to offer.

Steph

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DIVICAN Premium
I should be equally happy to know this.
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stephhill Premium
I am glad I could ask a question being asked by many others.
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DIVICAN Premium
Good
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you for opening this discussion. Will be watching for some response.
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome Sami!
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ChrisGooden Premium
If you want to know the effect use Google "speed test" https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
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stephhill Premium
Thank you Chris for the link to testing your site speed on Google. I will definitely use this when I add a few more plug-ins to include the one mentioned in this blog to protect my content. Although Louie had a good point - if people want to copy my content, they will find a way.
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profitsrgood Premium
Does having many plug-ins cause a problem? Not to my knowledge. Plug ins can be a problem when they cause a security weakness or become outdated with new Wordpress upgrades.
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mjdimarco Premium
I have been wondering exactly the same thing. Thanks for starting this post.
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome Michael.
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