Hello, fellow members, please help if you can.

I have just had a look at my SiteHealth details for one of my websites. I have a 0% score in the area of plugins. I want to do something about it. I was thinking one way of doing it is to get rid of all plugins that I installed ages ago that are no longer useful.

I have had this zero score for quite some time now and all along I have been ignoring it while working on other areas.

By looking at it closely, what is the point of having the state of the art tools here at WA like SiteHealth, if we do not take advantage of them by using them? So, it means I have to solve this issue of plugins.

I am not an expert in the website technical side of things and have been wary of the way I handle plugins.

My Question Is: Is deactivating plugins enough or I need to completely get rid of them? If so, I want to avoid errors that may cause my website to crash.



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judebanks Premium
Yeah, use it or lose it...lol. Inactive plugins, especially if not updated, can be an invitation for hackers to find a back door to your site. ~Jude
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Jewelia Premium
That's a good question, and I wish Kyle and Carson would answer it. As a former software developer, I'd say that deactivated plugins should NOT affect the site's health as they should not be loaded with the pages. In my view, SiteHealth is making an error here.

~ Julia
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judebanks Premium
I agree speed is not an issue with deactivated plugins. But it is a security concern because they are executable files that can be hacked.

As a security precaution, delete inactive plugins that you do not intend to use.

This will not improve the health score if the plugins that are in use load too many scripts and styles, if they add extra queries or make too many requests to remote servers. Those factors can indeed slow down server response time.

It is usually more about the quality of the plugins than the quantity.

~Jude
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ZEGU Premium
Thank you very much, Jude, for sparing your time to drop me a reply. A security issue is quite serious. The plugins I deactivated have been there for a while. Thanks again for your help.
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ZEGU Premium
Thank you very much, Julia, for putting all your business aside to give me a respond. I appreciate. I hope Kyle will pick this up and give us his own opinion.
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SusieQiw Premium
certainly, you should deactivate AND delete plugins that you aren't using as there is no point to keep them. why do you not want to delete?

the plugins score is there of a reminder for one aspect of site speed.... you can check your google page speed also within the sitehealth area so you can check whether deactivating vs deactivating and deleting makes more difference.
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ZEGU Premium
Thank you very much, Susie, for taking your time to leave me a response.

I will certainly delete them, now that I know. I was worried about making errors. So, wanted to know how to go about it - deleting them. I deactivated some plugins but with no effect on the score.
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drjec Premium
I look forward to seeing the answer to this question. I used the "Clear Widget" button to get rid of those that are inactive, because I read somewhere that its best to delete deactivated plugins.
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ZEGU Premium
Thank you so much, Drjec, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer my question.

I was not 100% sure if I had to delete the plugins completely or just deactivate them. I remember deactivating some of them but with no effect on the 0% score.
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