WordPress plugins can add some much-needed value to your WordPress website, but they can also decrease the value of your website and stress you out while managing your WP platform.
A few good things about WordPress plugins: there are a ton, and they are very easy to install. As of now, there have been over a million WordPress plugin downloads from the official site alone. There are also many other sites that allow WordPress plugin downloads, that are not managed by the official WordPress website. As for installing a plugin, it is very easy. Here is how it works:
- Download the plugin from the directory.
- Double-check the readme file in your download directory, so that you don’t miss any special instructions.
- Upload your new plugin folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WP directory.
- Access the Plugins selection from the sidebar in WordPress to find the new plugin.
- Click “Activate,” and you’re all done.
After activation, most WordPress plugins are fairly easy to use. Of course, it depends on the plugin itself, but most are pretty straightforward.
Although WordPress plugins are great- there are a few reasons why they are not so great, too. Your website can easily become inflated with WordPress plugins, which causes a bloated website. An overabundance of plugins can cause many errors on your site.
WordPress plugins are mostly made by third parties, even the ones that are on WordPress.org. So, when you install a plugin, the giles and functionalities get added to your website, at the mercy of the developer that created them. Here, there is a potential security issue, especially if you cannot read the code.
Running and managing a WordPress website can be tricky- when should you use custom code, or just use a simple plugin for the functionality that you’re looking for? It is important to have balance: sometimes, a WordPress plugin will do the job, but sometimes custom code is highly needed. It is important to have the right people working with you. It could mean the difference between a fully functional, secure site, and one that is inflated with errors and WordPress plugins.
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