We all know WordPress is an open-source platform and as a result there are many great plug-ins out there, ranging from site security to additional functionality. It’s easy to install them all and call it a day – but how many is too many, and what it means to your website?
Crashing issues & conflict errors
The more plug-ins you install, the greater the chance of things going wrong. Some plug-ins tend to not play well with one another plugin or the theme, and others can cause crashes and general unreliability. With so many plugins in the WordPress repository, it’s impossible for developers to compatibility test them all. The more you install, the greater this risk is exacerbated.
For best practice, try not to install more than one caching plug-in at a time. Sometimes it seems like a good idea to get two plugins that do the same thing – perhaps one offers minification and the other does caching well, so you run them together. It sounds good in practice but in reality, it is going to cause you a headache.
It’s best to find one plugin that does the job for caching and another for optimizing various aspects of the site. Some good choices would be a combination of Autooptimize and your favourite caching plugin (making sure to turn off any additional features for merging and minification as auto-optimize will handle this part for you).
With those HTTP requests comes increasing usage of server resources and depending on the specs of your plan, this could cause slowdown, crashing or worse. Visitors won’t be able to browse your website if it happens to crash. While caching can often help with this, it’s better to avoid the problem entirely by only installing what you really need.
Plug-ins also need to be kept up to date, otherwise, they may fall victim to recently disclosed vulnerabilities and security holes that leave your site open to attack.
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