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How many plugins do you have on your typical WP site?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by creativepotion, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

    Jun 23, 2012
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    Just curious how many plugins do you guys have on a typical wordpress site.

    I started a thread earlier in regards to WP security, and was guided to the following thread;
    Following those steps, just to secure WP alone, I have already installed 5-6 plugins.
    And in addition to that, I usually install another typical 3-4 WP plugins which includes;

    - All in one SEO
    - W3 Cache
    - WPEasySEO
    +/- a few more depending on what I want to achieve for that site.

    So total together, I am seeing around 10-12 plugins on average for a typical WP site.
    I am starting to think this will cause some major site speed issues.

    What do you guys think about this? Thanks.
  2. annd

    annd Regular Member

    Jul 30, 2008
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    i have those as well on most of my blogs, plus wp no category base, statpress reloaded and smart links. Just instead of all in one I use HeadSpace
  3. apoorv

    apoorv Regular Member

    Aug 31, 2011
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    Many —

    - Yoast SEO
    - Sitemaps
    - SocialDaddy, or Digg Digg
    - W3Cache
    - WP Minify
    - SEO Smart Links

    These are some of the those that are there on every​ wordpress site I have; there are a few others, too.
  4. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

    Jun 23, 2012
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    How much of an impact do plugins have on site loading speed?
    Based on what you guys said, it seems like you guys have even more plugins than me on average?
  5. friedman

    friedman Registered Member

    Apr 15, 2011
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    The UFOHQ has 20 plugins
    The number of plugins can affect performance
    The most important plugins are:
    - db cache reloaded fix
    - wp supercache

    Also, make sure you consider a good host and CDN.
    I use [email protected] and [email protected]

    Go over to the UFOHQ and load some pages...It's fast enough.

    The site gets about 300,000 pageviews a month.

  6. gianty

    gianty Newbie

    Sep 6, 2012
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    IMO depends on the site, but the basics that I use are:

    Yoast SEO
    W3 Total Cache (custom configuration)
    Google site verification plugin (for webmaster tools)
    WP Smush.it
    Formidable (custom contact form)
    No comments on pages (depending on the theme)
    Ultimate TinyMCE (adds a lot of features to your visual editor)
    Limit Login Attempts
    WP DBManager

    These are usually the first ones i get.

    I also use:
    TAC (Theme Authenticity Checker - For checking if the theme contains base64 code etc)
    Tiny Thumb Vulnerability scanner - for checking thumb.php for security issues.
    I usually delete the TAC after i have scanned the theme i am using. I re-dl if i change theme.

    I use a variety of other plugins (like WPTouch Pro which i have the bought version if anyone wants a copy) depending on the site.

    Hope this helps :)
  7. skulquake

    skulquake Registered Member

    Oct 6, 2010
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    If you add anything on top of a core system it's always going to be slower, it's just the nature of WP but I normally have 5-10 per site