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How many Wordpress Plugins is TOO many?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SJC00, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. SJC00

    SJC00 Newbie

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    A simple question I guess - trying to finding the balance where your plugins are providing your site with more good then bad... How many Wordpress Plugins do you have installed? and have you found the more 'recommended' plugins you have activated to be not necessarily better?

    I have a fair few plugins installed - some that came bundled with my theme (AVADA) which are required by the theme, but then the other 'essentials' too, for Antispam, SEO, Cache, Adsense, Contact forms and so on.
    At the moment I have over 10 of them activated and am beginning to wonder. So my questions is simple - has anyone found too many plugins can do damage?
     
  2. peter020

    peter020 Registered Member

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    For one of my authority sites I have 20 installed and yes i need them all.
    Theme specific plugins, buddypress with anti spam plugins, review and rating options, contact form cache etc etc.

    To speed things up I use CDN Cloudflare and WP Total cache. With lots of tweaking I got A,B status in gtmetrix.

    So, no still damage with 20 plugins installed.
     
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  3. ghackseo

    ghackseo Regular Member

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    No exact number OP. It all boils down to your site speed, as that is the only negative effect a crap load of plugins will have. Install what you want and then see how it affects your speed, if your site is too bulky then remove some plugins.
     
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  4. BeSocial

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    Use only those you need. And don't use multiple plugins for the same task, just choose the best.
     
  5. SEO20

    SEO20 Elite Member

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    What kind of damage?
    Primary concern would be performance and fucked up/cluttered markup/js.

    The count alone says nothing about nothing.
     
  6. zimmerseo

    zimmerseo Newbie

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    It;s really got nothing to do with the amount of plugins. There are several kinds of plugins. Some request information every time a page is loaded and some request information occasionally to achieve a particular task.

    The worst plugins performing are the ones that look for information from external servers and not your own, because sometimes these are slow to respond and your page stops loading until they get the data.

    If a plugin is slow but vital, configure your site so it loads at the very end. My advice is only use plugins that are regularly updated by the author and test your plugins with p3-profiler.
     
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  7. bcslbrands

    bcslbrands Junior Member

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    Yea what ZimmerSEO said. It really depends more on what you are running and not how many you are running.
     
  8. andreaklarin

    andreaklarin Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Hello,

    There should not be more plugins.
    Accordingly there are more than 21000 plugins in wordpress Respositary.
    But all cannot be used because they can lead to
    1) Website may Slow down.
    2) All plugins are not Secure.
    3) They may not available forever.
    4) there may conflict between Different plugins.

    Thus more plugins can cause these different types of problem.

    Good Luck!
     
  9. soccerlover

    soccerlover Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I'd request you to please use the plugins which you required.
    De-activate is not the right method :)
     
  10. THUNDERELVI

    THUNDERELVI Elite Member

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    I use 5-10 plugins max. If you have a bit of knowledge in PHP, you can avoid installing lots of plugins by just changing a few lines of code.
     
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