Sixty plugins? What!?! Yes, I have heard some people say they use nearly sixty plugins for their website. And you know what – their site is slow!
Do you really need that many plugins?
A lot of self-hosted WordPress users are plugin happy for many reasons. Some include:
- This plugin does this, but this other plugin does that, so I use both.
- The plugin seems cool.
- I am not sure how to implement code snippets to my theme’s functions.php file to avoid using a plugin
What you do not know is that the plugins that use database resources can hurt you. Most webhosts allocate 25 processes per hour on data usage. If you are using more, your site might be down – unless you have your own dedicated server.
Some of these plugins, even though they seem really convenient are not needed. Some, you can turn off and turn on only when you need them. So, if you are wondering how to speed up your site, here are a few questions to consider when finally putting your site on a plugin diet:
- Do you REALLY need it?
- Is there a better plugin that does all of it? (You need to carefully look for alternative suggestions)
- If given clear directions, can you copy and paste a simple code snippet into your functions.php of your theme to replace the use of a plugin?
- Can you replace the use of a plugin by some other means? (example: HTML, CSS. PHP)
- AGAIN: Do you REALLY need it?
Of course, if you are not sure, you can always ask. Some people might charge a little (there may be some in the WordPress Support Forum that might do it for free), but it is worth it to know what you should do with your site, rather than find out your website is down because your shared hosting account went over its allotment for data resources.
What other tips might you have for someone looking to go on a plugin diet?