What Friedrich Nietzsche Can Teach You About Using WordPress Plugins

What Friedrich Nietzsche Can Teach You About Using WordPress Plugins

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  1. Thanks for this article, Jerod. I’m a huge fan of WordPress, and have been guilty of getting carried away with plugins. These were solid tips and great reminders.

  2. Visiting the plugin author’s website is the one that always amazes me – when someone goes to the effort of developing and sharing a plugin and then doesn’t even have an operational website, you’ve got to wonder – yet, I have come across this quite a few times and once I took a chance, but quickly learnt my lesson. I fully agree with Jerod’s 4 bullet points around how to spot a shaky plugin – I am not so sure how reliable the ratings are though as it seems to me that even if a plugin has hardly even been used, reviewed or commented on, it can also have a good rating. Perhaps shaky developers launch a plugin and rate it themselves?

  3. The biggest thing I see with plugins and users is they search for one that will seem to fit the job without doing some due diligence and ensuring its updated and from a reputable source. If it doesn’t work they just move on to the next leaving it activated and opening your blog to potential danger.

  4. Excellent article and love the way you analyzed it at the beginning.

    Plugins are such a great way to go if you are looking to accomplish certain goals faster.

    Thanks again!

  5. I’ve got a handful of plugins on my site, which I’ve generally installed on a ‘something exceptionally useful’ basis, all fairly well researched, but now this article has got me wanting more. WordPress is such a vast and expansive beast, you could keep customising it for the rest of time…

  6. With plugins as with much else in life… Less is almost always more. Good thoughts here Jared.

    Genesis is a great Framework. Love building sites on Genesis.

    All the best

    Hanley

  7. Excellent points here, Jared. I install plugins on my site based strictly on recommendations from people that I trust. I agree that is super important to check out reviews and if possible, support information. If you have issues with that plugin on your blog, you want to make sure that you have someone to contact to so you can can resolve it πŸ˜‰

    Also good practice is to keep the installed plugins to a minimum, and delete the ones you don’t use (not just deactivate). Lots of plugins can slow down your site and they can be a nightmare to maintain.

  8. Great copy. Except I don’t think you want to be using a plugin to which the answer to “Do the reviews mention anything about decreased performance or security holes?” is Yes…

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