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Google and other search engines, love WordPress Blogs

 

Specifically they love the Self Hosted WordPress blogs, because they are usually found to have quality content on them, Google loves Quality Content

 

The search engines also love quick loading WordPress Sites and one of the factors in whether your site loads slow or quickly is determined by the number of plugins you have

 

 

 

When it comes to installing plugins and if you are very new to WordPress, then you are advised to keep the number of Plugins to 5, or Lower

 

The reason for this, as you may discover, if you haven’t already, is that its very easy to install every plugin known to man

 

What you have to bear in mind is this. Your Blog is Your online office, much the same as if you were to open up an office in your local town. You find you need different bits of furniture to make your office run smoothly

 

Plugins are your online furniture

 

 

You need different plugins at different times

 

The important thing to remember here is that as long as they are

 

Compatible with your WordPress Theme.

 

Relevant

 

Updated when it was last updated

 

Downloads The number of downloads it has had

 

Strategic ( needed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If all those criteria get met, then generally speaking you should have no problem at all

 

Certainly you will find yourself going over 5!

 

Four Major Areas To Looks For When Deciding To Add A Plugin To Your Website.

 

Does it

 

load lots of scripts, styles, or other assets?

 

add extra database queries to each page?

 

perform complex operations?

 

perform remote requests, like to external APIs?

 

Plugins, are great because they add features and functionality to your site, so that no matter what theme you install, the functionality of the site remains the same

 

How many time have you added a plugin only to find that the functionality of your site, is not as free flowing as it was before hand

 

So, ultimately, this impacts on Site Speed and causes you frustration

 

 

Yes… You can relate to that!!!

 

Plugins also impact on performance, especially, they have to perform external requests to make your theme run smoothly

 

Perhaps the most common issue with a plugin is this one

 

Not Compatible with Your Version Of WordPress

 

Picture this…

 

You are recommended to use a plugin, because it works for Joe

 

So you go search for that plugin, in your admin area, forgetting to check if its compatible with your version of WordPress, then your site promptly starts misbehaving like a misbehaving Pet!!

 

So ultimately, when it comes to plugins and people say too many plugins will make your site run slower, this is not strictly right or true

 

As long as they are Relevant, Scalable, Strategic and Compatible, then you should be alright

 

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