If WordPress Plugins Were Alcoholic How Drunk Would Your Site Be?
When I step into the liquor store, I get excited. I’m like a kid in a candy store. Now I do not see walking into the liquor store as an opportunity to get really really drunk. I see it as window shopping. I have a set ‘booze budget’ and I have list of alcoholic beverages that I really enjoy. If I were to break out the credit card and buy every single bottle that I thought would be enjoyable passing my lips, two major things would happen:
- My credit card would be maxed
- I would have a severe hangover
We have heard this a bazillion times before: Everything is good in moderation. Most people do not head into a liquor store and purchase everything in site as we know the consequences. The same thing should apply to your WordPress plugins.
Many times when I log into someone’s WordPress site, the first thing I notice is the obscene amount of plugins that are installed. Its insane. Quite often there will be from 2-10 plugins installed that do the same thing. It’s like going to the liquor store in looking for a bottle of rum and walking out with a bottle of Sailor Jerry’s, Bacardi, Captain Morgans, and Brugal. They all have their unique flavour and style, but essentially they all accomplish the same thing.As with your plugins, you do not need 5 different social media sharing plugins, or 3 different related post plugins. Pick the one that fits your taste, install it and use it. If you see something better that comes along do some research, test a bit and install if you find it that it works better than your original plugin (and deactivate/delete the old plugin).
Every plugin that you have activated on your site will have to load every time someone visits your website. The more plugins you have running the longer it takes for the site to load. This will lead to people becoming impatient with the load time and leaving your website.
If you decide to go plugin shopping keep a few things in mind:
- Will this plugin help accomplish my website goals?
- Do I have a plugin that does this already?
- Is there a better way to achieve what I am trying to do?
Also having multiple plugins that do the same thing can lead to confusing your visitors. If they want to share your content on Facebook, but there is 9 wasy to do it things get a little confusing. Have you ever been to someone house and you want to turn on the TV, only to find 4 remotes sitting on the coffee table?
Next time you decide to go plugin crazy think about how it affects the loading time and user interaction.