We’re going to do some Spring Cleaning together as part of the ongoing Love On Your Blog Series, and first up, we’re going to Purge Your Plugins.
Plugins are one of the many reasons I love WordPress so much. “There’s an app for that” applies to plugins in the WordPress realm 100%. Dream it up, search the plugin repository. Chances are it’s there.
But, you have to be super selective with what plugins you choose.
When it comes to plugins, less is more. Keep in mind that every plugin you have active is slowing your site down, some a lot more than others.
As a general rule of thumb I recommend no more than 20 plugins max be active on any single site.
The more plugins you have, the greater chance of a plugin conflict causing issues for you as well.
A fun little experiment for you to do prior to purging your plugins, test your site speed using GTmetrix. Then open another tab after you’ve purged your plugins and retest your load time.
Questions to ask yourself as you scroll down the Plugins page of your dashboard:
- Does this plugin add to the user experience for my reader?
- Do I even know what this does?
- Is this necessary for my site to function?
- Do I already have another plugin that performs this function as well?
- Could I install a singular plugin that does this and a few other things in place of these?
Once you’ve deactivated, and deleted the plugins you chose to get rid of (be sure and delete them completely as inactive plugins pose a security risk), clear any cache you may have (plugin or server side), and then do a hard refresh (command+shift+r).
What plugins did you choose to keep?
Which ones did you find weren’t necessary?
Were you able to replace several plugins with one?
Let me know in the comments!