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    Question How Many WordPress Plug-ins is Too Many?

    On one of my WordPress sites I use twenty four plug-ins. Some people think I'm crazy and say they only use a maximum of between five and seven.

    I've never had any bad experiences due to using so many but must confess that I only use quality, mostly premium plug-ins and a good hosting service provider. I'm a firm believer in the saying "Penny wise, pound foolish".

    So if you are not sure of how many plug-ins your WordPress site can cope with then you may find this article rather interesting: http://www.wpbeginner.com/opinion/ho...-on-your-site/

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    Why do you need so many plugins?
    Off the top of my head I have anywhere from 8-12 installed. This is what I have...

    SEO plugin
    table plugin
    contact form plugin
    photo gallery plugin
    social media plugins (2)
    spam blocker
    post ratings
    cache
    hooks editor

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    @rak, I don't see Jetpack on there. I thought that Jetpack was one of the most important plugins? Do you feel that your sites get optimal speed without it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rak View Post
    Why do you need so many plugins?
    Off the top of my head I have anywhere from 8-12 installed. This is what I have...

    SEO plugin
    table plugin
    contact form plugin
    photo gallery plugin
    social media plugins (2)
    spam blocker
    post ratings
    cache
    hooks editor
    I use the following plug-ins on one of my sites:

    1. BackupBuddy
    2. Banner Rotator
    3. Contact Form7
    4. Flytonic Call to Action
    5. GD Press Tools
    6. Google Analytics
    7. In Post Ads
    8. Login Image
    9. Maintenance Mode
    10. Pay With a Like
    11. Really Simple CAPTCHA
    12. Redirecton
    13. Simple Url's
    14. TablePress
    15. Ultimate Facebook
    16. Woo Dojo
    17. Woo Sidebars
    18. Wordfence Security
    19. WordPress SEO
    20. Visual Composer
    21. WPMU Dev Dashboard
    22. WP to Twitter

    Sorry, only twenty two plug-ins.

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    I dont think there are any problem due to number of plugins. Because i manage also a business blog and using about 15 plugins there like for contact, for seo, for approval comment or post, for ping, for spam etc etc. And my site is working fine.

    I want to check one more plugins as suggested by @edgarf76 jetpack, right now i dont know about it but seems like it will increase speed of website pages in browsing. Will check it at free time once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgarf76 View Post
    @rak, I don't see Jetpack on there. I thought that Jetpack was one of the most important plugins? Do you feel that your sites get optimal speed without it?
    From memory Jetpack is great for blog stats?

    It has a bunch of other features - but I went another route and used other plugins.

    With the stats - I use Google Analytics there - for the reason that it shows outbound links clicked, and downloads.
    From memory I think you can also check GA to see page views down to a per page level.

    My reasoning was, that long term wise, I want to be able to use one stats interface for all my traffic reporting.

    There's nothing wrong in using Jetpack, just comes down to what you're more comfy with.

    Why do you use Jetpack? May have to consider looking into it again...

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    I am using it to increase the speed. The stats are something I like however I can go to GA. There are some other things it is helpful with such as editing CSS. Overall I am using it to increase my sites performance.

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    Jetpack is great for a number of reasons , it has great Contact form facility , allows Social sharing easily and automatically , mobile site etc.There ar a lot of features. I am not so sure about the speeding up of the website part when adding Jetpack. It significantly slows sites down rather than speeding it up. Perhaps I am missing something though , how does Jetpack speed a site up ? I am of the opinion that you need as many Plug ins as you need. Just make sure they are quality plug ins as bad ones can cause a lot of work.

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    How Many WordPress Plug-ins is Too Many?
    Any single one plugin that is not necessary to run the site is one too many.

    Plugins add to the overhead.

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    I have no idea how it speeds a site up, I read it somewhere. I do not remember the source it was a while ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    Any single one plugin that is not necessary to run the site is one too many.

    Plugins add to the overhead.

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    Any extra line of code that is not necessary to run the site is one line too many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixian View Post
    I use the following plug-ins on one of my sites:

    1. BackupBuddy
    2. Banner Rotator
    3. Contact Form7
    4. Flytonic Call to Action
    5. GD Press Tools
    6. Google Analytics
    7. In Post Ads
    8. Login Image
    9. Maintenance Mode
    10. Pay With a Like
    11. Really Simple CAPTCHA
    12. Redirecton
    13. Simple Url's
    14. TablePress
    15. Ultimate Facebook
    16. Woo Dojo
    17. Woo Sidebars
    18. Wordfence Security
    19. WordPress SEO
    20. Visual Composer
    21. WPMU Dev Dashboard
    22. WP to Twitter

    Sorry, only twenty two plug-ins.
    How do you like the flytonic call to action? I am thinking of getting it but the featured site tool seems to do the same thing. Do you feel it is worth it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgarf76 View Post
    How do you like the flytonic call to action? I am thinking of getting it but the featured site tool seems to do the same thing. Do you feel it is worth it?
    I use the Flytonic Call to Action plug-in on a non Flytonic theme. Here's an example.

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    I'm addicted to the plugins and I have installed a lot of them. Got a lesson while trying to uninstall one of them and **** all my code...

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    I just use basic ones, for security purposes like Wordfence, Bad Behavior, Exploit Scanner, one for cloacking links and one for redirects. Less plugins = less problems when updates kick in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xecutable View Post
    I just use basic ones, for security purposes like Wordfence, Bad Behavior, Exploit Scanner, one for cloacking links and one for redirects. Less plugins = less problems when updates kick in.
    In the last several years I've only experienced one problem when updating any of my many plug-ins and that was a few weeks ago. The guilty plug-in was WordPress SEO. I saw the problem immediately and reverted back to the previous version. The developer released another update less than a day later which solved the problem.

    So, updating WordPress plug-ins has never been an issue for me. Always do a backup before doing any updates on your site, just to play it safe.

    Dodgy, poorly coded plug-ins will cause havoc on your site and may pose a security threat as well.

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    I can see where you are coming from. I had a horrible experience with 2, mostly because they were discontinued and the support was pretty much non-existent. But yeah one of them was an SEO plugin, and the things it did.... wow. I would be writing posts and the page will just redirect itself, so my post would not get saved... etc. Took me like 10 hours before I decided to disable all plugins and test, as it was my admin panel, that was messed up.

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    Ey, already in the subject... do you guys know any good plugin to display the top posts on the site? Ive been trying several but the design is... awful and is ruining my site. You can check: http://www.coolonlinecasinos.com (right margin).

    thanks for the help.

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    A nuisance when individual plugins cause an issue, but the better hosting I have had the better experience I have had with wordpress. I don't think enough resources are allocated to wordpress sites on most shared hosting packages and hence each additional plugin becomes a bigger burden than it ought. I visit a lot of wordpress sites that seem slow to dead and must be on shared hosting. When I moved my problematic sites to dedicated or VPS hosting a lot of issues cleared up immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traffickitty View Post
    Ey, already in the subject... do you guys know any good plugin to display the top posts on the site? Ive been trying several but the design is... awful and is ruining my site. You can check: http://www.coolonlinecasinos.com (right margin).

    thanks for the help.
    You can try easy slider, it is images and I think you can link them up with your top posts. If you have flytonic framework use the latest posts feature. PS Your site is coming along nice @traffickitty Good Stuff!

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