A Brief Introduction To WordPress Plugins & How To Use Them?

I have discussed enough details on WordPress themes, and my friend Sakthi has presented his helpful WordPress installation guide using Bluehost hosting service and revealed some guidelines to be followed after WordPress installation.

The WordPress is the most favorite website platform for many webmasters and is successfully running various high-end websites on its platform. Do you know what makes the WordPress so comfy medium to publish and manage the content?

Yes! The feature that makes WordPress different and better from the other same niche website platforms is a plugin.

Let me give a brief intro on WordPress plugins in this post!

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What Is WordPress Plugin?

WP plugins are the just extensions of WordPress. The popularity of WordPress is due to the ease of workability on it.

A user with no coding knowledge can bring out significant changes in the WordPress website by the optimal use of plugins.

Let us take an example, if a user wants to add a popup on the homepage of his or her website!

The conventional method is to add a proper code on the site at the exact place. A precise and crisp coding knowledge is required for the same.

But for an amateur, this difficult task can be done easily by use of an excellent WordPress plugin. This is the beauty of WordPress. You simply need no coding knowledge to implement the additional features.

You may add a plugin from the WordPress Plugin Repository, and it will be done in few seconds.

How to Add a WordPress Plugin?

To add a plugin, you need practically nothing.

Just go to your Dashboard. Click on the Plugins section and then select Add New button.

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Now, you will be able to see the search bar with the text Search Plugins.

In the box write down the name of the plugin, which you want to install. The installation will take place in few minutes. After that, you are ready to use the plugin on your WordPress website.

How Many WordPress Plugins One Can Use?

There is actually no limit to the number of plugins a user can use for WordPress. But it’s always a good thing to keep the number below 20. (Opinion may vary with other WordPress users)

Having more number of plugins means more complex coding in your website. Thus, there are many chances of crashing of the website on the usage of more than a reasonable number of plugins.

There are various instances where two plugins are not compatible with each other, thus causing the site to crash frequently. The best practice is to create a backup of the whole website before installing a new plugin on your WordPress site.

How to Remove a Bad WordPress Plugin?

Suppose a bad WordPress plugin crashed your website, and you are not able to login to your site. The first key is to get the immediate access to your hosting account, where your entire website database is saved. 

Patience and persistence are the important rules here. Then you can directly go to your file manager. In the file manager search for the public_html file. In the file, search for the wp_plugins and then rename the folder of the plugin which is causing the error.

For example, if the plugin, namely xyz is causing the error. Rename the folder of that plugin in your database as xyz, it will disable the plugin on your website.

The other method is to delete directly the folder of the plugin. But it should be avoided as it can cause a severe crash on your website and a bad user experience.

What Happens When You  Use Many WordPress Plugins?

Depends on the WordPress Plugin that you have installed and how they are coded, below are the few possible negative consequences that you may face

  • Crashing of WordPress website
  • Increase the database queries and affects the page loading speed
  • Invite hackers 
  • Compatibility issues (If no updates)

If you don’t wish to tackle any of these possible issues, then it’s always recommended to use a limited number of certain plugins. The only way through which you can limit to a small number of plugins is by making use of multitasking plugins that are capable of performing more than one task related to your website.

How to Choose the Best WordPress Plugin?

If you are confused about which plugin to choose, the first rule is to check the compatibility of the plugin with your version of WordPress. The next rule is to go for those plugins which have higher numbers of ratings. It is a good practice to check the reviews and known issues with that plugin.

In case, any change is required before installation that should be done without any fail.

The last step is to check the features of the plugin. If you do not want to buy the pro version of the plugin, you should look at the functions that are provided in the free version of the plugin.

The fundamental idea is that most of the plugin developers lure the users by making tall claims in the description, but in reality all the features are available in the pro version. There might exist some free WordPress plugins with the same function available in the paid ones. The choice should be made according to the needs of the user.

Repeated installation of the bad plugins can cause lower readability of your website. It will also diminish the standard of your website, which results in lower Google page rank.

Final Words

WordPress plugins can act as a boon if used properly. Without WP plugins, the WordPress CMS would be a restricted platform, and thus, we need to choose the best WordPress plugins to make our site look impressive and stand out from the crowd.

However, they can also cause a website to crash down if anything goes wrong. The usage should be optimal and according to the prescribed description of the plugin. Also, backuping your database file before installing any WordPress plugin would help you to avoid unnecessary problems. 

If you wish to add a new WordPress plugin, check the speed of your website with the Google pageSpeed insights tool before and after installing that WP plugin. Also, keep your installed WordPress plugins up-to-date to make your site less vlunerable to spammers.

I hope that you have grabbed the essential details of WordPress plugins. How many plugins do you have installed on your WordPress site? Do you have any bitter experience with the plugins that you have chosen? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section.  

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