I was wondering if there is a limit to how many plugins a website should be running? I have 14 running right now (Askimet, SEO, Google Analytics, etc.) and I’m wondering if at any point the amount of plugins will end up bogging down my website?Kayla
While you should be mindful about the amount of plugins you use, it’s ultimately not about the amount—it’s about how bloated they are. Some plugins are incredibly simple and only have a few lines of code. Those are pretty lightweight and won’t add a ton of strain on your server. Others have 20 files and thousands or even millions of lines of code, and those can really weigh down your site.
Five of those “lightweight” plugins can equal the same amount of strain as one “heavy” plugin. That’s not to say that the heavy ones are bad, it’s just that they’re big plugins with a ton of features and that does add extra “weight” to your site.
Personally, I’m a plugin minimalist. I don’t install a plugin unless I feel I ACTUALLY need it. A lot of people install 50 plugins because they seem kind of cool. Then they only regularly use 25% of them, barely use another 25% of them, and don’t use the other 50% at all, but they still leave it installed and activated.
Be selective with the plugins you install
Before installing, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you really need this plugin?
- What will it add to your site? Will it make significant improvements?
- How often will you use the plugin? Once in a blue moon? On a daily basis?
I challenge you to prune your plugins!
Go through your list of plugins and seriously question whether you need them or use them. Don’t just deactivate those plugins—also delete them. This is something you should be doing on a regular basis because plugin usage can change over a few months/years. You may have used one plugin a lot last year, but don’t use it at all this year. So regularly revisit your plugin list and make changes as necessary.