The facts are evident – WordPress is the best platform for site creation and maintenance due to the immense number of plugins you can use to improve your site and the user experience together. In recent years, WordPress’s popularity has grown immensely and as a result, there have been many new and exciting plugins. However, not all of them are efficient and worthy assistants to your cause.
Which begs the questions – how can you find out about a plugin before you even install it? Are there any ways from which you can conclude whether to install or avoid a plugin?
In order to make the choice easier, we’ve compiled a simple set of tips and guidelines that will help you save time by not buying or installing unfitting plugins. It’s much simpler than you think, actually.
Can this feature be included without the installation of a plugin?
Most people install plugins not because they need them, but because they’re lazy. When they read the description and see that only a few clicks can give them what they want – they go berserk.
Beginners fall into this trap more than others, causing even more problems than they initially expected.
What can exactly happen in this case?
You can mess up your header and footer files and go through a whole lot of trouble fixing them. You will have to re-install the theme code whenever you change the theme and risk losing traffic information.
Custom variables won’t be tracked. Thus, if you can’t achieve these features without a plugin, install it only then.
Other things to watch out for
Source of the plugin – Always take a look at the developer and if they’re renowned or respected. Developer credibility is always a big factor in choosing the right plugin.
Price – There are lots of free plugins, but a number of paid ones can give you great value. Don’t be afraid to shell out a small amount of money, but don’t spend it on stupid stuff.
Download number – If a plugin has been downloaded 100.000+ times, you are most likely looking at a plugin that has something great to offer. You shouldn’t miss out on such a chance.
Customer support – Even free plugins should have a dedicated team tasked with resolving issues. A good way to find out about their level of support is sending out an email. The response time and tone will tell you a lot.