Are WordPress Plugins Really Magical On Our Blogs?

WordPress Plugins are the most talked-about blog posts about WordPress blogs. There are probably thousands of them that a blogger can choose from, but should we? Can a WordPress plugin be like a magic wand for our websites or blogs?

plugins are like magical wands for wordpress sites

Plugins are quickly and easily installable via WordPress. In just a few steps and seconds a new plugin can give your blog a new function or useful options without any complicated coding.

However, WordPress plugins may also slow down your website’s speed or conflict with other ones already installed or with your theme. They cause havoc or even take down your blog altogether. (Always be sure to test one at a time.)

What Is A Plugin?

It is s a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program. When a program supports plugins, it enables customization.

Without these, you would have to code everything on the backend of your website.

What Can Plugins Do For Your Blog?

Some of these can make your images smaller. Others can provide speed to your website. And then they are those that help show off your related blog posts at the bottom of each post. Some WordPress themes come with preset plugin functions so you don’t need as many of them.

If you use too many of them, they can slow down the speed of your website or blog.

blood speed from plugins

7 Review Posts Around The Blogosphere

    1. Blog Tyrant has a speed of your website that are mostly free to use in 2021. These are recommended tools that help the function of your blog.
    2. Create and Go published the best plugins for blogs. This list helps with the design, site speed, traffic, monetization, and more.
    3. Hongkiat has a list of recommended plugins for the enhancement of your blog posts. These tools will help with your productivity.
    4. Shout Out Loud has a wonderful list of these for your business blog on WordPress.
    5. Kinsta recently wrote about the best plugins for your comments on the blog. They review 10 on this post.
    6. Blogging Wizard reviewed 10 different plugins that will share your blog posts on social media.
    7. Bloggers Passion wrote about the plugins you can use for guest blogging on your own blog.

My Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast had been one of my all-time favorite plugins with the premium version. I loved being able to find my orphan content quickly. Yoast includes on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps, and much more.

Not only that but knowing what is SEO friendly for each blog post helps me to write them quicker. However, today I also use the RankMath plugin on several other blogs and I’m loving it.

Click to Tweet is another one of my favorites as you often see them on Inspire To Thrives blog posts. It is the best, easiest, and simplest way to promote and advertise your blog, website, business, and stuff on Twitter.

Another favorite of mine is Contact Form 7.  This plugin can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering, and so on. I’ve been using it since day one here on the blog. You can see it on my contact page.

Bonus Plugin Tip

The broken link checker makes finding broken links on your site quick and easy. I like to look at mine almost daily though there are other plugins where it can be fixed automatically.

I like to see which bloggers are no longer blogging as their websites are taken down by them. You can learn a lot by checking on your broken links. This helps you to build your blog with new relevant links to and from your blog.

What Should You Do Before Updating Your WordPress Blog?

Another tip, before updating to any new WordPress version be sure to disable all your plugins first after backing up your site. Then enable each one to be sure they work with the newest version of WordPress.

disable plugins before updating wordpress

Otherwise, you could have a plugin take down your blog. It happened to me almost a decade ago and I never forgot the days of aggravation it caused.

Another tip, before updating to any new WordPress version be sure to disable all your plugins first after backing up your site. #InspireToThrive Share on X

Over to You:

Now, over to you – Do you believe these WordPress plugins can be magical or not? Which are your favorite among these and which could you live without?

How many do you have on your blog today? Please leave a comment so we can discuss the plugins here.


Lisa Sicard
  • Rakesh Jain says:

    If you have built your website on popular CMS like WordPress than installing the number of plugins for the design and SEO purpose would be a great! Plugins really make the task easy for business owners.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Rakesh, welcome to Inspire To Thrive. Yes, I would agree with that one on plguins. They really do make it easy when they work. Thanks for your input and make it a great day.

  • Atanu Das says:

    Excellent article Lisa. I believe if you are a WordPress user then plugins are not less than magic. They can make our journey very easy by reducing our tasks.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Atanu, thank you. Welcome to Inspire To Thrive. They really do help us save time and effort. I used to get so frustrated trying to code myself.

  • Tyler says:

    Hi Lisa, my charter business is relatively new. Is there a good plugin scheduling app that is free to use on WP that someone on here can refer? Appreciate any advice or knowledge!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Tyler, welcome to Inspire To Thrive. Have you looked at WooCommerce Bookings? Bookly and Booked are a few others. Good luck! Love to know how you make out with these plugins.

  • piku shabeer says:

    Plugins are the building blocks of your WordPress site. They bring in important functions to your website, whether you need to add contact forms, improve SEO, increase site speed, create an online store, or offer email opt-ins. Whatever you need your website to do can be done with a plugin.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Piku, welcome to Inspire To Thrive. You are right about that with the plugins but too many can be a problem. I almost lost the entire website years ago because of a bad one 🙂 One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch! Thanks for your input and have a great day.

  • That’s really an interesting topic. Personally, I love WordPress because of the availability of amazing plugins and they just save our efforts like magic. Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

  • Scott Craighead says:

    I think WordPress SEO by Yoast allows for the Google Analytic’s ID to be placed and that’s good enough. I use jetpack stats for the rest. – Scott Craighead

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Scott, so you use both Yoast and Jet Pack together? I did not realize you could use both. Thanks for your input on this one.

  • I still use a SEO plugin simply because it makes it easier to add in my meta tags, which social networking sites like Facebook use to pull the content for their previews. I could do it all manually, but it is a hassle.

    I did find this cool plugin called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) which let’s me see which plugins are slowing down my website the most. I did find that my SEO plugin (I’m using the All-In-One SEO) is slowing it down more than most other plugins, but still it’s not that big of a deal. W3 total cache keeps my website running fast.

    With all that being said, I still don’t recommend installing plugins like crazy. I use what I need and nothing more.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi James, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. I love Yoast for SEO though it can be a bit complicated at times. I have not heard of P3 – thanks for sharing. I agree, I’m holding at 17 to date. Have a great day ahead James.

  • Tonya Stephens says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I enjoyed this information from all the great bloggers about plugins.
    Went over to Traffic Cafe and took a look at the sticky plugin for increased conversions….good stuff.
    When time permits I’ll check some of the other blog post.
    Thanks again,

    • Lisa says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Tonya. Yes, that was a very interesting post. I’m trying to keep the number of plugins I use down but may consider that one in the near future. Thanks for your input on this one and have a wonderful weekend.

  • Mayura says:

    Hey Lisa,

    First off, Congratulations on winning a premium theme dear 🙂 I hope it will be up here sooner. Can’t wait to see it 🙂

    Wonderful post with interesting plugins here 🙂 I didn’t know Brenda did about WordFence too until I see her comment at Tim Bonner’s post about it. Anyway it’s a very useful security plugin and I’ve installed it on client websites too.

    WordPress without plugins? 😉 Now that doesn’t sound WordPress.

    Of course, using Google Analytics code seems far better than using a plugin. However it depends on where you place the code too. If someone wouldn’t like to mess with theme, I think plugin is the safest way 🙂

    Either way, it’s adding analytics code to the source files. The impact of plugin is usually lower Lisa. But when processing Google Analytics script, both takes the same amount of time 🙂 Fortunately, the new code snippet is not interfering much with page load time. It’s an asynchronous script which doesn’t keep your blog waiting until the script loads 🙂

    Actually when it comes to plugins there’s one thing to observe dear 🙂 Is it loads with the blog or just adding / changing source code of your site. For example, social sharing buttons load with the blog but usually a basic SEO plugin just change necessary source codes. I think that way you can determine which ones to ditch first 🙂

    Also favicon can be added using code snippet too, but the plugin is also doing the same. Adding relevant code snippets to the theme 🙂

    I think the best is testing a site with pluggins on and off 🙂 That way you can see how much plugins contributing to the page load time Lisa.

    As you gonna go with a new theme, I believe you can make better decisions there 🙂

    Have a successful weekend like a WordPress blog with helpful plugins Lisa 😉


    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Mayura, I’m awaiting it and then I’ll need some extra time to do it. Though I just changed my social buttons and saved quite a bit of speed with Simple Social vs the other ones I had. I did get rid of the plugin for favicon and one other – analytics code. Of course I did add the WordFence too. As you are working on clients sites with WordPress do you still prefer Blogger? Just curious 🙂 Thanks for coming by Mayura and enjoy your Sunday – must be a.m. there already.

  • Carolyn says:

    Hi Lisa, What a great run down of blogging plugin articles. I’m a plugin junkie like you. I was once about 50 but now I’m down to 46. Maybe we can go to plugin rehab together? 😉

    I don’t use WP Touch because it strips out too much of the functionality of my blog (and other plugins, lol). I use a responsive theme instead.

    I used CommentLuv and Share Juice Pro as my favorite plugins, but I have many others I like and can’t seem to live without.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Carolyn, I’m down to 17 🙂 I bet you could get rid of a few 🙂 I hope to be changing mine soon to a responsive theme. I love CommentLuv and want o get ShareJuice vs. the DiggDigg, as I’ve heard Adrieenne rave about it. I keep checking mine weekly and think can I get rid of any more? I also would love to add one for my contributors, been thinking about it – enjoy the rest of your weekend Carolyn and thanks for coming by.

  • Emmanuel says:

    The issues of plugins are indeed debatable.
    I have my own choices and it include Yoast but you simply want to do away with it.

    • Lisa says:

      If you read my recent comments I’m hanging to Yoast with their new Twitter Card feature 🙂 How long have you used Yoast Emmanuel? Thanks for coming by.

  • Rudd says:

    1. It’s plugin, not plug-in. Just use the conventional term used by most folks, also uses plugin.

    2. Regarding the Yoast plugin, I think you shouldn’t delete or disable it. I believe it’s a must use plugin. Do you have any reason for saying that it will slow down your website? Just curious

    3. Google Analytics for WP – Never use this before? What’s the purpose of this plugin? Will it allow you to see all the analytics from your dashboard? If you just use the code, you can get all the analytics from the Google Analytics website.

    4. WSA Favicon. I’m pretty sure this can be done with very few lines of code. This should be easy, either with few lines of codes or just upload you own favicon, rename it as favicon.ico and upload to /images/ directory of your child theme.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Rudd, thanks for coming by and welcome to Inspire to Thrive. I was concerned that Yoast affected other things like sharing via the buffer button with Digg Digg but I just eliminated it because if someone is logged into the buffer it will give them that option. It also keeps my titles together which I don’t like in snippets. I will try to find out how to change that too. I read yesterday how I can integrate Twitter Cards with Yoast so I will keep Yoast for now 🙂 I did get rid of #3 since I can just use analytics and it wasn’t showing up in my dashboard. I also got rid of the favicon plugin as coding does take care of that nicely. Thanks for the correction of the proper word spelling. Some things spell check cannot do 🙂 Enjoy the weekend ahead!

  • Aman Bansal says:

    I love to use plugins, but a fact that more you use your site speed load gets low.So better to use less number.
    You can say essential plug ins like comment luv, captcha and all in one seo pack are vital.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Aman, yes – that’s what I’ve been trying to do here, use less! It did speed up my site when I recently eliminated 2 more. Welcome to Inspire to Thrive and thanks for your input. Enjoy the weekend ahead.

  • Sonia says:

    I have to say that I have way too many, but love when I can find a plugin that will help me do something that I can’t exactly customize myself. Like optin buttons or features that give me that same look as if some designer did it at cost. That is what I am always looking for. What eventually ends ups happening is I get rid of another once I find something that can do the job of 2 plugins instead of one. I see that happening allot and thankfully it frees up space on my blog. I swear I need to delete more of mine.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Sonia, how many do you have? I’m trying to reduce here – I’m down to 17. I was debating on Yoast but I read yesterday it can also accomodate Twitter Cards so I am keeping it for now 🙂 Some newer themes may offer things that plug-ins once did. Thanks for coming by and enjoy the weekend ahead almost upon us 🙂

  • Akhil kumar says:

    Am in love with “Commentluv ” 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Akhil, it seems most of us are. I haven’t seen a comment of someone not liking it. Thanks for coming by with your input on it too. Have a great weekend ahead.

  • Saanvi says:

    Great list of WordPress Mailing list Plugins. I have heard only about Popup Domination 3.0, Option Skin and the plugins you have listed are new for me.I will surely try out the free plugins which are listed above. Thanks a lot for Sharing!!

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Saanvi for coming by. Do check some of them out and be sure not to overdo the use of them. You are welcome and enjoy the rest of your week.

  • Carlie Hamilton says:

    I looooooove plugins! Ha.
    My favourite (for this moment) would have to be Analytics 360 – it plugs into your google and mail chimp, so you can see how your analytics relates to your posts and email campaigns.

    Also, I highly recommend having a responsive webpage! They rock.

    • Lisa says:

      Carlie, yes responsive theme is the way to go now. Mobile is really where it’s going to be at. I think Mail Chimp offers analytics itself so why would you need a plug-in for it? Curious 🙂 Thanks Carlie for coming by and for your input.

      • Carlie Hamilton says:

        The plugin I was referring to puts your traffic + when you post + when you send out a campaign all in the one graph, so it is easy to see the relationships between them. Plus it’s nice to have it all in one place.

        • Lisa says:

          Thanks Carlie for coming back to explain that. It does make it easier when you can see it all in one place.

  • Neamat Tawadrous says:

    Hi Lisa,

    A great plugin resource, Lisa!

    I don’t have that much experience with plugins and I am still learning about them but the plugin I love and I will not trade for anything is CommentLuv Premium.

    I want to learn more about plugins that secures my blog and I have to go back to your list and read some of those posts. Thanks for the resource.

    Thanks Lisa for this great post. Have a nice rest of the week .

    Be Blessed,


    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Neamat. Yes, I’d agree with you on CommentLuv Premium. I hope you find some that will help with WordPress Security and which you can do without. I appreciate your coming by and your input Neamat, enjoy the rest of your week too.

  • Sandy Halliday says:

    Well there’s no doubt that we can’t live without some plugins but how many are really necessary has been the topic of discussion on many forums and blogs.

    I found too that Yoast was not compatible with my theme and I’ve also had the problems of plugin conflict and slow loading times with some of them.

    There is no doubt that with all the problems some have had with the botnet attacks we can’t be too careful about security My WordPress Firewall 2 plugin just blocked an attack on my blog but I will check out the one that Tim Bonner mentions.
    It is important to make sure you have a really secure login password.

    I like CommentLuv and unlike some other bloggers who have uninstalled it due to fears over broken links I waited for the CommentLuv link cleaner plugin that Andy promised and came up with fairly quickly.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Sandy, nice to see you here. Yes, you are not alone with the Yoast. So far mine has been good with it. It is not an easy one to set-up. I love Comment Luv and Andy is wonderful and is always there when we have any issues / questions, etc. Thanks for your input and enjoy the rest of your week Sandy.

  • Vineet Saxena says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Using a plugin can be really useful provided it adds something which cannot be done in its absence. The plugins which I absolutely love are commentluv premium and w3 total cache. Though right now I am looking for alternatives to Jetpack. Thanks for this awesome article.

    • Lisa says:

      Vineet, why are you looking for an alternative to Jetpack? I have a friend who raves about it all the time. I’m with you on CommentLuv premium and W3 total cache. Have you used Yoast? Thanks for coming by and welcome to Inspire to Thrive Vineet. Enjoy the rest of your day.

      • Vineet Saxena says:

        Yes I was a user of Yoast but then I considered my theme to be efficient enough and hence bid goodbye to that. 😛

  • Christina says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I do appreciate your this article, Plug-In are really useful & most of people use Plug-In on various ways. Well Lisa, I should come to the point ! I want to know about my blog ! I recently create a WordPress Blog (website) but I am facing some problem actually. I want to add two menu’s in my WordPress Blog first Main menu & second top menu but just only one menu show in blog. I don’t understand why this happen. Even I have changes some themes but still I am facing this same issue. so if you have any kind of idea than please let me know.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Christina, is your WordPress self-hosted? It sounds like it is if you are having issues with menu’s. I had that issue in the beginning. Is one a child theme or not? What type of theme are you using? Maybe I can make a screen shot of mine and email you 🙂

      • Christina says:

        Hi Lisa…my WordPress isn’t self-hosted. I am using some one others hosting for my WordPress blog ?

        • Lisa says:

          Christina, so you mean you are hosting it on Hostgator or Blue Host or Go Daddy? You site does not look like the FREE version of WordPress.

  • RobG says:

    Hello Lisa, Plus-ins are GREAT if you use them correctly and use them. I limit how many I use because I don’t feel I really need much to help my blog function. The hardest thing about plug-ins is when the developers abandon then and are keeping them up to date then your blog is at risk of being accessed.

    Thank so much for a great read

    • Lisa says:

      Rob, are you one that has a theme that does a lot of functions? I know Adrienne said her thessis theme does many things some plug-ins do. Yes, it is always good to check when the last time a plug-in was updated. I’m down to 17 and hope to ditch a few more along the way. Have a great day Rob and thanks for coming by.

      • RobG says:

        Hello Lisa. Yes StudioPress’s themes are pretty much loaded with many options so I don’t really see the need for so many plug-ins. The only time I will install a plug-in is if I really need it and there’s no other way for me to accomplish something I’m trying to do.

  • Barry Wells says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for including me in the post and thanks for passing on the other links. I’ll make a point of checking them out once I resolved my issue.

    I’m not sure where my issue lays as I’ve checked my feed on other readers and it shows correctly, really baffling me as I’ve been into my FeedBurner account and all my settings are correct there.

    I’ve got a friend that’s going to look over WordPress SEO for me and make sure it’s set up correctly. I did have the All In One SEO Pack before WP SEO and swapped my details over so it “should” be ok…. Famous last words ha ha

    Congratulations on winning the new theme Lisa. I hope the swap goes smoothly for you. I think it may be time for me to start looking at a new one, especially after reading Adrienne’s comment about how her theme covers so many tasks that I use plugins for.

    I also use a plugin called P3 which checks the performance of those plugins we use. If it’ll help any of your readers I’ll leave a link in the commluv thread to post I wrote and video demo of the plugin.

    Thanks again Lisa.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Barry, You are welcome. Plug-ins can be quite an issue these days. And your post is a mystery for sure! I can’t wait to try out the new theme, I hope on Memorial Day weekend when I have some time. I know it will take hours 🙂 I’m heard of that P3 plug in, you may leave a link for it, thanks for sharing. I never have a problem with folks sharing good info Barry. Thanks for coming by and for your input.

  • Ray says:

    One thing about WordPress plugins they all vary. One plugin may use barely any resources, and the next might use more than you realize. I haven’t heard anything regarding the Google Analytics or the Favicon plugins in terms of resource usage.

    You can add Analytics or Favicon fairly easy without a plugin. Favicon is one little line of code, and Analytics is a couple lines, but it’s just copy and paste.

    For most WordPress themes you can manually add Analytics code to either the header.php or footer.php. Google recommends the header, but you can add it to either. A few years ago they wanted you to put it in the footer.

    For Favicon you can add one line of code to the header.php.

    Some fancier themes include an option to add custom code to the header or footer in the theme/framework. When that happens to be the case it’s even easier.

    If you did this, you would also want to make sure you disable the current plugins otherwise you might end up skewing your Analytics stats by having the code on your pages twice.

    Afterwards if you use a cache plugin you usually want to empty/clear the cache for the changes to take effect.

    Overall these are fairly simple ones.

    There is a way to do so by adding a few lines of code to functions.php as well, but it can sometimes be a little tricky.

    You also create a child theme with the new codes as well so if you happen to upgrade your theme code additions won’t be lost.

    The drawback to manually adding Favicon or Analytics code to php files is if you change themes you would need to remember to redo these because the new theme wouldn’t have them. If you use a plugin like you have been doing you don’t need to do anything when changing themes.

    I prefer doing things the manual way as much as possible, but for people that aren’t into that kind of thing a plugin is usually the easier route.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Ray, I started the process this a.m. with both of those plug-ins as I want to become less plug-in needy. Great point about if you change themes to be sure to check them once again. That is something I may be doing in the near future. My speed did increase from 82 to 85. I’m done to 16 or 17 now. 🙂

  • Adrienne says:

    What a great subject Lisa and my thoughts have really changed about plug-ins since late last year.

    Not that I’ve had any problems with any plug-ins myself but I know how a lot of them can slow down the load time of our blogs. Now there are some things with my blog I have no control over like my theme or some of my chosen plug-ins that I will never get rid of like CommentLuv Premium.

    When I can I prefer to add code to my blog instead of a plug-in which is why I love Thesis. This theme makes it to easy for you to do and so I have the Google Analytics code on my blog. I’ve never used a plug-in for that.

    I’ve also never used a plug-in for my favicon. I remember uploading my image to my server and using a free site to get all the code and stuff. My goodness though, that was a long time ago. I believe I shot a video on that a few years back and I would think it would be the same if you need more help.

    Also with Thesis our SEO feature is built in with the theme so again, no plug-in is needed. Yeah, kind of love Thesis I must admit, it just really makes my life so much easier.

    Plug-ins are really cool and do make our blogs and our life much easier but you can overdo it. Plus I learned that once you uninstall a plug-in from your blog, it’s still sitting on your server in the database table. If you don’t go in there and delete it, you will start slowing your server down and that’s just a problem waiting to happen. Oh yeah, boy have I learned a lot since starting my blog.

    Congratulations on winning the wordpress theme. You definitely deserve it and I hope you like it. Can’t wait to see if whichever blog you put it on.

    Have a great week Lisa.


    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Adrienne. I think that’s the theme I won, Thesis. Thanks for the mention of the video. Oh yes, that’s what Bren was referring to after you uninstall the plug-ins – sounds like I have more work to do in my c-panel. I’ll have to find a way to get cozy there 🙂 Isn’t it amazing Adrienne what we all learning blogging? We learn to become more technical than we ever were before. (I know at least I have). And the more we learn the more we need to learn. It really amazes me at times. Have a great week too Adrienne!

  • Susan Silver says:

    Lisa, let me know if you need help fixing your titles. I know that Yoast can screw up that function. It is an easy fix if your titles don’t come back on their own.

    You are right, you can upload a fav icon without a plugin. It is already built into WordPress actually. Look up fav icon in the WordPress Codex for directions.

    You can grab the code you need from your Google analytics account. You will want to drop it into header.php before the tag so that it tracks every page on your blog.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Susan, I appreciate that 🙂 They are working fine now in shares – I’ll have to check on snippets again to be sure. This theme is difficult to work with the editor but I may do it via the c-panel. Thanks for coming by and for your input and help Susan. I hope all is well your way!

  • Cendrine Marrouat says:

    Yoast completely screwed up my former theme. I don’t understand why people keep recommending it so much, when it has a proven record of not working for a lot of us.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Cendrine, what did it to your theme? And what happened when you disabled it? I’m really curious on that. It sounds like people either love or hate Yoast.

      • Cendrine Marrouat says:

        It caused multiple issues with my theme. So, as a result, I had to re-install it and re-customize everything.

        As far as Yoast is concerned, I have never used it again.

  • Theodore Nwangene says:

    Whats up Lisa?
    Plugins are really one of those things we cannot do without right?:) The benefits cannot be overemphasized indeed but, in some cases, they can also cause us some problems just as you said.

    I also read some of the posts you shared here and really love them especially that of Tim, Ana and Enstine. I also have a guest blogger wrote a very interesting post on my blog on that same subject.

    There are some themes that has an option for G.A code, i don’t know about the one you’re using. And yes, you can also upload your favicon without using plugin, you will have to do it via your cpanel public HTML.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Theodore, ah that c-panel. I’ve been getting more comfortable with mine of late. That’s another idea instead of on the editor. Thanks for the tip! This also makes me think of changing the theme – I just won one recently from Logallot. Looks like I will be busy 🙂

  • valentine belonwu says:

    Those are some interesting posts Lisa,
    I also love plugins in fact, i can’t do without them but, i agree with you that it can also cause us more than good in some ways.

    I read most of those posts you mentioned here and i really learnt a lot from them indeed. Thanks for sharing and have good week.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Valentine, yes, I agree, they are some I could not do without. I’m just trying to do with less in the near future. Thanks for coming by and commenting today. Have a good week as well. One day down already 🙂

  • Babanature says:

    Hello Lisa,
    First i’ll say you don’t need a favicon plugin just to insert a favicon to your blog and you sure don’t need any analytic plugin to insert your Google analytic codes. I’ll advice you to do a clean uninstall of those plugins.
    Plugin is indeed magical and with it, you can use it to do virtually anything with your blog but too much of it will harm your blog more than the good it brings. I always advice people/ bloggers to implement some codes directly rather than using a plugin. Thanks for such post and do have a lovely week ahead Lisa.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Babanature, yes, you readers are inspiring me to do that this week. I would love to have more codes vs. plug-ins Babanature, it’s so much easier to install a plug-in though, isn’t it? Thanks for the inspiration and enjoy the rest of your week.

  • Kumar Suhas says:

    Hi Lisa
    Bloggers love plugins and WordPress is the best due to plugins only. Every good thing has to be used carefully. Plugins can slow down a site and also make it go dead. Trying out as mentioned above is indeed required. P# plugin profiler plugin can analyze the impact of various plugins on site loading.
    I also do not recommend disabling Yoast or any competitive SEO plugin and many web host these days have Google Analytic feature at domain level using the Page Speed for Apache module.
    Thanks for the engaging post.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Kumar, why do you recommend not disabling Yoast or any SEO plug-ins? You have me curious 🙂 When you say make it go dead, you mean take it offline? Thanks for your input Kumar on this piece and look forward to your responses.

      • Kumar Suhas says:

        Hi Lisa
        You have mentioned that you have learnt a lot using Yoast but it is not only about keywords and key-phrases. SEO plugins offer important function-ability like social media integration. Open graph , Twitter cards, authorship markup , publisher markup and also setting “noindex” tags to types of pages, creation of sitemap and much more that can not be done manually.
        By saying Go Dead I mean going unresponsive and not offline.

  • Jens P. Berget says:

    I keep testing plugins all the time, and that’s mostly because I love new plugins, and I love new shiny stuff. On the downside, because I keep testing new plugins, I have experienced old plugins to stop working and my blog has been offline more than once 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Jens, did your blog go down because of them? Interesting, I’d love to hear more on that Jens. Do you have more than 20 on your blog? Interesting to see how many people are using via the comments here. Thanks for coming by and commenting Jens.

      • Jens P. Berget says:

        I am not sure if it was because of the plugins or not, but at the time, I had many plugins installed and that was the only thing I know for sure that I had done. I had more than 50 active plugins, now I have “only” 32 active plugins, and at the moment, I am not experiencing any problems 🙂

  • Julie says:

    Hello Lisa,

    Good question. Some plug-ins are terrific and some are useless and there are those good ones which do course problems as well.

    I guess it’s looking at what is needed first -eg. for security and functioning, then your wants for social sharing and keeping in touch with readers/commanders, next is to take a look at what’s left and perhaps best to delete them. I probably need to go and have a good hard look at mine.

    Thanks Lisa

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Julie, yes, it is always good to check out all your plug-ins on a regular basis. Functioning is key. Thanks for coming by and commenting today Julie. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  • Tim Bonner says:

    Hey Lisa

    Thank you so much for the mention. I really appreciate it.

    I’m going to check out the other people you\’ve mentioned in the next couple of days. I have just over 30 plugins loaded at the minute. I get it down to a few and then they slowly climb up again without me realising it.

    I don’t use WP Touch because the Framework I use, Pagelines is responsive and mobile/tablet ready.

    In terms of Google Analytics, I just use the tracking code provided by Google rather than using a plugin and have added this to the footer code. My theme allows me to do that, although before when I used the free version of Pagelines I had a plugin called Add To All, which allowed you to add Google Analytics as well as other code to your header or footer.

    The tracking code can be found by logging into your Google Analytics account, clicking on Admin and then choosing the second tab Tracking Info. That will also tell you if any data is being received. I used to use the plugin you mentioned but it was one of the ones that used up a lot of resources when I checked on P3.

    I also load the favicon through the options in my theme but prior to that I added the code in my header using that Add to All plugin to get the favicon to load. I don’t want to put the code here but let me know if you need any more info.

    Have a great week Lisa!


    • Julie says:

      Good stuff there Tim for Google Analytics and favicon – there’s two plugins I could delete.

      Thanks for that.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Tim, you are welcome. That’s quite a bit of plug-ins at 30. I knew where the code is for Google Analytics but hard to find in my theme editor but you guys are inspiring me to do it this week. It would save a plug-in and I’d love that. Thanks for that Tim. I appreciate the tips. Have a great week ahead.

  • An exhaustive plugin resource, Lisa!

    I think I’ve read most of the posts that you mention here, but coming to the question – yes, I think plugins can be magical!

    For eg., W3TotalCache incredibly speeds up my blog, Wordfence secures it, and WP_Optimize sorts the databases, and many other plugins that are so helpful, including some that you’ve mentioned.

    However, I agree that sometimes there are plugin conflicts and you’ve to be very careful in using them. Too many may slow your blog.

    Thanks for this great post. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Harleena, since you put it like that I guess plug-ins are magical but we just must be careful with them and how many we use. I really want to learn CSS and do more on my own vs them. I hope to take a class this summer on it. Thanks for coming by and answering the question Harleena. Have a great week!

  • Santanu says:

    Thanks for this great list of plug ins . Well i also love plug ins and my favorite is CommentLuv Premium ,WPTouch, SEO Yoast . My problem is whatever good plugin i come accorss ,i used to use it and because of it my site loading time increased considerably , So now i am decreasing number of plugin but still my site runs on 45 plugin 🙂

    Anyway ,

    Thanks & Regards

    • Lisa says:

      OH my, 45 plugins! Wow, that is a lot Santanu. Interesting I haven’t heard of anyone using that many. Are they all active too? If you decreased how many did you have? Thanks for sharing Santanu on this topic. Much appreciated.

      • Santanu says:

        HI Lisa,

        Thanks for your reply , Well yes all 45 plugins are active as they are must have plugin for any blog, still i am trying to find which plugin taking lots of time to load and disabling them. I am using P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin for finding such plugin. You can try this. Its a great plugin for finding which plugin causing your blog to load slow.

        Thanks & Regards

  • Kita says:

    Never heard about the mobile one I may have to look into that. I don’t use a plug in for my analytics I just paste the code they give me in my editor sheet thingy and that seems to work well for my analytic.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Kita, maybe your theme is alreaady mobile? That’s the best scenario before putting in a plug-in. Do check it out. I want to put mine in the editor vs. the plug-in. I just need another 24 hours every day 🙂 Thanks for coming by Kita and enjoy the rest of your week.

  • Bren says:

    Yea! This post is right up my alley Lisa! Thanks for the shout out! I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some plugins and am always looking for better ones than I’m currently using. However, I’ve found in the past, it’s easy to install but some are a booger to uninstall as they sometimes leave trace behind in the secret file box. :mrgreen: I current favorite is Wordfence and am seriously considering going pro just so I can block out those blasted COUNTRIES that keep trying to access my blog and wreak havoc. My 2nd fav has gotta be WordPress Jetpack. There are sooooo many goodies hidden up in that package! I get overly excited when I talk about it. And does Jetpack slow down my sites? The last time I checked, last month, I was still in the 90’s for site speed. So I’m definitely content!

    Awesome post gf and ditch that Yoast! haha I don’t understand it so I don’t use it. 😳

    • Lisa says:

      LOL Bren, I know you really LOVE plug-ins 🙂 Secret file box? Do tell! That’s my fear with changing some up. Jetpack, is it FREE or a paid version Bren? I know how much you have raved about it. I’m still debating on Yoast. I’m afraid all my titles will be messed up and more. I may need a long weekend like Memorial Day weekend to work on that one and check out the new theme I won. I’ll have to use that other plug-in “maintenance mode” during it as well. 90’s is awesome Bren. I bet you could design other’s WordPress sites for money GF!

      • Bren says:

        Some of those plugins leave traces in some of our .php files and stuff. I’ve heard horror stories! Eek! Yes, Jetpack is FREE and it’s fabulous imo. If you decide to use it, I think you’ll find many of it’s options super helpful and fabulous. 🙂 Oh I can’t wait to see new themes go up! How exciting! I don’t know too much of that Yoast and your titles but it does sound scary. That’s kind of like a plugin leaving traces in secret files! You remove it but yet it hides in the nooks and cranies and screws things up. 👿 I think you’ll like the Maintenance Mode plugin and see why I use it. It’s so easy!

        As for designing, NO WAY! Give me a premium theme and I can tweak it and add plugins but other than that, nope, ain’t gonna do it and ya can’t make me! :mrgreen:

        • Lisa says:

          Geez, you really scared me now Bren. I don’t think I can eliminate my Yoast ever. And I don’t think Jetpack and it would go together well. I will research on that one. I can’t make you? You would be so good at it Bren. You are very creative and not afraid to change things up a bit. You are FEARLESS with WordPress 🙂 Thanks for the info on these plug-ins GF.

          • Bren says:

            Didn’t mean to scare you. I would look into those who have removed Yoast and see what they found out. I can’t sway you from it cause I don’t understand that plugin. I’m sure whatever you decide, you’ll be fine. Just remember, as long as you have a back up, all is well! :mrgreen:

  • Corina Ramos says:

    Thanks for this great list of bloggers and plugins Lisa! It really helps take the stress out of researching for the right plugin especially for folks like me who are just learning the ropes about WordPress and all the plugins that can make it run more effectively.

    You’re right about Bren in that she’s been sharing some great plugins. As a matter of fact I still need to install the Maintenance Mode she recommended on one of her posts. I’ll definitely check out the other great bloggers you mentioned. 🙂

    I recently installed Yoast and I have noticed my website is taking a little more time loading. I suspected that was affecting it but I don’t trust my technical instincts just yet. However, I have noticed a little more traffic since installing this plugin too…what to do, what to do 🙂

    Thanks again for putting this post together. Have a great new week Lisa!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Corina, You are welcome. I still have Yoast myself, I really do love it most of the time. Good to know about the traffic increase from it. If it’s only a second or two more with the speed I would not worry so much. Thanks for sharing about your plug-ins Corina and enjoy the rest of the week!

  • Ellen M. Gregg says:

    I love plug-ins, but they need to have a good purpose, and fulfill that purpose.
    I’ve been using Yoast for a while now, but it doesn’t like short posts, and it doesn’t “work” if you don’t have a strong keyword. As I’m leaning toward blogging a little more frequently, my posts are going to be shorter, and they may very will be less focus-driven. If that’s the case, I won’t be using Yoast for those posts, and it might be I don’t need it at all.
    JetPack comes with a mobile feature, and it works great. My theme (Mantra, a free theme) has a mobile-friendly setting, too, as does WordPress settings, I believe. I just JetPack comments, and am happy with that function, too.
    Mantra also has a setting for a favicon, so I just uploaded it to the media library, checked the appropriate box in Mantra’s settings, and voila. 🙂
    Great post, Lisa! 🙂

    • Ellen M. Gregg says:

      I *use* JetPack comments. 😉

    • Lisa says:

      Ellen, I like that – purposeful plug-ins. I’ve been hearing some good things from others on the JetPack. So I did figure right, certain themes do provide what some plug-ins offer. I’m excited to try out a new one that I won recently from Logallot. Thanks for coming by and for your input Ellen. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  • Debbie says:

    I love the CommentLuv Premium with the added extras of G.A.S.P. anti-spam and ReplyMe. The nrelate Flyout, which showed related posts, was good until it stopped working. 🙁 May have to uninstall that if they can’t offer a solution. Been waiting for days now. Jetpack is great for site stats and comments. I’ve heard it’s not good to have too many plug ins and I have 18 of them. Is that too many? I’ve been reading Bren’s posts and installed the Wordfence as well.

    • Lisa says:

      Me too Debbie, those extra’s are sure great. I hadn’t used that one. I like the one for most popular posts – the widget. I think 18 is okay, I have 17 I currently use. Make it 18 with WordFence I believe. I installed it too just after reading Bren’s post on it. She is always changing things up and becoming an expert on them. Thanks for coming by Debbie and enjoy the rest of the week!

  • Keral Patel says:

    At the very start I just remove askismet and hello dolly. 😛

    I had some old plugins from 2007 era but the new plugins do the same job that 3 old plugins would do.

    So I am shifting to new plugins and deleting the old ones [Not just disabling. But after disabling and seeing that all things are good enough for a day or two] I delete the plugin files itself from the plugins folder. 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      That’s great Keral that one can do the job of what 3 did prior. I agree, good to disable and wait before deleting a day or so. Excellent point, thanks for sharing with us today Keral and have an awesome week.

    • Carolyn says:

      Good call, Keral. I have yet to read a blog post that says Hello Dolly is a must-have plugin. You have to wonder why it’s included with WordPress!

  • Cynthia says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I love plug ins. I have been trying to reduce the number of plugs ins that I have. I love CommentLuv, it is the best.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Cynthia, which ones would you reduce by? Yes CommentLuv is the BEST one. Thanks for coming by and have a great new week Cynthia!

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