Could Plugless Websites Be Like Running Naked Online?

Plugless Websites

Would a plugless website make it easier for you?

Plugins are not my favorite technical thing when it comes to blogging. If I could have a plugless blog I would do it in a heartbeat at times. We would miss many of the functions of our favorite plugins but it would save us time along the way.

I almost lost the entire blog once to a plugin. Would being without plugins be like running naked online? What would we expose our blogs too?

plugless websites


Plugin Functions

Plugins are a program or a set of one or more functions. They can customize your blogs or website easily with a quick install. The trick is, some plugins do not work with other plugins.

You may not know until you try. Always backup before you test any new plugin. I recently added a new one last week and was having issues with my cache plugin.

It would not let some people leave comments here. I was fortunate that the developers responded to my email quickly and took care of it. Then, I was a beta tester for it and knew that going in. I felt it was a plugin made just for me with hashtags – for my Twitter time.

A plugless website or blog is really like a naked one. It is stripped of customization, bells and whistles, and other functions.

Exposure to Viruses


Plugless websites without plugins like WordFence would be exposing our blogs to viruses. (Unless the coding is done right) You would not want your blog to get sick, would you?

That is what can happen without those sometimes nasty plugins to save our blogs from getting sick. Just liking running naked and catching a cold (if you believe that old myth) running your blog or website without these can cause them to become ill.

It would make it easier for those spammers to infect us with their malware and spamminess on our plugless websites.

Of course, if you are a programmer you can set your code and be done with it. No need for that plugin. It would save your website speed too at times.

How Many Plugins Are Too Many?

There really are no averages but the biggest concern many people have is SPEED. No one wants to visit a slow website or blog. Everyone wants everything FAST these days, right?

83 Plugins!

But wait, someone has 83 plugins and that WordPress site is fast? It’s not the number of plugins but the QUALITY of them.

Plugins that load a lot of scripts can slow down your down. (That’s when plugless websites would win over.) Other plugins that make a lot of database calls are also the cause of slowing websites down.

Complex commands like the related posts plugins can cause large blogs to slow down and eventually crash. Yikes!  How many of us have that plugin?

The solution would be a larger server. You can learn how to check for the speed and weight of each plugin as well. You could use a P3 plugin performance checker. Yes, it’s a plugin but you can disable and delete it after you test your own plugins out.

Plugless Websites or Plugins?

Check out this infographic on the state of WordPress plugins that may be vulnerable on your blog or website: Makes me wonder whether I’d switch the eCommerce sites to WordPress or NOT!

Love to hear from someone with an eCommerce site done in WordPress.

Top WordPress Plugins are Vulnerable � Reported by CheckMarx

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.
*Data on infographics from August 2013

Your turn on Plugless Websites

Does this infographic make you concerned about using plugins on your website or blog?

How many plugins are you running on your WordPress site? What other website would you choose if not WordPress? I’d love to know more in the comments below.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    I didn’t know that a plugless blog can be sick. Wow…thanks for telling us about this. Well, you know it’s impossible for me not to have any plugins since I am not a programmer. But I don’t have too many. Well, I think on other people standard of having a FEW plugins only (like 12 of them at the most)…perhaps having 20 plugins are way too many but I do need all of these plugins and so far so good. I don’t think it’s crippling my speed. So far so good.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Angela, I’m just over the 20 mark. Some have triple digits. It’s more the quality vs quantity with them too. I have to re-check my speed, it’s been a while. Thanks for coming by and have a great day ahead.

  • Kuldeep says:


    Yeah you are right blog’s without plugins are like plugless, but using so many plugins is also not recommended.

    thanks for the share.

  • Sonia says:

    OMG! I have too many and I know it, but someone has 83 and it still runs fast? Who is this person. Lets talk! Seriously, I am constantly reviewing plugins and if they don’t work the way I like, they are gone. A while back, I would leave them dormant never realizing that it slowed down my blogs speed. I know I can still improve my speeds, but some are so hard to part with. I think the more simplistic I make my site the easier it will be to get rid of them. Work in progress. LOL!

    When I worked in eCommerce, we had a team of engineers fighting intrusions and viruses for and their software was known to be one of the best. I think at the end of the day, it boils down to what you have and what you aren’t paying attention to. I remember someone saying to get rid or don’t download plugins that haven’t been updated and those I avoid like the plague. Good post Lisa!

    • Lisa says:

      I Sonia, I thought the same thing too – amazing how it didn’t hurt the site. It’s more about quality then quantity, like almost anything else right? Me too, I’m always reviewing mine as well. I didn’t know that in the beginning either and used to leave them in case I ever needed them back. Not anymore. Once they are gone I delete them. Goodbye! Hope all is well Sonia and have a great rest of the week there!

  • Donna Merrill says:

    HI Lisa.

    When it comes to plugins, I am a hands off kinda gal. I don’t chase after all those shiny things that come out. Plus I know my limitations. There are always updates and back ups and all this stuff confuses the heck out of me.

    This is why I pay a trusted friend who does it all for me. DIFY The do it for you is the way I like to roll. I’ve heard of too many stories of how plugins can break your blog. And I would be the first to admit I would do that if I tried. I think folks really need to know how to do it and research the plugin before they install it. But that is the limit of my knowledge. lol


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Donna, oh yes, research prior to using it is a must! I think you know more than you let on Donna. It’s amazing how much we learn via blogging through the years. There are some things I’d love to hire someone to do and may do next year. Part of my bucket list. Thanks for your input Donna and enjoy the rest of your week. Are you settled in the new place?

  • Manny says:

    Yes I am wondering about that too. Could a blog still rank without plugins installed? Well, based from my opinion, Google is now content based. Plugins wont matter if Google is only looking at content. But that does not mean that plugins do not play a role in SEO anymore.

    • Lisa says:

      Manny, great point. I think if you had one that was plugless but with the right codes it would be fine for SEO, right? They just help us less technically advanced folks to maintain websites 🙂 I’d love to learn more coding to have less plugins. On my bucket list. Thanks for coming by and have a great day.

  • Rama says:

    Hey Lisa, I am not using much of Plugins currently, say about 5-10 but 83 seems like a big number though not surely healthy enough for your website. I rather prefer only use that I really require as in this case all that glitters might not be gold. By the way backing up data is a great advice. Thanks a lot for that.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Rama, Welcome to Inspire to Thrive. That’s great. I wish I could run on that few but after reading this as long as they are not taking up lots of space and such it’s okay too. You are welcome for that tidbit. Easy to forget sometimes. Have a great day ahead.

  • Mayura says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Your Nature blog is plug-in-less. Isn’t it? :mrgreen:

    Actually, plugins are injecting code snippets into the site dear 🙂 Even if you manually code and apply ’em into your theme, the performance can be affected. It depends on how it written, with whom it communicates, where you place it and such factors. Even scripts can be written to minimize the page load time, and now many developers are following that. So, plugins get updates time to time with new features and other improvements. Quite convenient compared to coding everything though 🙂

    Caching plugins and effective compression techniques can be helpful on boosting the performance, as they prevent loading everything from scratch in some points 🙂 Even an effective CDN service can immensely helpful on improving the performance too. For example, Facebook uses a CDN service 😳 You can imagine millions dropping by, eh?

    Having 83 plugins and faster performance is very cool Lisa 🙂 I’ve only came across a site with 62 plugins or something. Mostly bloggers trying to eliminate the plugins and lower their counter. But it’s not the idea behind it. Yeah, eliminating can help improving performance and it’s recommended if don’t use ’em anymore. One thing I usually find is that bloggers have multiple plugins which does the same thing 🙂

    Mind you, even with all the security plugins, still we need to be careful Lisa 🙂 Sometimes hackers get in to our site via security holes in the security plugins too. Even WordPress developers have to update their platform frequently. Actually, it’s not developers make mistakes knowingly, but hackers do try find weaker points. If you can recall, lately Facebook had issues too. Fortunately, the issues were found by ethical hackers not violent ones 😉 Each time we improve security, hackers spend lot of time finding opportunities to break the code. it’s never ending 😯

    BTW nice to see you embedded a Facebook post up here and the Infographic is very informative too Lisa 🙂

    You have a GREAT week there!


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Mayura, yes, all Blogger blogs are right? Good to hear many are making the plugins with scripts to minimize the page load time Mayura. I can only imagine millions dropping by 🙂 Good point about using multiple plugins for the same reason. I could not embed that Facebook image, I had to do a screen print and make a jpeg, I read it wasn’t available to all yet. Still waiting. Glad ou liked the infographic. They sometimes inspire me to do a post when I find a good one. Enjoy the rest of your week, it’s almost Friday there – lucky you 🙂

  • Pramod says:

    83 Plugins without affecting load time of a blog? . Yes that’s possible if the plugin isn’t much heavy and it’s code don’t take much time to execute. We can monitor the performance of the plugins through P3 profiler plugin .. I removed some plugins after running the P3 profiler’s test on my WordPress blog as they hampered the load time of my blog . Anyways, Thanks for sharing the information Lisa !


    • Lisa says:

      Imagine that Pramod? I used that one too, interesting what it shows. You are welcome and thanks for coming by, Enjoy the rest of your week Pramod.

  • Pst Bless says:

    Hi Lisa, thanks for this great post, it has gone viral already.

    If not for the availability of hawkers and the likes, one would not have bothered to hunt for plugins. However, it is fun, i mean real fun to have good plugins on your site.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Pst. Plugins are fun for most bloggers until they cause something to go haywire 🙁 I guess it’s like any technology, great when it works, and miserable when it doesn’t, right?

  • Tim Bonner says:

    Hi Lisa

    I’m currently sitting at 31 plugins and many of them are functional back end ones that I need to work with Genesis.

    Otherwise, I’d have to mess about with code. I recently did that and brought down my website for 30 minutes so I won’t be doing that again for a while!

    Thank you for the mention. I’d definitely recommend people trying out the combination of using WP Super Cache with CloudFlare.

    I know it doesn’t work well for everyone and every WordPress theme but the Rocket Loader and AutoMinify options have really helped my blog’s speed.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Tim, I noticed that Cloudfare is available via my Cpanel too, I will be contacting Hostgator to see how it will work for my blog, thanks for your info Tim. Amazing how different themes and plugins work together or NOT work together. Have a wonderful day!

  • William Butler says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Having a website without plugins is quite an interesting idea, but with today’s technology, and sophisticated hackers, you need all the protection you can get. I use 14 plugins, one of which is “Real IP 4 Comments” and then send the IP into Cloudflare Threat Control as a rule denying access to the website.

    I actually have two plugins that I seldom use and am considering removing them.

    Hope this is helpful for your next blog post.

    Kind Regards,

    • Lisa says:

      Hi William, I’ve heard of Cloudflare from Tim Bonner and am thinking of using that one in the near future too. 2nd time I’ve heard it this week. I saw your post this a.m. and really liked it, ran out of commenting time, I will be back 🙂 It was inspiring. Thanks for coming by and for your input William.

  • Adrienne says:

    Ah, good old plugins Lisa! Most of us who use WordPress just can’t do without them. I sure can’t.

    My post on Thursday is a yearly one I do and I’ll be sharing which plugins I use and recommend. They change yearly too, some I don’t need anymore while some I hope I never get rid of. 😉

    At the moment I have 16 plugins and two of those will be going away soon.

    As you know I’m beta testing the Anti Backlink plugin for Andy so that will be included in CommentLuv Premium and the stand alone one will disappear.

    Because of Ashvini coming to my rescue once again I’ve now been able to get rid of yet another plugin because it’s not necessary because of a code he created for me so I’m thrilled about that and have been doing the happy dance celebrating.

    I’m also testing an addition to Share Juice Pro for Ashvini so when this new update is released I’ll have one more I can get rid that I’ll no longer need because he’s included that in this plugin as well.

    Because I do use Thesis the coding part is really really easy for me and I only have one plugin that I use with just that theme. So whenever possible I prefer using code instead of a plugin and trust me, I’m no coder. I’ll research how to do something online and if it’s easy to do I do it myself. If it’s not then I email Ashvini for help.

    I had a bad experience a little over a year ago with a really cool plugin that was just neat to use. It did some fancy things with the headers in my posts and I just loved it. The problem was that eventually the plugin stopped working and I had to go back through every single one of my posts and change the stupid headers. So although it made the post look so much more attractive I learned a valuable lesson. Not every developer will continue to upgrade their plugin and eventually a good bit of them will just quit working. Urrrgggg. I stick with the basics and no more fancy stuff for me.

    I can appreciate this post and for the most part besides the caching plugins I’ve never really had any issues with them disrupting my blog or something breaking. I even had Ashvini install the caching plugin for me and it still wouldn’t play nice with my blog so we just got rid of that one and I’ve never used one. I’ve tried but they just hate me for some reason. Oh well.

    Thanks Lisa and enjoyed this post.


    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Adrienne, wow, you have had some experiences both good and bad with those plugins too. I will be looking forward to your post on Thurday! That’s great – only 16. Does Ashvini provide such services at a cost? Love to change my theme next year. Been thinking about it, because it’s custom its a bear to change. Tried a few times and way too tricky for me. I can’t imagine having to do all my headers over now, wow, that sounds like a major bummer for you. I remember having to update all my old ones from blogger and some images still need a fix as well. It’s like that good old housework Adrienne. And that needs cleaning too. I hope you have a great rest of the week ther and so glad you did go dancing with the family. I don’t think I’ve seen the videos yet?

  • Tom Jamieson says:

    Hi Lisa, another great post for sure! I always try to find plugins with more than one of the functions I am looking for – that way I have fewer total plugins. However, I also don’t see the point of paying for a plugin if there is a free one that will do the same or similar job. As far as a plugless website, the only way to accomplish that would be to write the plugin code directly into your site instead of using the plugin itself. I have done that for some functions on my blog — most recently when I wrote a post about using redirects where I recorded a video showing how to update the .htaccess file instead of using a redirect plugin. At least that way you aren’t weighing down your site unnecessarily when possible. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration and have a great week!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Tom, That’s nice that you can do that. I will have to check that post out again. I believe I do have a re-direct plugin. Amazing how many technical things we must learn along the way too. It really is a never ending learning process. Thanks for coming by and for your input on this one.

  • Ashvini says:

    Hi Lisa,

    There is ideally no limit for number of plugins that one can have. There are two important parts to the equation. The database queries and the amount of new CSS/JS files it loads ( every plugin, if it has one will lead to a lot of CSS files being loaded). WordPress is a really lightweight system .
    Fortunately the CSS/JS files can be cached by cache plugins but it is difficult to cache query results ( esp if they are writing data to database during the load). WordPress is optimized for requesting data, though in a case I have seen that even that too did not work that well.
    It is the job of developer to make queries as fine tuned as possible.
    For security aspect, one needs to be more careful. Even the best laid plugins may be open to attack because of small vulnerability. The important point is to check if plugin accepts external input ( like from a form). If yes, it needs to be validated and sanitized before it is saved in database.
    The best defense is regular backup of your blog however.
    Thanks for this post. Really loved it 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ashvini, interesing – so the cache plays an important role too? Love to know more on that as I had issues with cache plugin earlier but got that resulted a few days back. It wasn’t allowing people to leave comments here. I imagine the host too is another important role in the speed of them. So many things that revolve around other “things” on our blogs. Thank you Ashvini for explaining that here in more detail. Would love to have you do a guest post on cache’s 🙂 Backup and backup, always a must – have a great day Ashvini.

      • Ashvini says:

        HI Lisa,

        I am not an expert on Cache concept but all I can say is that a good cache plugin minify and combine css so that they are delivered as one file. This reduces the load time of blog because many files lead to many loading requests on the blog and they cause it to slow down.
        Also a good cache plugin produces static pages which can be stored on external ( or your own ) server and can be delivered fast on demand.
        If the blog is slow, I usually look for images that are big or a files that are taking a lot of time to load ( using chrome tools).
        I will be glad to write a post for you. I think it could be “demystifying plugins” 🙂

  • Prince Jobs says:

    Hi Lisa,
    This is my first time on your site and, I really love what you’re doing here indeed. I also think that Plugins can harm our blog in so many ways but, its one of those things we cannot afford to do without on our sites.

    Lets just try and use less of it to avoid load time issues.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you and welcome to Inspire To Thrive! So true, we can’t live with them or without them. I have cut done over the years with this website as I did run into issues along the way. Called them the nasty plugins 🙂 Hope to see you again here and have a great week ahead.

  • Theodore Nwangene says:

    Interesting post Lisa,
    I really resonated with you on this. I also wish I could have a plugless site because, in as much as it gives so many awesome functions to our blogs, it can also be a big threat if care is not taken.

    But, I think we cannot not get rid of it entirely but, its best to limit the number of it on our blogs so that it won’t be slowing down the load time of the blogs.

    Awesome Inforgraphic BTW, Thanks for sharing :).

  • What an amazing title you give to your post. I use around 20 plugins for my wordpress blogs,

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Jitendra, trying to get more creative with my titles these days. 20 is a good amount of plugins. I’m just a tad over that point at the moment. Thanks for coming by and welcome to Inspire to Thrive.

  • Ray says:

    I try to limit the number of plugins to around 20 and preferably less if possible. I recently went through my list and some of them didn’t even exist for download anymore. Others hadn’t been updated in a long time. Not that a lack of an update makes one vulnerable for sure, but it is nice to see plugins being updated several times per year.

    WordPress itself has been known to have security and vulnerability issues that get patched with new releases. A plugless website may reduce the chances, but it’s not a sure bet either. Even a hosts server could have vulnerabilities if they don’t do a decent job at keeping the server up-to-date and secure.

    I try to keep things updated and pay attention to log files and other activity as much as possible. As well as keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

    Anyway it doesn’t surprise me that a lot of plugins have various risk factors.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ray, that’s a sign if they haven’t been updated in a long time, a sign to say goodbye! Great point about the host servers too Ray, something we don’t think about as often. Thanks for coming by with your input on this one Ray, have a great day.

  • Jeevan Jacob John says:

    83 Plugins, wow? That’s really a lot!

    But, I agree. It comes down to the quality of the plugins, not quantity. But, then again, it is good to have a rule of thumb – a guideline to keep us in check 😉 Bloggers like us don’t actually need 83 plugins, do we?

    I am planning to limit my dependence on plugins (not just because it affects my site speed). But in a way, plugins are vulnerable. Sometimes, a developer may stop updating a certain plugin. Or perhaps the plugin could have a security loop hole?

    Another reason is that I am planning to enforce my minimalistic ideas to my blog (I had tried that with my other blog, but I plan to enforce it more actively in my second blog). So, perhaps I could build a plugless site (If I do manage to learn programming and add code manually to my theme :D).

    For those worried about site speed, they could invest money into buying dedicated hosting 😀

    Anyways, I do appreciate the post, Lisa 🙂 Thanks!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Jeevan, I don’t think we need 83 but maybe we are missing something? (kidding) They can be vulnerable Jeevan and I cringe whenever I add a new one or have updates. I’d love to see a plugless site, let me know if you do go ahead with that one Jeevan. Oh yes, pay more for hosting would help with speed too 🙂 You are welcome and have a great day there Jeevan.

  • Carolyn says:

    Lisa, I would love to have 83 plugins! I am a plugin addict. I would love to have bright and shiny new plugins. But I am trying to be good. I used to have over 50 but I’m down to 31 now. Aren’t you proud of me?

    You’re exactly right, people should be wary of plugins. When I’ve had problems with my blog, the issue is often a new plugin that was added that doesn’t play nicely with my theme or my other plugins.

    • Lisa says:

      Carolyn, you would? I guess if they did awesome things why not? Wow you had 50? I’m proud of your 30 girl! I swear I’ll dream or have a nightmarea on the use of plugins and themes one of these days 🙂 Thanks for coming by Carolyn.

      • Carolyn says:

        Yes, I really would. Every time I read about a plugin that a fellow blogger has reviewed positively, I think that it’s a “must have” and that The Wonder of Tech would wither without it. I’ve really got to get over that! 😯

  • Ellen M. Gregg says:

    Haha! Thanks for the shout-out, Lisa! 😀

    So, I use an ecommerce plugin on (a WordPress site), and 1) it works, and 2) I’ve had no problems with it. After reading your post, though, I remember seeing a setting that results in the entire shopping process (not just checkout, which integrates with PayPal) being secure. I need to go back and take a closer look at it. I think I left it unchecked, because there is the possibility of some people having certificate issues. hmm…

    At any rate, great post. You’ve got me thinking, as per usual. I appreciate it, even if it does sometimes give me more homework to do. 😉

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ellen, thanks for that one. I haven’t heard of it as I don’t do my ecommerce sites in WordPress (yet.) Do they cost a bit too? Curious now. Glad I got you thinking as well. I like to pass my overload thoughts on 🙂 Have a great day ahead Ellen!

  • Corina Ramos says:

    Wow…83 plugins and I was worried with my 18 or so plugins LOL. I’m weary about trying new plugins. I like to see what other bloggers are saying about it before trying out myself. 🙂

    I’ve been lucky so far in that I haven’t had any serious issues with plugins other than slow time and one plugin affecting another.

    The infographic you shared has got a lot of great information we should look at carefully. It just proves we have to stay on top of our blogs. Now I’m off to check out Barry’s video!

    Hope you’re off to a great Monday! Have an awesome week Lisa! See you in the socialverse

    • Lisa says:

      Me too Corina! I’m always weary about them as well. Scares me each time I add one. That is good you haven’t encountered any wrath from any plugin. Enjoy Barry’s video and see you back in the socialverse. Love that word Corina! Thanks for taking time to comment and come by.

  • Angie M Jordan says:

    I have always heard that the more plugins you have, the slower your site will be. Never thought it had anything to do with the quality of plugins, but I am always learning something new. (There is a ton to learn when it comes to websites and especially speed). Thanks for the great post!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Angie, me too until I read that piece on the 83 plugins. You are right, always something new to learn each day. You are welcome and glad you came by to check it out. Have a great day!

  • Barry Wells says:

    Hi Lisa,

    It’s an ongoing issue that we face. In my opinion we should only use the plugins that we really need. In the video I mention the scenario that people face as they make their way around other blogs… Thanks for including the link to my video Lisa, much appreciated 🙂

    We see something that impresses us and want it as well…. We can load them up and try them out but we really do need to be careful.

    Fortunately I’ve only ever had an issue with one causing issues and that was WP Super Cache, sending my blog into a series of text only being displayed.

    A great tip on backing up before adding new plugins.

    An additional tip: Have a journal where you log changes made and add new plugins to it along with dates added. If you see anything strange happening refer to journal and de-activate last plugin added.

    Thanks again Lisa, nice of you to share 🙂


    • Carolyn says:

      Hi Barry, I love that journal idea! So often I will add or update a plugin, or a series of updates, and then things go haywire. I’m left trying to remember which plugins I added or updated recently.

      • Barry Wells says:

        Hi Carolyn, that’s why I started doing it…

        After the issue I had with Super Cache I was left scratching my head while I figured it out. That can be so frustrating 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      I guess so, it’s never ending like our blogs Barry. Great video… I like that idea of having a journal. I think I did that once but did not keep it up. It’s a great idea, thanks Barry for adding that one here. You are welcome too as it was an awesome video and do have a great week there ahead.

  • Bren says:

    😯 83 plugins? Holy Moly! I hate stumbling upon a slow loading website and I don’t know if it’s always a plugin issue but possible a slow server. You get what you pay for kinda thing, right? I try to keep the minimal plugins but I also like functional widgets. I continue to play between jetpack share buttons and digg digg. I know some people say jetpack has slowed down their site but never has mine. I try to look for the best plugins but who really knows what is best, right? We are all biased in the ones we use.

    I still can’t get past 83! 🙄 smh

    • Lisa says:

      Bren, can you imagine that? I can’t. Keeping track of 83 plugins. That would do me in! You still have DiggDigg? I used to love that one until ShareJuice. Try, we do love the ones we use 🙂 Thanks for popping by to check this one out Bren and have a wonderful day ahead, we made it past Monday 🙂

  • Hi Lisa!

    83! Gosh! I thought that having over 15-20 was too much already 🙂

    But you are right, it’s not the quantity but the quality of plugin that matters, though even then don’t sooooo many plugins make your blog heavy? Interesting infographic as well. I think what matters most is that we use those plugins that we really need, and totally remove the ones we don’t or aren’t using even from the database – less is better.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      I know Harleena, huh? That sounds like a real lot. Great point about removing them from the data base as well Harleena. A good reminder for me to get back into my cpanel. Not my favorite place to go 🙂 Have a great day ahead there Harleena and thanks for coming by.

  • Arindam says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Very nice Infographic. Presently I am not using any Plugin for my website. Is it really helpful? Thanks for share!!

  • Leora says:

    Oh, yes, the allure of that next shiny plugin! I’ve seen too many new bloggers load up on every shiny plugin they see, only to find they now have a bloated database, and they can’t even remember which one does what.

    Good idea to backup each time you add a new one. Proceed with caution! I’m more likely to have issues, however, with one I’ve used for years with no problem. Then there’s an upgrade – the updates don’t always go so well. I usually read several reviews before adding a new plugin.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Leora, oh yes, that can happen quite easily too. Great point on the backup. I always check the plugins before using as well, if they have been updated recently and if there are reviews, etc on them. Updates can make a mess as well. I would love to just use code some day – on my bucket list 🙂 Thanks for coming by and have a nice week ahead Leora.

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