WordPress plugins are helpful. But they can also slow a site down, invite hackers and even cause a Google penalty.
These are my top five considerations when choosing a WordPress plugin.
5 WordPress Plugin Considerations
- The plugin is vetted by WordPress.
- It is popular.
- Changelog indicates plugin is not abandoned.
- Support participation and feedback indicate a healthy plugin.
- It doesn’t overlap with a currently installed plugin.
1. The Plugin Is Vetted by WordPress
Some paid plugins don’t have a free version. But many of the most respected plugins have a paid premium version and a free version that is vetted and included in the official WordPress plugin repository.
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The fact that a free version has been vetted by WordPress provides assurance (to me) that there is some kind of quality control.
If a serious issue is discovered with a free plugin, WordPress will remove the download from its repository.
Coding that results in a vulnerability or a state of…