WordPress Plugin “Best Practices”

metal gears wordpress

WordPress Plugin “Best Practices”

Fascination or confusion???

No matter the user level — WordPress beginner or seasoned veteran — everyone wants to know more about WordPress plugins!”

No matter the user level — WordPress beginner or seasoned “veteran” — everyone wants to know more about WordPress plugins!

I’m not sure why that is, but I suspect it’s a combination of factors:

  • Plugins are an integral element of WordPress
  • The WordPress Codex (http://wordpress.org/plugins/) defines plugins this way:
Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine."
  • By design, the WordPress “core” is purposely lean to keep things fast and simple, allowing you — casual blogger, WordPress webmaster, or front-end designer — to decide which custom features you want or need.

However, the sheer number of plugins — 30,630 at this writing, encompassing a staggering 643,433,380 downloads — can be daunting to even the most seasoned WordPress user.

One of the most common requests I hear as a WordPress Coach concerns “evaluating plugins.” Another common concern is “how many is too many? Will they slow down my site?”

These are all valid concerns. I address these questions and more in my presentation on WordPress Plugin Best Practices.


What’s Your Plugin Experience?

  • What plugin questions or challenges do you have?
  • Do you have a favorite plugin?
  • Have you tried to solve a particular need with a plugin and been unsuccessful?

Leave me a comment in the Feedback section below.

h&m online

About the Author

Karen McCamyKaren is a WordPress Trainer & Coach. She currently teaches WP101 in Los Angeles, and a Girl-Develop-It class where you build your own website from the ground up!View all posts by Karen McCamy →