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?
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