When I was working on an issue on one of my sites today I was flabbergasted to realise that I had installed over 40 plugins on that WordPress site. Sometimes I will install a plugin because it sounds interesting and is a neat new feature to add. Or it may be add some useful functionality in the back-end.
But it’s a bit like adding extra options to your car: at what point does it negatively impact performance and when does it start to look garish?
I’m trying an experiment. On that site I have switched off all plugins for 24 hours.
It has had no impact on the front-end.
Why 24 hours? Simply to give my brain a break and come back to it fresh.
Then I will switch on 1 plugin at a time to determine if I really need it. I don’t want to keep adding plugins without a good business reason. Loading and activating more plugins invariably affects performance, increases the chance of conflicts and opens up security risks. Even JetPack had a security risk recently.
My view on reflection is that less is more.
WordPress for example was built to be pretty robust out of the box.
I’ll let you know how my experiment goes and maybe what plugins I settled on for a regular site.