Plugins are an essential part of any successful WordPress website. They can be used to increase your site’s functionality, to add additional features, and to perform tasks that would take hours of coding to accomplish otherwise.
However, it can be hard to choose the right plugins for your website. Using too many plugins can impact your site load speed, which in turn can impact your SEO score and general search engine rankings.
With this in mind, I’ve put together a short list of my top seven tips for choosing the right plugins for your website design project. They include:
- Think About What You Need Them To Do
As I’ve already said, there’s no point using too many plugins because they will only have a detrimental affect on your website. What you really need to do is think carefully about the things you need your plugins to do and choose them accordingly.
That being said, don’t be scared of using plugins that are actually useful – their benefits usually far outweigh any negative impacts that they might have.
- Use Versatile Plugins
There are plenty of plugins out there that are quite versatile with a range of features. I’d recommend using these, rather than using a number of smaller plugins.
For example, it’s quite easy to find gallery style plugins which also let you add social media buttons and sharing features, helping to improve your social media marketing efforts and presence on social media. Similarly, a lot of the best SEO plugins contain a complete suite of SEO tools.