WordPress Plugin Pros and Cons
November 29, 2018
WordPress is an open-source Content Management System – in other words, it is a free-to-use platform that can serve as the foundation of a website to enable the admin to update the site content without having to know how to code. It stands above other content management systems by being SEO friendly, easy to manage, and simple to use.
Additionally, there are thousands of plug-ins, widgets, and themes available for WordPress, all with the capacity of supporting fully functioning websites and providing a high-quality web experience.
So What are WordPress Plugins, Anyway?
WordPress plugins are the individual pieces of software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the functionality of any WordPress website. For example, if you want to add, say, a gallery to your website, a plugin can be enabled on the site to automatically integrate that functionality within the admin.
While this can be a great advantage, there are in fact some disadvantages to using plugins as well.
ADVANTAGES OF WP PLUGINS
There Are Plenty of Options. Adding new functionality to a WordPress site can be as easy as searching for a plugin in the WordPress Plugin Repository and installing that plugin. It’s extremely easy to do, and with the volume of plugins available, it’s likely you’ll find one that matches your need.
Make Your Admin More Substantial. Plugins can allow an admin to easily add new menus and options to site pages, add fields to those pages, and organize these options into multiple tabs and settings sections.
Save Yourself Time. Using WordPress plugins, it can often be fairly simple to expand your site functionality without having to spend many hours manually developing code. A host of new features that can be added to your website with a few clicks, no code required.’
Bring in a Third-Party. Using plugins, WordPress can quickly integrate a website with other platforms like Google Analytics, social media, a shopping cart, and other third-party platforms.
DISADVANTAGES OF WP PLUGINS
It’s a Buggy World Out There. While every plugin is likely to have a good amount of bugs, the even more pressing issue is the many plugins out there that are poorly coded. Poorly designed plugins can cause destruction on website in many ways; security issues, breaking functionality, and more.
You Still Have a Need For Speed. The flexibility of WordPress plugins can lead to a website adding too many features, and as such, can poorly affect website speed. When a user visits a WordPress website, the platform first loads its core files and then loads all other active plugins; as such, a plethora of plugins can mean an intolerably long load time.
Abandonment Issues. Most WordPress plugins are created by a community including both development companies and small freelancers. In either case, there’s no guarantee of long-term support as the author can drop the project at any time for any reason. Abandoned WordPress plugins can put a site at risk of security problems, and an abandoned plugin can be a bear to replace if it no longer functions.
We Can Be Conflicted. Plugin conflicts are one of the most common errors in WordPress; if you have used WordPress, you have probably encountered a plugin conflict. As plugins are snippets of code that are added to WordPress, code errors are common due to multiple bits of code being integrated that are not designed to work with each other. This can cause functionality breakage, errors, or worse, the WordPress white screen of death. It’s important to carefully evaluate each of the WordPress plugins before you add them to your site.