What Are WordPress Plugins?
WordPress is a pretty good platform right out of the box but most of the time you’ll find one or more plugins in use. A WordPress plugin is a piece of software used to extend the functionality of WordPress or add new features to it. WordPress plugins can be found in the WordPress plugin repository as well as from outside vendors. Many plugins are free, some are available with a free version and then charge for additional functions.
WordPress plugins are always a trade off. You’re gaining some type of additional functionality but you’re sacrificing size or speed. Plan your use of plugins carefully and evaluate whether the plugin you’re considering is worth the additional code overhead it might bring with it. Bloated WordPress websites are a common occurrence and are partially responsible for giving WordPress a bad image in terms of website speed.
Here’s a list of the plugins in use on this website.
- 404 Page
- Divi Toolbox
- HTTP Headers
- InfiniteWP – Client
- iThemes Security
- Knowledge Base for Documents and FAQs
- Rank Math SEO
- reSmush.it Image Optimizer
- UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore
- WP Mail SMTP
- WP Rocket
- WPCal.io – Easy Meeting Scheduler
A common mistake is to load up your website with all kinds of cool WordPress Plugins to add lots of bells and whistles to your website.
That usually results in a bloated website that takes forever to load and doesn’t perform well in the various Page Speed tests.
If you’re interested in learning more about please visit our WordPress Web Design page.