Since WordPress has become so popular more and more developers are working on plugins for just about everything that you can imagine. It is now possible to find plugins that help you run a webinar or Google Hangout on Air, you can find plugins to create surveys, squeeze pages, to evaluate your keyword selections and more.
While plugins really can make your life easier you do need to be careful with them. Quite often adding a new plugin to your site can disrupt the function of another plugin. These conflicts can be very annoying and there is only one way to find the culprit. You need to deactivate each plugin in turn until you find the one that is causing the problem. It may not necessarily be the new plugin and sometimes it can be a conflict due to your theme.
The best advice we can give you about plugins is to think about the purpose of the plugin. Is it something that can truly help your site or is it only going to display a fancy banner or an item that is not imperative to the way your site functions.
Important plugins would be those like the Samson Plugin that actually helps you create backlinks to your site. This type of plugin helps to increase your site’s visibility in the search engines and will help you achieve a higher ranking.
Another thing to keep in mind about using lots of plugins is that they can decrease the load time for your site. If your site loads very slowly then you will find that you are losing visitors, they can’t be bothered to wait and will navigate to another site.
Try to reduce the number of plugins you use by seeing if there is a plugin that can do the work of two smaller ones. A good example of this is for social sharing plugins. Try to find one that will work for all the social sites, instead of having one for Facebook and another for Pinterest and another for Google+1’s.
Always look into the functions of every plugin you are considering and see if it is something that will truly benefit you. It doesn’t hurt to try out plugins and see if they do what they say. Just remember to deactivate and uninstall them if you decide to stop using them.
While it is fun to use all the latest and greatest plugins as they become available. They can also be detrimental to your site and could cause you to lose rankings in the search engines.