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Practice plugin hygiene

As a WordPress user myself, I understand why some bloggers get carried away when installing plugins. A plugin that integrates functional contact forms into any theme? That’s something I need! What about a plugin for a fancy, interactive calendar on your homepage? Yes, please. I get it — plugins are great. But if you install too many of them, you’re negatively affecting two things. First and foremost, too many plugins can bottleneck your website’s performance. Here’s the thing: every single plugin you install will consume precious server resources and inevitably impact your website’s performance. That’s why most all-in-one page builders tend to slow your WordPress site down unless you perform all the necessary optimizations. As soon as they’re activated, they create pieces of code — from CSS to JavaScript — that can bog down your site. On the bright side, there are countless proven plugins that are either lightweight or well-optimized out of the box. Even if they do impact your website’s performance, their effects are barely noticeable. Other than performance-related issues, having too many plugins may also affect your productivity. Have you ever tried working on your WordPress site with these many items on your dashboard? In addition to being distracting, too many plugins can also slow down the performance of the dashboard itself. There’s also the possibility of plugin conflicts that can lock you out of your WordPress account. As a rule of thumb, avoid installing plugins that have similar features. Also, be sure to check plugin reviews before installing them to see if other users are experiencing issues.