Why You Should Not Always Use WordPress Plugins to Solve Your Problems [CC]

– With tens of thousands of WordPress plugins out there, it’s
so easy for any of us to find a plugin to fix a problem. All you have to do is
go to the repository, you search, you find, you
install, you activate, and, boom, your problem is
most likely going to be solved. So easy, but, there’s also another thing you should think about,
because you shouldn’t always think about installing
plugins to fix your problem, because it can, actually,
add to the existing problems that you have. So, in this video, I want to talk about why you shouldn’t always use
plugins to fix your problems, and what you should also consider, on top of using the traditional
WordPress plugins, as well. What’s up, everyone? I am Ahmed Khalifa, and, in this video, let’s talk about WordPress
plugins, the awesome features that we all love and use
for our WordPress site. It’s so, so cool, it makes our job easier, and, instead of having to
find someone to, kind of, create a product or a plugin for you, you can just find it, yourself, which can be cheaper, as well. So, let’s just thank all the developers, out there, for creating the, literally, tens of thousands of plugins, out there. However, let’s stop and
think about it, as well, because you shouldn’t always
use plugins to fix it, because plugins can also
cause problems on your site. The more plugins that
you have on your site, the more problems, or the more
likely a problem will occur. So, I wanna talk about the
four things that could happen if you keep installing
plugins on your site. Number one, it’s all about
the bugs that it can create, and it can create, kind of,
issues we just saw, already. If the plugin does not really
go well with the website, or, maybe, it’s clashing with
something else on your site, it might create some kind of bugs, and it might make certain
features not work. So, if you think about it, if you install the plugin to fix one problem, it might, actually, cause a
different kind of problems. So, you’re, kind of, damned if
you do, damned if you don’t. But, it’s all about finding that balance, and whether you need it, or not. So, just make sure that
whatever you install is going to work perfectly on your site. Number two, it’s about compatibility with existing plugins and themes. It’s kind of similar to
the first point I made. But, there’s so many
times where people think that if you keep adding plugins, it might, actually, clash with each other, and it, also, again, it
will cause things to break, it might not work with your themes, it’s just the way it
works, because every single developer who create plugins will have their own way of fixing the thing. And, if you have one
developer doing it this way, another doing it this way,
this person might update it all the time, and keep it
strong and stable, and secured, and the other one hasn’t
updated it that much, maybe, or, maybe, it’s just a
different style, completely, that doesn’t work with this plugin. Then, you’re gonna have
issues with compatibility, and that applies to the theme, as well. You never know, the theme
that you have might not like the plugins that you have installed. So, make sure that there’s
no compatibility issues when you install the WordPress plugins. And, you may have noticed,
I’ve just touched upon the security issue in point two, because, number three is about security. You need to make sure that
each plugins are maintained, updated, and just looked
after by the creative, by the developers, out
there, who are building it and maintaining it, and updating it, because, if that doesn’t happen, then you’re gonna have
a chance to, kind of, create loopholes on your site, which will cause a security issue, someone can hack into your site, it could, maybe, inject
some kind of malware, you never know what might happen. And, that could all be
because you have installed so many different plugins,
and, maybe, a few of ’em are just not secure, or,
maybe, a few of ’em, again, will clash with each other,
and it will just cause a security issue with your site. And, we all know we don’t
want that to happen, because it kinda sucks if that happens. So, don’t make this mistake
by adding too many plugins, which makes your website
not secure, at all. And then, number four is very obvious, it’s about performance,
because, obviously, the more plugins you add
on top of each other, the more resources it
requires for your site to load as quickly as possible. But, that’s gonna be a lot
of pressure on the site, on your host, it’s just not gonna work as well as you want it to. And, that’s expected. You can’t expect to have
so many different plugins and expect your site to work as fast as you have always expected to, because it will create more resources, it will create more code on your site, and that’s gonna slow down
your site, eventually. So, that is one thing you
really need to think about, the more you add plugins,
and, just make aware of that. It might, actually, cause problems with your performance of your site. So, if we have these four
problems, then what can we do? What other options do we have, on top of looking for plugins? Because, just so you’re aware, I’m not saying don’t use plugins, just think about the
options that you have, and I’m gonna list the
five different options that you can think about using to, maybe, help you fix the problem
that you have on your site. It’s not always plugins. Number one, you need to think about is, whatever you’re gonna
install on your site, do you think it’s going
to be a one-off situation, or will it be a regular thing? Because, if it’s a one-off,
then the next few points I’ll mention is probably something
that you should consider, because, maybe, it’s not
worth having a plugin for that one thing, and you’re
never gonna use it again. So, think about that before
you install any plugins. How often are you gonna use it, do you think it’s going
to be useful for you for many days, weeks, months,
maybe years, ahead, as well? Number two, to try to find
a non-plugin solution first. For every time you have
a problem on your site, try to find a non-plugin solution, because, again, of all
these things I’ve mentioned, compatibility, security, performance. Is it worth having’ it? And, sometime, if you look
for a non-plugin solution, you might, actually, find
something that will fix the problem so quickly,
and that’s it, you’re done. And, even though I said
non-plugin solution, you’re thinking what would that be? Well, the next couple of points, again, will show you a few examples
of what you could do instead of installing
plugins all the time. Which bring me to number three. Try to find tools, out there,
that could fix your problem, and you don’t really need
to install the plugins. And, there are so many tools, out there, in the World Wide Web
that people have created, and you just go to the website
and you either download the software, or you can do it,
right there, on the website, to fix a problem that you’re having. An example would be if you
want to compress your images, there are so many website,
out there, that does that. For example, TinyPNG and Kraken, they both can optimise
and compress your images so that it’s not bloated,
it’s not heavy for your site. Of course, there are also
plugins that can do that, but, maybe, you can think of
it, is it worth having that, do you need it, do you
need to use it regularly, or, maybe, just enough to
have those external tools, and that does the job for you? Number four is to try, maybe, think about getting a developer to
fix the problem for you, and I’m not talking about to
get them to create a product, or create a plugin, but it might just be that that developer
might just make a few tweaks in the code, or, maybe,
add just a line of code, and that will fix the problem for you. You just never know,
and, if that’s something that you’re not able to
do, then there are plenty of resources, out there, where
you can find high-quality, reputable, developers, out there. My favourite one is called Codeable. Codeable, they are very strict
about who works for them, and will help you with your site. They go through strict interviews and make sure that every
single WordPress developer has that high standard that
we all demand and expect. Now, of course, there are
also all these other websites that have freelancers on
there, and they’re totally fine if you can think that
they’re good for you. But, Codeable is what I recommend, and they might be able to help you, a person there, just make a few tweaks, and that solve your problem,
no plugins installed, no tool that you need, job done. And then, number five,
maybe it’s not a solution, but it’s a reminder that you
always need to be aware after. If you are not using the
plugin, if you don’t need it, make sure you not only
deactivate it, on your site, but you also uninstall it, as well. People get confused that
if you deactivate it, then it’s going to have a
lesser burden on your site, maybe it’s less resources required, it should be OK, and you keep
it there, on your dashboard. But, it’s, actually, not true. Even if you have it
installed on the dashboard, but not activated, it’s still takin’ up resources on your site. So, whatever you do,
if you have any plugins that you’re not using frequently, you’re not using it at
all, not only you need to deactivate it, but,
also, uninstall it, as well. So, there you have it,
these are the reasons why you should not always
think about using plugins to solve your problems,
and what other options should you think about, as well, and, also, solutions to the
problem that you’re having. So, let me know what you think about that, is that going to help you? And, let me know, as well,
I’m, kind of, curious, what do you do if you have
a problem with your site? Do you go to the full plugins,
do you look for freelancers or developers, do you
leave it, do you note it, do you find a solution in any other way that I have not mentioned? I’m curious, let me know in
the comment section, below. I’m really, really interested to know what you think about it, as well. And, of course, don’t
forget about, as always, to make sure you click the
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time, and, as I always say, to keep doing your thing,
because it matters, and I’ll speak to you
next time, take care.

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