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  • I would like to know if there is any article or a guide with the instructions and precautions to take if we use several plugins on a WordPress installation

    There were several articles which warn us to use ‘as less plugins as’ necessary. There are many articles which suggest 7 plugins is the best and 10 plugins are more. But I can’t just adjust with that.

    The experts like @andrea_r says there is no magic number for plugins and we can use any number of plugins if we really need them. I agree with her . She also suggests that the plugins should be well coded and WP installation should use a good web host

    But every one believe that Magic Number. MultiSite and BuddyPress installation may need several plugins. There is no meaning in believing 7 or 10 magic number in that kind of installation type.

    I would like to hear others experiences and suggestions in this matter. Users who use Multisite are greatly appreciated

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    Not everyone believes in that Magic Number. Andrea doesn’t (I don’t).

    Obviously the fewer plugins you use, the less strain you put on your server and the faster it’ll run. But there’s no special formula. Use as many as you need.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    Numbers don’t matter in the slightest. I am currently running 51 active plugins on one of my sites. Yes, fifty-one. Not a typo.

    Complexity matters. If the plugin is simple, or only affects one small place in the code, or just makes one little change to how things work, then it doesn’t add any appreciable load at all. You can pretty much run as many “simple” plugins as you like without any impact whatsoever.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    Here’s my plugin list, if you’re interested.

    Network activated plugins:

    Blackbird Pie
    Cookies for Comments
    Debug Bar
    Enable oEmbed Discovery
    Executable PHP widget
    Google MP3 Player
    Gravatar Box
    HTML5 Video Shortcode
    Jetpack by
    Limit Login Attempts
    Login Logo
    MediaRSS (mods by Otto)
    Move WordPress Comments
    Picasa Captioner
    Plugin Info
    Regenerate Thumbnails
    Reveal IDs
    Revision Control
    RSS Cloud
    Simple Facebook Connect
    Simple Trackback Validation
    Simple Twitter Connect – Base
    Snack Bar
    STC – Comments
    STC – Follow Button Widget
    STC – Followers Widget
    STC – Linkify
    STC – Login
    STC – Publish
    STC – Tweet Button
    Subscribe To Comments
    SyntaxHighlighter Evolved
    UI Labs
    WP Paypal Donate Widget R2.0
    WP Super Cache
    XML Sitemap Feed
    YOURLS: WordPress

    Plugins on ottopress:

    Otto’s Google +1 Button
    Use WP Logo as Favicon
    Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

    I wrote a large number of those.

    The 51st plugin is what I call “Random Fixes” and it’s where I put custom code I write for each site.



    Volunteer Moderator

    Otto, thanks for sharing your list. Will be checking some of which I’ve never seen before 🙂 Cheers.

    As for multisite installs, usually I combine some simple plugins into one and upload to mu-plugins folder. Just have to remember to check plugin/s in mu-plugins out when upgrading for possible conflicts.

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