Plugins are a big part of the huge success of WordPress but as with everything, there are good ones, bad ones , regular and just the opposite. Today we will see some that, and not precisely because they are bad plugins, you should avoid as much as possible.
I mean plugins that, despite their virtues, are detrimental to the performance of your site , that slow it down, and you already know that this is not good, not only because Google can penalize you, but because you do not want your visitors to abandon you for having a slow site?
Let's go to it …
This plugin is a wonder it not only creates a site map that is updated only each time you publish something but it has so many settings that it is absolutely impossible not to have a file
sitemap.xml perfect and thus help search engines index your site.
Now this plugin is a enormous resource devourer because precisely the process that must be done of revision of and all your database to create correctly the map of the site means that in many servers (shared of course) there are times when you will not even create the map due to lack of memory.
Are there alternatives? bad is not, at least as good. There is one that is not bad, Better WP Google XML Sitemaps but personally I did not like its operation, not even the map it generates. But come on, that's a personal opinion, make the site map and quite complete.
Another option is Google Sitemap this is weaker unless you opt for the payment options, but it can be
The other possible alternative is using the plugin's sitemap modules such as All in one SEO pack or Yoast's WordPress SEO .
] Wonderful, essential, obligatory but it happens the same as the previous one, that when analyzing ALL the links of your site to find broken links, in a constant and tremendously effective way, is a memory devourer like no there is another, even worse than Google XML Sitemaps.
The bad thing is that a server has not found any other plugin that does not even look like it, so be damned. The only possible alternative is to use web services or SEO desktop applications, which sometimes offer search engine broken links, such as BrokenLinkCheck CheckLink or LinkChecker this last installable.
Or, what I do: a day of little traffic I install it, I activate it, I let it work a few hours, fix links and I deactivate it until next time .
This veteran plugin, from the last century, is actually a very cool tool because it shows us the most viewed posts, which we can make visible in the form of widget or code.
It is a good SEO tool but it has its hidden face, and is that, of course, being constantly reviewing your entries to show their popularity consumes many resources to be constantly checking your database .
I would say any plugin that does the same it can be useful of alternative but it is not true, they are not alternative, all plugins of this type have the same problem because they all do the same, so your only alternative are external statistical analysis systems like Piwik or the same Google Analytics.
Of course, I could not miss, and that is that JetPack has modules that do much of the above, although it has other modules that help speed up your site, but in this kind of thing you do not have to to compensate, we must be as effective as possible.
So avoid it, and use to alternative plugins for each utility you "really" need .
Yes, remove that face of astonishment, that Akismet, and wonderful as it is, is also piece of plugin brick, that slows down your site more than desirable .
This is due to several reasons, because not only do you have to connect to the JetPack servers to check lists of spammers but also check your database to show more comments of each author, and even shows thumbnails emerging from the URLs in the comments, and all that consumes his .
Also, you have enough alternatives to combat spam .
Are there more mallet plugins?
There is more, of course, and there's nothing better than doing your own checking on your site with plugin P3 which analyzes the loading of the components of WordPress. It seems almost messy but this plugin is also a great consumer of resources, but at least it is of the type to install, activate, use and deactivate.
The best, in any case, is to follow a series of guidelines to the time to choose plugins and avoid – where possible – those that comply with the following rules:
- Plugins that load a lot of scripts, style sheets and other additions.
- Plugins that add additional requests to the database on each page of your site.
- Plugins that perform complex operations like MySQL commands or intensive search in the database.
- Plugins that make many requests to the database.
It is not the number of plugins you have installed which slows down your site but the quality of the plugins you have installed.
Choose well, choose only those you need, and for everything else create your own plugin functions only with what each site re