How Many Plugins Is “Too Many”?

Posted on 12/09/2014 in Discussion / 10 Comments

Discussion

We have 42 36 active plugins.

\r\nI feel like that is a ton of plugins, compared to what (I believe) other bloggers have.  I’m a bit of a plugin junkie:  I see a plugin that looks interesting and/or useful, and I’m installing it on our site.  I’ve tried several times to get rid of some, but every time I go through the list, I can justify each one!\r\n

The List

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Advanced Custom Fields

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Advanced Custom Fields: Repeater Field

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Akismet

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Broken Link Checker

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Brute Protect

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Clean Options

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CommentLuv

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Comment Reply Notification

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Custom Recent Posts Widget

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Duplicate Post

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Easy Content Templates

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Easy Table

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Evergreen Post Tweeter

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EZ Inlinkz Linkup

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Feedburner Email Widget

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Floating Social Bar

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Google Analytics by Yoast

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Google XML Sitemaps

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Gravity Form

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GASP (Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin)

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Indie Author Excerpts (a custom plugin created by CreativeWhim)

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iThemes Security

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nrelate Flyout

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Official Stat Counter Plugin

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Recent Trackbacks and Pingbacks Widget

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RSS Footer

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SEO Redirection

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SEO Ultimate

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Shortcodes Ultimate

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Starbox

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ThreeWP Activity Monitor

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Tiger Tech plugin

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Twitterlink Comments

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UBB Rating Report

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UBB Reading Challenges

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UBB Review Requests

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UBB Review to Goodreads add-on

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Ultimate Book Blogger (UBB)

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Updraft Plus

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WordPress Editorial Calendar

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WP Activity

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WPtouch Mobile plugin

\r\n \r\n\r\nTHAT LIST IS EXHAUSTING (even with the ones I deleted Monday morning.  And yet I can think of many reasons I can’t get rid of the rest!   My theme is responsive, but I like the mobile themes better, because they reflow better on smartphones, so – KEEP.  My activity monitors tell me when someone is trying to login; it logs each attempt whether successful or not.  SO useful and the reason I downloaded Brute Force Protect and iThemes (to block the hackers).  We don’t use all the features of each one, but I do like the parts we are using, like hiding the login admin page with a custom URL.  And so many reasons to keep the others.  Which stresses me out a bit, because it means we aren’t running very “lean”.  Ashley at Nosegraze posted about plugins and what might be too many, and challenged bloggers to prune.  I’ve been thinking about her post for some time, and trying to weigh what we could delete in my head.  Ultimately, I only managed to get rid of six.\r\n

How many plugins do you have?  Do you think it’s too many or just right?  Or not enough?

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10 responses to “How Many Plugins Is “Too Many”?

  1. Here are a few suggestions:\r\n\r\n* Broken Link Checker – You could leave this deactivated and only activate it like once a week/month when you feel like cleaning up links.\r\n\r\n* BruteProtect – iThemes Security also has brute force protection. It does work a bit differently from iThemes, but I’m still not sure both are needed.\r\n\r\n* Official Stat Counter Plugin – Do you really need Google Analytics AND Stat Counter? It’s up to you, but something worth thinking about.\r\n\r\n* If you use SEO by Yoast instead of SEO Ultimate, you could remove RSS Footer. SEO by Yoast comes with that feature built-in.\r\n\r\n* SEO Redirection – If you don’t have a lot of redirects set up, you could ditch this plugin and create the redirects manually with your .htaccess file. See section #2 (Using the htaccess file in your WordPress install…) for help: http://www.inboundnow.com/how-to-properly-set-up-wordpress-301-redirects/\r\n\r\n* ThreeWP Activity Monitor – I don’t know anything about this plugin, but I do know that iThemes Security logs login attempts. It should email you whenever there is an attempt. I guess I just question how useful this plugin is if iThemes Security also performs similar actions.\r\n\r\n* Tiger Tech plugin – I don’t think you need this. I looked up what the plugin does ( https://support.tigertech.net/wordpress-plugin ). Unless that page is outdated, the plugin only does ONE thing: “Detects when your site is being accessed using a temporary “customers.tigertech.net” URL and offers to remove it if it’s not needed.” I doubt you need that. Even the other “in the future, we may add..” things are unnecessary now that WordPress has the capability to automatically install updates without being prompted.\r\n\r\n* WP Activity – This sounds extremely similar to ThreeWP Activity Monitor?
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    • Thanks for the tips! So this is what I’ve deleted today: RSS Footer, SEO Ultimate (I previously had an issue with Yoast, but it seems to be fixed now that I’ve re-installed it), ThreeWP Activity and WP Activity (I don’t know why, but they were two different plugins from one installation – each one gave me different info, but after researching, they are obsolete now); TigerTech (it said it optimized the blog, but I had no idea what it actually did); Brute Protect (you are right, I’m utilizing everything in iThemes, so have no idea why this was even still there); UBB Rating Report plugin, because we just don’t use it at all.\r\n\r\nI have StatCounter installed just to give myself a different view of visits from GA. I also kept Broken Link Checker, because I’d never remember to do it otherwise; and I kept SEO Redirection, because there are a ton of broken images from the migration (so many, I just don’t want to even spend time fixing them) and I don’t want to hurt my SEO with 404 errors from them.\r\n\r\nOH, I also deleted XML sitemap, since Yoast does that, too.
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  2. Had to go look—I have 30 (most of which are for speediness–which seems counter-productive)\r\n\r\nAskismet\r\nBackupBuddy\r\nBetter WordPress Minify\r\nBroken Link Checker\r\nComment Luv\r\nCoSchedule\r\nDuplicate Post\r\nEasy Theme and Plugin upgrade\r\nEdit Flow\r\newww Image Optimizer\r\nGoogle Sitemap\r\nJetPack\r\nMedia Library Assistant\r\nMister Linky’s Magical Assistant\r\nNo Image Link\r\nOptimize DB\r\nPolldaddy Polls\r\nPost Expirator\r\nRevive Old Post (this is 2)\r\nStarbox\r\nUBB Rating Report Add-On\r\nUBB Reading Challenges Add-On\r\nUltimate Book Blogger\r\nWordfence Security\r\nWordPress SEO\r\nWP-Optimize\r\n WP Missed Schedule\r\nWP Post Navigation\r\nWP Super Cache
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  3. Wow that’s a lot of plugins, although they all sound somewhat handy. I think I have about 15-20 active plugins. And 3 or 4 of those are security plugins, I also use Akismet, Commentluv and the Easy Content template plugin (love that one!). I used the Broken Link checker for a while, but it started labelling all the links to goodreads as broken and as I have a lot of links to goodreads I figured it wasn’t worth it and deleted the plugin. Isn’t trackback standard already part of wordpress?

  4. I have a multi-site with over 50 plug-ins, over 30 sites and always updated automatically without any problems so far. I always liked auto updates. I used a plug-in for auto-updates until auto update was included into WordPress core.\r\nThanks!

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