42 36 active plugins.
I 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!
Advanced Custom Fields
Advanced Custom Fields: Repeater Field
Broken Link Checker
Comment Reply Notification
Custom Recent Posts Widget
Easy Content Templates
Evergreen Post Tweeter
EZ Inlinkz Linkup
Feedburner Email Widget
Floating Social Bar
Google Analytics by Yoast
Google XML Sitemaps
GASP (Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin)
Indie Author Excerpts (a custom plugin created by CreativeWhim)
Official Stat Counter Plugin
Recent Trackbacks and Pingbacks Widget
ThreeWP Activity Monitor
Tiger Tech plugin
Twitterlink Comments UBB Rating Report
UBB Reading Challenges
UBB Review Requests
UBB Review to Goodreads add-on
Ultimate Book Blogger (UBB)
WordPress Editorial Calendar
WPtouch Mobile plugin
THAT 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.
How many plugins do you have? Do you think it’s too many or just right? Or not enough?
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