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The Ups and Downs of WordPress Plugins

Plugins are one of the best features of WordPress

They can offer great add-on functions specific to different business types, niches, and monetisation methods.

Plus, with such a variety of WP Plugin functions available now, there are few needs left unserved due to the staggering quantity of WP plugins types on today’s market – either as free or paid software.

That’s where the good news ends however.

With so many plugins available, plenty of them have been badly coded by well-meaning amateurs who don’t fully understand that poor coding can crash a whole website. And, because many plugins are free, no technical support is offered at all and even paid plugins can have poor support.

That means that sites crashed by bad plugins have to be fixed either by the hosting company or the website’s owner.

This is why WPEngine bans lots of plugins, though we recognise that Plugins are useful and can enhance the functions of a WordPress website a great deal.

Plugins can also greatly slow down page load speed, depending on what they do.

If your site has just gone down, the first thing to check is whether you have just installed a new plugin or adjusted the settings on a previously installed plugin.

The quickest solution, if your site has gone down, is to use FTP to rename your plugins folder to “plugins-disabled”. This will turn off all of your plugins but may also remove any unique settings previously created:

The folder can be found here

You can then activate each of your plugins one by one in your WP Admin panel until you find the one causing the problem. As a general rule, it is best practice to use as few plugins as possible for the reasons mentioned above.

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