Plugins are one of the best features of WordPress.
They can offer great add-on functions specific to different business types, niches, and monetization 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 WPX recognizes 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, especially trying to load content from massively overloaded, external servers that are not under the control of the hosting company.
It is also quite common for plugins - from completely different coders or software companies - to conflict with each other!
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 (e.g. updating it!).
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:
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.
And almost every Webmaster today is hoarding way too many (no longer used or relevant) plugins on their WP sites.
If you're still unclear about plugins, please raise a support ticket with us here:
and we will answer asap!
We can advise you in choosing the best plugins for your website. More information you can read here.
Read more about how to use your plugins for best results (and about our great WP hosting support in New Zealand) here.