WordPress has an extensive plugin store where you can find thousands upon thousands of plugins for your website. Many of which can be quite useful to not only to add functionality but to improve the value of your website overall.
Plugins That You Do Not Need
- Share buttons. Any form of share buttons is a waste of server resources. There are plenty of alternatives that are better and more features rich than what you are probably using. For instance, Addthis is a great service that allows you to not only add share buttons but, content recommendations widgets, follow buttons, as well as conversion widgets that will make your website more socially optimized.
- YARPP or similar plugins. Related posts can be and should be built directly into your theme this way you are using less serve resources that would otherwise require more scripts, additional style sheets and more PHP calls. You could argue that specialized services such as Nrelate would be recommended for a plugin, but you may also add the script directly into your theme.
- Basically, any plugin that can be implemented into your theme or by third-party script should not be implemented by plugin.
Plugins Can Be Additive
Plugins Can Weaken Your Security
There are a lot of poorly made plugins for WordPress and each plugin can come with its own vulnerability filling your website up with these plugins can lead to your website being riddled with vulnerabilities. If you have an old plugin that you can’t replace try replacing it with one that is still developed or has been updated recently. There are thousands of plugins for WordPress chances are is you are going to find a few doubles.
There are a lot of WordPress plugins that you will need and many of them that can be replaced it is up to you to decide on what plugins you wish to keep but do not have an extraneous amount that will damage your load time. If you do your profits will go down, your visitors will go down, and your satisfaction rate will go down. Keep a fast, clean, and feature rich website for your visitors to be happy.