Third Party Plugins! I always suggest everyone to use only those plugins which are highly required for your website!
Whether you own a personal/ business website but you should always be a bit choosy regarding the selection of third-party plugins.
It’s true that plugins are so much helpful for a CMS based website that it has become the main USP of any popular CMS.
And why shouldn’t be? Because the level of flexibility & customisation options a plugin provides, that’s totally unquestionable.
Beside that all popular CMSs have a very rich marketplace of plugins both in free & premium mode.
Using a plugin you can solve a particular requirement or yours related to the website in a fraction of time. It doesn’t require any technical expertise of yours or any experts help.
That’s why CMSs have become so popular and spreading like wildfire.
Because it has made the life of a webmaster soo easier that using a CMS the process of creating & managing a website is just a gentle breeze.
And if you are a hardcore developer who knows every ins & outs then there is nothing (if any) which you can’t achieve using CMS with the customisation of proper plugin.
But that’s a different matter, here the question is in which situation people generally tend to go for using a plugin instead of developing that feature from scratch?
So in this article, I will thoroughly analyse the user base & different circumstantial factors for which they extensively use Third Party Plugins.
So, let’s start the circumstantial analysis of using Third Party Plugins!
You are a newcomer in this vertical who hasn’t developed/ managed any website before.
Now you have planned to launch your own business website.
Although you are not a hardcore developer/ programmer but you have a bit of sense regarding websites & how to host/ manage it using cPanel (basic idea).
So after talking to one of your techie friend you have chosen a CMS, based on which the site will be developed.
What you have finalised is that your friend will install & configure the CMS and on top of that using a free theme he will make the site live as per your requirement.
After that based on your functional requirements some prominent plugins will be installed which will totally manage all your necessary features without much hassle.
Isn’t it cool? As a not so savvy person, it will not at all be a problem for you to manage these plugins if you once check it from your friend.
Apart from that, your friend must be busy so he also doesn’t have to look much once you will take over.
When time is the main issue.
If it’s the problem means you know you are totally loaded with other works but due to a friends request you have accepted a new project of web development.
So in this circumstance, one thing will be highly effective if you develop the site using a CMS and using some great third-party plugins incorporate the functionalities.
If there need any customisation, work on top of that plugin that will be more time-saving as you are a developer.
When the client is not ready to give you adequate time.
The new development (Web) project you got is a bit complex but according to that the client is not ready to give you adequate time!
So in this situation, if you plan to develop every functionality of the site from scratch then you will never be able to meet the deadline.
Here the best way is to choose some effective plugins which will solve all the requirements. On top of that if there need any minor customisation that you can do because it will not take as much time.
Sufficient resources are not available!
You have got a big web development project. To execute that successfully you need at least a team of 3 developers with varied experience.
But as per present situation only 1 developer is available. So in a circumstance like this you can’t take the straight approach, right? Means starting everything from ground zero level.
So go with any popular CMS and choose all required plugins accordingly to develop the core functionalities. That’s it!
Budget is a constraint!
If the budget is restricted then instead of appointing dedicated resources on hourly or fixed price basis, use/ purchase some good plugin.
Not only your purpose will be solved but it’s a much smarter way to complete the entire project in a much lesser budget.
Sometimes resource is not enough, you require expert resource!
If you check the plugin repositories/ marketplaces of any popular CMS, you will see everything is there.
More or less for each every functionality a plugin is available (if the feature isn’t rare).
But if you want to build the same plugin from scratch not only it will need a good time but a highly experienced resource too.
Getting & Appointing such a resource is not at all easy!
When you have that same module available at your fingertips in a much lesser price & hassle then I must suggest you to use that.
We should all support this ecosystem.
As we all are working in this space so it’s our responsibility to help our fellow creators, who have created such beautiful plugins to solve your problem.
So when you are buying, using & promoting a plugin it’s a contribution to the ecosystem too where we all are living/ working.
These are the circumstances where I think the usage of third-party plugins can be highly effective! What’s your opinion on this?