Keeping too many unnecessary plugins can create adverse effects on your website!
So have you done this same thing by installing different unnecessary plugins in your website?
May be you are not getting what the real problem is. But when you are using too many plugins purposelessly for your website, that creates a serious performance issue.
How? That will be discussed thoroughly in this post. Here one question you may ask, too many unnecessary plugins means what?
What are the parameters of judging necessary & unnecessary plugins?
The answer is very simple, suppose there are 15 plugins you have installed & activated time to time. It’s basically for checking different functionalities which you needed.
But after a certain time, revising all the requirement specifications you have finalised that for all the functionalities 8 plugins are enough. No other plugins are required for now!
So apart from these 8 plugins all are the unnecessary ones. Now instead of removing those unnecessary plugins if you keep all those as it is then ultimately several consequences can arise.
That’s what I am talking about! So definitely use plugins but keep only those which are necessary.
Otherwise, not only for space but any plugin can have other dependencies too and when for that an useful plugin’s performance/ functionality got affected that’s not right.
So why exactly am I telling this, you must have got some idea, right? Now I will tell you all the reasons in detail.
So why not?
#1. Wastage of too much space
All your site wide requirements can be implemented using 5-7 plugins but you have 18-20 different plugins installed. Not only that, all are in activated state too.
I know you haven’t done it intentionally but for testing several functionalities you had installed all those plugins at some point of time.
But after that when that hasn’t been used in your site you have totally forgotten to deactivate & remove those. So unnecessarily the space is being occupied.
Don’t do this! Try to keep track of all the installed & activated plugins, it’s come under the sanity of your site. So, it’s totally your responsibility.
There is no point of wasting too much space of the server for unimportant resources (plugins). Think about it.
#2. The dependencies can be a headache too
Sometimes we see that a plugin comes with some other dependencies.
Suppose you have installed a plugin for testing a specific requirement but after installing it you found out, to work that plugin in full swing and to get the desired output you have to install two more plugins.
Now tell me after all these if you finally decide not to use that plugin and keep that as it is with other two dependent plugins then can you imagine how much space is getting blocked for an unused resource.
Isn’t it a headache?
#3. Chance of conflict with other plugins
When a plugin gets finalised/ you finalise a plugin for a specific purpose, before that many factors needed to be checked.
One primary thing is whether that plugin is creating any conflict with any existing feature of the site or not.
As long as this kind of conflicts occurs you should try to avoid using that. Otherwise try to find out the root cause then take any firm decision.
#4. Eliminate confusion
Getting confused is another crucial issue for which I think removing unnecessary plugins is the best option.
Otherwise after sometime you will get totally confused regarding which plugins are being really in use & which aren’t? As all are in active mode.
So don’t let this situation come!
#5. Keep the WP-Dashboard navigation clutter free
As you have seen there are standard default menu items which come with the installation of WordPress, then comes the menu items for your installed plugins.
Above all these if you keep all the unused plugins then can you imagine how much cluttered the space will be? So keep this section clutter free.
These are the reasons for which I think keeping all the unnecessary plugins in your website is good at all good from any sense.