Now that spring is officially in the air (literally – there is a light coating of pollen all over everything!), it’s time for some spring cleaning. The spring cleaning of your website that is!
WordPress has so many great plugins to enhance your site. This WordPress feature gives non-developers the power to customize their websites.
With so many great free choices, it’s easy to start loading plugins on your site without thinking about it. Before you even realize it, you might find yourself lost in a sea of plugins that you don’t even know if you need.
It’s time to give your plugins a spring cleaning!
First, make sure all of your plugins are up-to-date. Keeping your plugins up-to-date will keep your site more secure. Many times, plugin updates are security updates. If you do not update your plugins, you risk your website being hacked.
Do you have any deactivated plugins hanging out on your site? Delete them. If you are holding on to them for “later” start a Google doc with all of the plugins you want to keep track of.
Next, review your plugins and determine which ones you might not be using. If you aren’t sure, you can deactivate the plugin and then review your website. If there are no issues, then you can delete the plugin. If deactivating the plugin caused a problem, just re-activate it. It will restore your old settings and your site will be back to normal.
Last, check to see if you have any duplicate plugins (aka 2 plugins that do the exact same thing). If you find this to be the case, decide which you want to keep and remove the other.
If the thought of reviewing your plugins leaves you quaking in your yoga pants, then let me do it for you! In the spirit of spring cleaning, I’m offering a Plugin Purge!
I’ll evaluate each plugin to determine if you are using it, check the security and see how much it is affecting your site’s load time. When I have evaluated all plugins, I will share a list of the plugins I would recommend you keep and which to delete. How stress free does that sound?
If you want a little extra help, let’s review the plugin list together to make decisions on what to delete and what to keep. I’ll finish up the purge by deleting the plugins we discussed and making any edits or updates to your existing plugins.
Let’s get our spring cleaning on! Learn more about both Plugin Purge options before the price increases Sunday, April 30.