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Plugins are very important in any WordPress website, so you should know a few rules before you jump in:
- Maintain a list of trusted plugins, ones that are supported and developed by well-known developers. For example, Joost de Valk is an amazing WordPress developer who has created many useful plugins.
- Read the details of every plugin you consider. The better documented it is, the more likely the plugin was written by a developer who knows what he or she is doing.
- Pay attention to the plugin requirements—this will tell you how recently it’s been updated.
- Check out the reviews and star rating of the plugin.
- Be aware that even good plugins can sometimes conflict with or break something in your site. Automattic and WordPress do some due diligence before allowing a plugin into the directory, but they can’t test for everything.
- After you install and activate a plugin, immediately check the front end of your website to make sure things are still functioning correctly. Do this after every activation so if there’s a problem you’ll know exactly which plugin caused it. Don’t install and activate several plugins before checking!
- In addition to free ones, there are many great plugins that cost money in the directory. Before you pay for anything online, you should make sure you’re dealing with a trusted company or individual by reviewing the documentation.
- You can deactivate plugins that are not functioning to your liking at any time. If a plugin takes down your site, log into the server via FTP and rename the plugin’s folder in the wp-content folder. This will automatically deactivate all plugins and allow you to access the site again.
Tomorrow: WordPress settings
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