WordPress plugins are great — to a point. Too many of them in an install and it looks like a 3-ring circus of a Dr. Frankenstein experiment. A little of this, a little of that, and after 50 plugins, it’s ALIVE! Congratulations, you’ve created a monster. In this article, I’ll explain when to use and not to use a plugin — and why — and discuss those situations that fall in the middle and what I do then.
Don’t use a plugin
I don’t always use a plugin when a simple custom function in the theme’s
functions.php file will do the trick. Some advantages to that method are:
- as long as it’s simple enough, you’ll probably never need to update it, unlike plugins
- very small footprint and overhead for the system
- complete control – some plugins just leave you wanting more or different