To plug in or not to plug in?

Alright guys. I am having tons of fun with my new Wordpress and buddypress test sites but, I seem to be amounting a lot of plug ins in the process. I mean, am I greedy in wanting them all?

Can you have to many plug ins?

I guess I am looking for advice on what others do or don't do when it comes to using multiple plug ins.

I am also testing a MU site which I am not even sure I need. I have some plugins networked and others not and some on one site only, etc.. At some point it seems as though I could easily have plugged in to much and it all stops working. Or, is that something which won't happen because all the plug ins get updated properly?

Thanks for your help.

  • JoseffB
    • The Crimson Coder

    Plugin can slow down your site load time. At that point you start lifting the code and implementing the plug in functionality in the theme itself. Also depends on your server -- if you have a heavy duty server you prob can run tons of plug-ins.

    Really is a case by case solution. Some plug ins are needed (like cache) to actually improve performance.

  • DavidM
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hey rickdlewis, it's like what just said, it really depends on your server and what it can handle. However, if the site stops working, as you mentioned, it may be due to an incompatibility issue between plugins. That's another issue you'll have to deal with in having a whole lot of plugins.

    Funny though, I really wish I still had the url but I recall a blog where the author actually listed out all the plugins he had running. It was a massive and insane list of over 60 plugins. It's not a good idea to broadcast such a massive list of plugins to the world because if any one of those plugins has a security hole, you've essentially just broadcast a security hole in your site.


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