One of the best features of WordPress is the ability to access thousands of useful plugins. And many are free. But choosing WordPress plugins is something that takes more than a little thought.
Whether you need a Table of Contents, fancy headings, borders around your images, or whatever else you dream up… chances are, there’s a plugin to help you.
The thing is, not all plugins are created equal.
In fact, you need to choose plugins carefully and maintain them. In this Tech Corner, we’ll go over what to look for when choosing WordPress plugins for any WordPress site. Next time, we’ll discuss how to maintain and manage existing plugins.
Paid or Free?
Most of the time, you’ll find a free plugin to do the job you need done. But remember the old saying, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
Sure, many free plugins are excellent and will do exactly what you want them to do. However, there’s a potential downside.
To understand this better, let’s step into the shoes of the plugin developer for a minute. What’s in it for them? Continually updating a free plugin takes time and effort, often with little reward.
How do they earn money from a free plugin? They might offer a free plugin with basic features, then users pay for the premium version. Or they might ask for a small donation.
Or they might grow tired of working for nothing and simply stop updating the plugin.
In short, there’s a good chance they’ll walk away from the plugin at some stage. And who could blame them?!
Even if they do hang around, there’s no real incentive to maintain the free plugin. The developer’s less likely to spend time optimizing or updating it regularly.
But what’s the big deal if a plugin hasn’t been updated for a while?
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