WordPress Plugins That You *Might* Want to Avoid

Posted by Nessa | Posted in | Posted on May 7, 2007

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If you haven’t noticed that my site’s been down for the last hour, it’s because I activated this mailing plugin that completely messed up my whole site to the point where I couldn’t even log in to deactivate it. It eventually came to me that if I move the plugin file it would de-activate automatically and poof, my website came right up. I guess my boss was right when he said I tend to be over-technical and miss the easy things.

Anywho, I’ve messed around with a lot of plugins and I’ve composed a tiny list of ones that you would probably be better off not installing. Some of these result in what Dan would call “the Internet version of ‘the clap'”

On the reverse, if you want to see the plugins that I recommend, you can view my post on the 13 Sexiest WordPress Plugins.

Angsuman’s Translator Plugin Pro

So much for trying to be internationally friendly. I was hoping that making my site available in other languages would boost this site’s popularity to readers in other countries, but instead it boosted the frequency of Apache crashes on my VPS.

WP-ShortStat

There are better ways to get optimized stats for your site, like using Counterize or WordPress Reports. I tried WP-ShortStat and all it did was slow my site loading by at least a minute, during which time I was able to pull a quickie with my ex and even smoke that cigarette afterwards.

No-WWW

Matt, oh Matt….what were you thinking? (And why didn’t you call me last night?) It took me a few lines in my .htaccess to do what this plugin does — and it doesn’t slow my site.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.website.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.website.com/$1 [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/[^\.]+[^/]$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1/ [R=301,L]

Permalink Redirect

This is yet another plugin that can easily consume up to 3 seconds of loading time just to do something that you .htaccess can perform in an instant.

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[…] I decided to post a list of the WordPress plugins that I’ve found to be the most useful, a majority of which I use on my own site. To see a list of plugins to avoid, see my other post. […]

[…] I decided to post a list of the WordPress plugins that I’ve found to be the most useful, a majority of which I use on my own site. To see a list of plugins to avoid, see my other post. […]

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