In this open source world, how do you know what’s quality and what’s clunky clutter?
When it comes to WordPress plugins there are 3 important factors to take into consideration before installing anything. Installing any old plugin can result in a busted site, something no small business owner should have to deal with.
So how do you avoid breaking your website?
Generally, you’ll want to avoid plugins that have a rating of less than 3. If you encounter an amazing plugin with a low star rating, don’t despair. There are over 15,000 WordPress plugins out there. Keep looking, you’ll find one with similar functionality and a higher rating.
There isn’t a magic number that you’ll need to cross. But the more downloads, the more accurate reviews will be. You don’t want a plugin that has only been downloaded by the developer’s mom and cousin.
Verify Last Update
There are all types of plugin developers out there. 100% devoted professionals, semi-freelancers, dabblers, and everything else in-between.
By looking at the last update, you can see how devoted the developer behind it is. Numerous updates indicate the developer is a professional who has made a quality product with almost no bugs based on user feedback. Few or no updates may mean the developer built the plugin as a fun side project, and doesn’t have the time to maintain it.
Should I Even Bother?
Open source software is amazing. It allows people all over the world to build upon previous projects and make incredible web breakthroughs.
But that’s no excuse to be naïve.
Know what you’re downloading, read reviews, do searches. Don’t allow online creeps to take advantage of small business owners, such as yourself.