How many WordPress plugins should be used?
This is a million dollar question which has no answer. Asking this question is just like asking how many ingredient should be used to cook a pot of rice.
As long as all the plugin you installed in your WordPress has a necessary feature to perform then there is no limit to the number of plugins you should install.
Although there are cases where too much WordPress plugins will slow down your WordPress site. This is because the more plugins you install in your WordPress site the more code your site will be running on. This happens often when a poor hosting company is hosting your WordPress site or when your server can’t handle your site traffic. In this case you are expected to use as little plugins as possible.
In some other cases which I have experienced, some plugins can’t work together in the same WordPress site. When they are installed it may will lead to errors on your WordPress blog. This happens mostly when you install more than one plugin with similar features, especially those that has to do with database. I have experience a scenario where someone installed 2 cache plugins and thinks it will make his site will load pretty faster but the revise was the case.
In my own case I installed two different “product review” plugins – because they both had unique features was i need so much, but instead of the plugins working to my needs, it gave me errors on my admin dashboard, as well it also slowed down my site making it so sluggish, I had to troubleshoot my site before I knew what caused the problem. Therefore, I will advise you choose a plugin per feature, and make sure you don’t abuse plugins or get ‘plugin crazy’.
You are expected to install only plugins that are necessary for your WordPress site. Try to uninstall and delete any plugin that is not in use.
While installing any new plugin, try to read users comments about to plugin before downloading and installing it.
Form all explained above, I believe you will agree with me that the smaller the plugins you install and activate on your WordPress – the lesser risk your WordPress will he exposed to.
In conclusion, I therefore recommend a maximum of 25 plugins for your WordPress site. Arriving at 25 I have analysed all the possibility of features a particular WordPress site may need.
If you plan using more than 25 plugins, then I also recommend you install multi-features plugins such as WordPress Jetpack. You may consider a using a multi-features theme too, this may limit the number of plugins you may need to install.
Please comment by telling us how many WordPress plugins you are using and the challenges you may have experienced with WordPress plugins.