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The benefits and drawbacks of website plugins

Website plugins allow you to add new functions and features to an existing website without having to alter the coding. The hard work is done for you, you just need to install the particular plugin you require, or you could opt to hire a web development agency to handle these types of tasks for you (we know web development can be overwhelming).

You can use a website plugin to add a number of different features to your website, including content and visuals or a new function entirely. It’s important to understand your website and identify your needs and goals to ensure you are adding the right plugins to get the most out of your site. In order to find what plugins will work best for your site, remember to research, and once you have added your plugins, test them!

Here are some pros and cons to adding plugins to your sight so you can prepare and know you are making the right choices for your business:

They are reliable, as most plugins have been created and managed by respected and trusted companies. This means they are likely to keep their plugins up to date and continuously fix any bugs they may come across, therefore providing a secure service to you.

Plugins are used as often as they are because they are huge time savers, therefore, saving money on the overall build price of websites. There are thousands of available plugins for multiple purposes, and you can add these to your site without editing the code!

They also offer great flexibility not only with their quick installs and straightforward removals (if needed), but they also allow settings to be changed easily; this could be the design features, including colours and fonts to match your current site and branding.

One main disadvantage to using plugins on your site is the potentially limited functionality that these plugins have available. With some plugins, you will find that you have a smaller option of settings to choose from; however, because of the vast variety of plugins available out there, you should be able to find one that suits your requirements. 

Plugins are great for many reasons, as we listed above; however, they can be known to slow down the speed of your website and your loading speed. This effect on the speed is usually due to the additional Javascript and CSS files that are needed on the page. Due to these additional files, your pages will start to take longer to load than usual – we recommend doing some research and only using plugins that are absolutely necessary to improve your site.

If you begin to add too many plugins to your site (which may be tempting due to their convenience), they can, unfortunately, conflict with one another. Many plugins do suffer from bad compatibility with one another, which can result in your site crashing or specific functions on your site breaking.

One final thing to consider when you are looking into adding plugins to your website is who the providers are for the plugins in question. There are a lot of reliable developers; however, you may come across a few that can leave your website vulnerable. These ‘unsecure’ plugins can cause hacks to your sight..

So to summarise, plugins play a huge role in a lot of websites for a lot of businesses, especially those with little time to spend developing a grand website with all the functions they need. In these cases, plugins are a lifesaver. If you are reading this, you are likely researching plugins and how to best add these features to your site. As we previously mentioned, using a web development agency would be great for you if you lack the time, patience and know-how to get your site the way you desire. However, if you want to give adding these plugins to your site a go yourself, just remember only to use the ones that are absolutely necessary and test their functionality after adding them!

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About Lilach Bullock

Hi, I’m Lilach, a serial entrepreneur! I’ve spent the last 2 decades starting, building, running, and selling businesses in a range of niches. I’ve also used all that knowledge to help hundreds of business owners level up and scale their businesses beyond their beliefs and expectations.

I’ve written content for authority publications like Forbes, Huffington Post, Inc, Twitter, Social Media Examiner and 100’s other publications and my proudest achievement, won a Global Women Champions Award for outstanding contributions and leadership in business.

My biggest passion is sharing knowledge and actionable information with other business owners. I created this website to share my favorite tools, resources, events, tips, and tricks with entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, small business owners, and startups. Digital marketing knowledge should be accessible to all, so browse through and feel free to get in touch if you can’t find what you’re looking for!


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