How do I know which plugins to download?
The WordPress plugin directory makes it easy to choose the best plugins for your website. You can see a plugin’s ratings, reviews, number of active installs, and last updated.
When choosing plugins to use on your site you want to pay attention to the reviews and when it was last updated. It’s self explanatory to not use a plugin if it has multiple negative reviews. However, you should also check for the last time it was updated.
Actively maintained plugins are typically updated within the last 2 months. So if you see a plugin hasn’t been updated in 6 months then it’s likely not a plugin you’ll want to use. The reason behind this is because outdated plugins are prone to security issues.
When you install an outdated plugin to your site you make your site vulnerable to hackers, malicious code injections, and performance-related issues. Finally, some plugins may increase the load on your database server. Common examples of this are a membership website or online store. These types of sites use plugins that need more resources which means it could slow down your website.
To prevent this from happening I always recommend using a managed WordPress host like Flywheel whose servers are specifically designed to handle more database requests while maintaining fast loading times.