Are You A Plugaholic?

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When was the last time you deleted a plugin?

When did you last review all the plugins you have installed and activated on your blog?

Do all your plugins enhance your customers experience?

Check out my latest video in my ‘improve your blog speed’ video series:


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18 Responses to Are You A Plugaholic?

  1. Ana February 24, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    LOVE the newly coined phrase, Andrew!

    See you series is going great; lots of great info I hope your readers will actually use.

    • Andrew February 25, 2011 at 11:57 am #


      I hope some of them use the ideas.

      Speeding up your blog is something we all should take seriously.


  2. John Soares February 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Andrew, I’m a WordPress amateur, but I try to be very careful to only use plugins that are important. I just recently started using Share and Follow, which has really helped me with the social media buttons and encouraging people to subscribe and follow me on Twitter.

    I also delete plugins I no longer use.

    Thanks for the excellent vid with excellent advice.

    • Andrew February 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm #


      I must admit I have gone through some stages where I come across a plugin and just have to have it!

      There are of course, some plugins that are mandatory.

      mmmm…just writing this comment has given me an idea of a blog post…I should share all the plugins I use and divide them into ‘mandatory’, ‘worth while’ and ‘nice to have’ headings. (Or names like that!).

      One for next week, I think.


      • John Soares February 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

        Smart idea for a short series Andrew. I’ll be watching.

      • Ari Herzog March 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

        Think about load time when you have a lot of plugins, especially those that are active on every blog post. There is also nothing wrong with keeping some plugins inactive and only activating them when you use them.

        • Andrew March 26, 2011 at 6:44 am #


          I agree with that. I have the maintenance and WP Optimize plugins inactive. I only activate them when needed.


  3. Dennis Edell February 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I’m currently with 35 active and yes indeed everyone is used! 😉

    Several more waiting on my desktop for time to learn them.

  4. Dennis Edell February 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Whoopsy no no, that’s 25 active.

    • Andrew February 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      Well I have 43 active! Perhaps still too many. As per my comment in reply to John above, I shall share the ones I have in place next week.


      • Dennis Edell February 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

        What’s too many if they are all useful? 😉

  5. Alison Moore Smith February 25, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    I’m happy to report that I’m a blogmiser. 🙂 I try NOT to use them. I do have some I swear by and love, but I check them regularly and dump them if they aren’t useful. I also try to code some functionality myself (like my social networking bar above each post).

    Your post made me feel good!

    But deleting “Hello Dolly” over and over makes me NUTTY!

    • Andrew February 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm #


      Perhaps…a plugmiser or plugomiser is a better name?

      I also do some coding to replace certain plugins.

      And yes…Hello Dolly – why o why is that in every release of WordPress!


  6. takis koumas February 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    thanks andrew, nice video. I, myself, avoid using plugins excessively in order to keep my blog’s performance high.

    • Andrew February 27, 2011 at 7:24 am #


      That’s great. Have you seen my other videos that help improve your blog speed as well?



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