I generally ensure that a site runs as few plugins as possible. Generally:

No. of plugins       Rating
0-5                           5-star
5-10                         4-star
10-15                       3-star
>15                          Seriously?

This might seem to overly-simplify what is in essence a complex topic; so many other factors impact site performance. Granted. My No Plugin law though is merely a guideline to get you to deeply question whether you need to plug everything.

Almost all functionality required by an average site can be done in a few efficient lines of code in a theme’s functions.php. The kakoma.ug WordPress law of No Plugin states that:

Thou shan’t use a plugin for anything that can be done in a few lines of code in functions.php

It is imperative that I add that this law goes against the WordPress community guidelines. The community (of which I’m a part) says that presentation and functionality should be separate; themes are for presentation. I agree BUT I believe that:

All this is very subjective; if you feel a plugin will do for you then by all means, indulge. If, however, you are the kind that prefers to code things yourself and get low-hanging fruit out of the way, then this is where we explore your alternatives.

Related posts, breadcrumbs,Google Analytics code-you don’t need plugins for those. I cover how to implement each easily

All said, I do have a must-have plugin list you can check out.

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