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4 Tips when installing plugins

4 Tips when installing plugins


Installing plugins onto your WordPress website is more than easy. But it can also cause you problems and even crash your website. There are a few things you can do to avoid this, all WordPress websitesare unique and different so plugins and themes react different on each site so taking these precautions will minimise the chances of crashing your site.




Check ratings


One of the most simple things to do is check the ratings. If you have six 5 stars and four 1 stars, its not very good, but if there are thousands of 5 stars and hundreds of 1 stars it would be good to look into what the one star rating reviews are saying as they may not effect you, that takes us onto our next step. Try to make sure each plugin you install is at least a minimum of 3 star rating.




Check reviews


If you see a multiple amount of 1 star reviews on a plugin, you should read them and see what people are saying as some times users just leave bad reviews because they didn’t get what they expected, but the plugin actually works fine and could still benefit you. You always want to look out for the reviews that say about crashing the site or modifying files, these are not good. You shouldn’t need to worry about your site crashing though as this is not common at all with very popular plugins, only ones that are very old or still being developed by say for example a small team.




Check when last updated


When a plugin is out dated by two years you will see a small yellow box above it saying it is out of date, if its out of date by a few months, thats fine, but if it is out date by a nearly a year or over a year then you should check the rating and reviews and decide whether it is worth the risk of installing.




How to uninstall if broken


To uninstall a plugin which may of crashed website and made you unable to access your admin to uninstall the plugin you can go to your File Manager on your hosting cPanel and go to your website files /wp-content/plugins and delete the whole plugin file from the plugins file.


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