very newbie or a developer has this definite question of choosing the best plugin for their particular WordPress website.
Each time when a new website is developed there is whole cloud of confusions for selecting the right plugins.
Today, WordPress has around 40% market share across the globe as per the sources.
Now, adding some more confusions in your mind, let me tell you, according to Kinsta.com April 2021 statistics, there are around 55,000+ plugins and others being added daily.
Just imagine, will it be an job for you to select appropriate plugins out of this gigantic numbers?
Can you try and test out each of the plugins? No, definitely it’s impossible to try them all.
How foolish idea and immature suggestion would it be, am I right?
For this reason, we are going to look at some of the important aspects of selecting the best plugin for your lovely crafted WordPress website.
Even in the case of experienced WordPress developers, at times, it becomes difficult to select & install plugins.
They have to first try and verify whether 2 plugins do not clash and the plugin works well with your installed theme.
It’s quite tedious job, right?
Then how will it be possible for newbies who have just stepped into the world WordPress figure out suitable plugins?
I know you are eager to get the quick steps that can solve your problem of selecting a plugin.
Lets jump-in to understand.
1. Get to know more about the Author
It is very important to know about the company or an individual who has developed a particular plugin and published.
You cannot just blindly select any of them because all are not at the same stage some may be at extreme heights while some may have published their first plugin.
And while it is published first time you can expect bugs which gets resolved with the time and feedback from amazing people like you.
So, be careful about that and don’t select so many at a time and ending with none.
2. Created Date
Now, here is something to understand in-depth.
When you see a specific date mentioned, ex. 12th March 2020, the thing is check for the updates and their progress what they have done so far in a year till 30th March 2020 and how advanced they have reached.
Have they resolved earlier bugs or have they added some more features to the plugin?
If you find the features same, functionalities not so soothing for a website as it should be then think twice to select it.
Do not wait for it and move to the next plugin with same functionalities and features as you are looking for.
3. Last Updated
This is one of the most factor taken into consideration before selecting a plugin.
Be extra cautious about the security issues that you face on a daily basis and even WordPress always suggest to update your theme or plugin.
This factor is very important to understand for a developer, blogger, a newbie or anyone working on WordPress website.
Many of them often miss out to check the last updated date of a plugin.
Suppose, if a plugin was developed a year ago on 8th February 2020 and when you see that it was last updated on 22nd November 2020 then think twice in moving with that plugin.
WordPress releases regular updates, now in that case, if you install the older version of the plugin, you may face problems related to compatibility issues, browser compatibility issues, security issues and that may end-up clashing with other plugins too.
4. Number of Sales
It is also recommended to look at the total no. of sales figures for a plugin, this gives you a statistical figure and idea that how popular and good it is that meets people’s expectation.
In this case, you may find some of the plugins for free.
But, if you are looking for leveraging your business website on a long-term basis then I highly recommend to go for paid plugins because you get access to all functionalities, features and after purchase support.
The more sales number you see, the more you can rely on it.
5. Comments or Reviews
This has become an integral part today while you purchase anything online.
You do not just select an item and pay for it instead we read reviews from the customers who have already purchased that item.
This way you get a clear picture whether that item is a good fit for or not for yourself.
In the same way, read the comments of the people who have purchased a plugin you will get know that where they faced challenges after using a particular plugin.
6. Customer Support
Last, but an unavoidable factor for everyone is to find out what type of support they provide.
It happens sometimes that you purchased a plugin and are unable to install or configure that plugin.
In that case, you can take help from the technical team of a plugin to help you solve the issue.
Many of us face problems while we migrate to another server or while revamping the website. In that case, sometimes it becomes difficult to configure again a plugin and the only option left for you is to ask for help.
When you browse a plugin for any of your requirements then you come across too many of them but the thing is selecting the right and the updated plugin that may affect lesser to your website.
All the above factors are regularly practiced by experienced developers but I wanted to share for newbies or new bloggers who have just stepped into the beautiful and coolest world of the WordPress.