The conundrum that is faced today by users is either to use plug-ins while using WordPress or not. WordPress is a self-sufficient platform by itself which can operate without any other external applications. However, the plug-ins play very effective functions to enhance the performance of WordPress. But excessive plugins while using WordPress is advised against.
As it can be said metaphorically that the plug-ins should be used as a sparing and not at a prosthetic. The use of plug-ins should be very limited and should be used only to solve specific problems and not very frequently.
To make most effective use of a plug-in, it is imperative to initiate it from a sound and sturdy source and should be used only when unavoidable. However, if the plug-ins are used in bulk, there are many hindrances which can be caused. Those are as follows:
The induction of a plug-in can really affect the speed of your site and make it ponderous. The plug-in while being used, by itself inserts its own codes into the website which you are using at the current moment. Even so, if the codes are no requirement to the website, still they get installed on it. Such unnecessary installation, however, leads to an effect on the download time and user interface.
Increases the RAM
Plugins tend to increase the RAM of the website and can act as a troublesome burden and they make the website heavier in terms of the RAM quantity.
Threat to security
With the use of a plug-in, there can be many serious security issues which can surface since these plug-ins act as a magnet for different bugs and viruses, which hit the plug-in and can, in turn, affect the website as well that is in current use of that affected plug-in.
There are many plug-ins which have the same effect and the same functions and using both of them in the hopes of a better result may conclude to be fruitless. For example, if you are using a cache plug-in already and you download another plug-in doing the same job, it will not optimize the speed of the website rather decimate it.
Loss of partial control
While using a cost-free plugin, we denude ourselves from the control of part of the site as we have to be dependent on the developer of that plugin to provide us with updates. This can lead to many mischievous acts by the developers of the plug-in.
Hence we can safely conclude that as plug-ins improve flexibility and it gives us a lot of power to do enhance website functionalities, however, avoid overuse and download only the ones that are necessary.