WordPress plugin question

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I keep reading different peoples versions of which plugins to use for a WordPress blog. There are so many available and everyone has their own list of the ones to use. There is a good reason for everyone's choices, and it makes me wonder. Do these plugins take up resources and slow the blog loading, or are they in the background not using resources.

I have to think that they are using resources, so the fewer that I have on my blog the better. But I don't know and hope someone can fill me in. I appreciate any response to my question.
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  • Profile picture of the author ~kev~
    When you say "taking up resources" - do you mean all the time, or just sometimes?

    With content management systems, just about all scripts only take up resources when they are ran.

    Site map generator - it only takes up resources when it generates the sitemap.

    Light box effect - only takes up resources when it renders an image.

    Tacking script - only takes up resources when a page is loaded.

    On high traffic sites, scripts that take up resources when a page is loaded - could mean that its taking up resources all the time.

    The trade off is - how resource intense is the plug in? Some scripts use resources like their going out of style, while some have a light footprint.

    I have seen shoutbox scripts that can bring a server to its knees, because of the database refresh and javascripts. On my main forum I ran a shoutbox script for a little while. As traffic grew, so did the resources it was using. At one point the shoutbox was taking up 95% of the cpu time. It finally had to be removed.
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  • Profile picture of the author ngash
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    Yes they take up resources.

    Avoid installing a plugin for plugin sake. The best approach to dealing with plugins is the need-based approach, where you install the plugins you need.

    Eventually you have your own unique list of plugins
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
    I often use ..All-in-one-seo, contact form 7, stat press reloaded...
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    • Profile picture of the author John Derrick
      Originally Posted by EfitnessNYC View Post

      I often use ..All-in-one-seo, contact form 7, stat press reloaded...

      Just wanted to mention that I too used to use stat press reloaded, because it provides very reliable data, BUT....

      and it is a big but IMHO

      if you have a high traffic blog, it will create HUGE databases and slow your site down dramatically.

      Free Law of Attraction & Self Development Writings By John Derrick was taking 24 seconds to load with statpress reloaded running, and I had HostGator take a look at why it was loading so slow. They said it was Stat Press that was slowing wordpress down.

      I disabled Stat Press Reloaded, and now the site loads between 3 - 8 seconds.

      Something to think about.
      (24 seconds is an enternity on a high speed connection)
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Originally Posted by timpears View Post

    Do these plugins take up resources and slow the blog loading,
    Yes and yes.

    That's one of the reasons I am a "plugin minimalist"

    People are lazy and afraid to copy/paste a simple line in a template file... so they end up using plugins for everything: like putting a tracking code in your footer. That's insane.

    Don't need to take seriously all those lists done by self-proclaimed WP "experts". Use plugins on a strictly "need" basis, nothing more.
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    • Profile picture of the author ~kev~
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      like putting a tracking code in your footer. That's insane.
      Where else are you supposed to put the google analytics code? Either in the footer or in the header - that is the only places I know to put it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    It is insane to use a plugin instead of copy/pasting. Sorry if it wasn't clear...
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  • Profile picture of the author majidmaskat
    I have a wordpress question to monetise should we put our username the same name as our domain name and keyword?
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by majidmaskat View Post

      wordpress question to monetise
      $44,000 a month with Anik and Saj P
      If I could make 44 grands a month... I wouldn't have to ask any "monetisation" question in this forum
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      • Profile picture of the author majidmaskat
        Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

        If I could make 44 grands a month... I wouldn't have to ask any "monetisation" question in this forum
        ofcourse not, but making $44,000 a month does not neccarily have to be done through monetisation. There are other ways, i just wanted to leanr how to monetise a blog as i have never done before, so thanks for your comment though
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  • Profile picture of the author christopherNV
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    • Profile picture of the author majidmaskat
      Originally Posted by christopherNV View Post

      You're not trying to rank your site for "Admin"?

      Actually, I guess it couldn't hurt. Not sure if it would do much good.
      so where should we place our keywords in , title domain and?
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    Well I appreciate all the response to my question. Looks like my thinking was right. I need to choose my plugins carefully. Don't use anything that isn't necessary. Don't want to slow the load down now Google is supposed to be taking loading speed into consideration when deciding where to list your site in the SERP.
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    • Profile picture of the author netkid
      Tim,

      You may also want to try WP Super Cache plugin. This helps with serving up your site to visitors faster because it takes a "snapshot" of your blog page and turns it into a static HTML file, which your server host will show instantly....as opposed to a normal blog site which has to take time to serve up php coded language.

      In layman's terms, this is one small way to "speed up" your blog loading.

      Here is the link:

      WordPress › WP Super Cache WordPress Plugins

      Hope that helps!

      Bruce
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  • Profile picture of the author manishrawat
    WP plugins certainly take resources but only when the run. Yes this can hurt the performance of your blog and that is the reason why you should only install the plugins you really need.

    All-in-Seo is one of the WP pluign you can use.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    Yes, plugins take up resources, that's why you should only need to use the ones you really need. Now, what I need, and what you need, are two different things, so that means that we will use other plugins. That's also, why, although I have a 'standard' list for plugins I install, I will also check with the customer what they need. For example, if they want to link they're twitter account with their blog, they will need a plugin for that. But I don't have that one listed in my standard list.

    I think I have a maximum of 15 plugins. And that's the maximum, I mean, I have blogs that only have 3 or 4. If they need them, they get them, otherwise I do without.

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  • Profile picture of the author tristen
    Only use those major & helpful plugins that you really needed.

    Stuffing tons of plugins in your blog only can slowing down your blog loading speed.

    There are several major plugins included:

    Akismet, Wp-cache, Contact form, Site map generato
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  • Profile picture of the author sparkingproducts
    be careful with that WP Cache one, it should only be turned on when you are sending out a mass e-mail campaign, or the like.
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