Back in October, we asked the WordPress community How Many Plugins do You Use?. Several months later, over 1300 people have voted, and here are the results:
I find these results to be very interesting. Looking at the data, we see that 63% of voters use 10 plugins or less. Further, a whopping 84% of voters use fewer than 20 plugins. Also surprising to see a significant percentage of voters using absolutely no plugins whatsoever. And last but not least, we have the most hardcore WordPress peeps weighing in with over 50 plugins per site! Amazing.
There was also some good conversation about the optimal number of plugins and which plugins are absolutely essential. Here are some of the highlights:
- [...] reducing plugins isn’t the only route to a screaming-fast site. You can run 20 plugins and still have lightning-fast page serving times if your server is well-configured. Using a RAM cache, switching from Apache to NGINX to save on RAM, and making other server tweaks can make a WordPress site scream.
- Jillian Nichols
- In response to those arguing that you can always benefit from Akismet – don’t forget that it’s kind of pointless if your WordPress site doesn’t have any comment forms. I use WordPress to make sites of static content a lot, and there’s no reason to have Akismet installed. In general WordPress out-of-the-box by itself works for me, occasionally I may use one or two plugins.
- Alex Denning
- I’m using 9 which is still too many – Akismet, Sitemap, RSS Footer, SEO Comments, Subscribe to comments, W3 Cache, Backup, WP125 and YARRP. Would love to get that figure down below 5 though.
- Ryan Rampersad
- I look at the plugins I have enabled every now and then to see if I can disable some of them. I think having 15 plugins is too many but I can’t live without them.
- The only plugin I’ve installed is the askimet. I haven’t used any plugins because I’m learning how wordpress works. So if I start depending on plugins it takes the fun out of learning and I don’t find out the capabilities I have of tinkering with wordpress.
- I’m using 71 plugins at the moment, which I realise is a lot but they don’t hinder performance that much. I’ve fine-tuned most of them.
- I want maximum functionality and comfort, so I use more than 20 plugins, to turn my WP into what I absolute want to have :-D
- I use WordPress as a CMS for my clients. I have an average of 10-20 and I don’t see how is possible to achieve some of necessary functionalities, without or with just few of them. Most of them if are well written don’t affect too much the speed of the website.
Thanks to everyone who voted! Stay tuned for the next DiW poll! :)