No matter the size of your company, running a blog takes time. Often, you need to try out a few different themes and plugins before deciding which ones work best for you. The problem is that many of us end up leaving their rejects lying around, littering their WordPress backends.
ARE YOU GUILTY OF BEING A WORDPRESS PLUGIN HOARDER?
Now you may be thinking, “What’s the harm? I’ll get around to deleting them when I have the time,” but believe it or not these unused plugins and themes can actually have a negative impact on your WordPress installation. In fact, after performing numerous recent site reviews, we found this to be the most common issue.
BY DELETING USED PLUGINS AND THEMES IT WILL HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING:
KEEP HACKERS OUT
One of the main issues concerning unused themes and plugins is that they are more vulnerable to hackers. Malicious individuals may exploit your unused themes and plugins and use them to gain access to your site and its content. If you have never checked the plugins, you’d never know – giving hackers the perfect opportunity to go unnoticed.
While WordPress has had its fair share of hacks, it’s usually been as a result of site managers failing to update their installation or in recent cases, leaving unwanted plugins and themes cluttering up their sites!
By simply uninstalling the themes and plugins that are littering your WordPress backend, you can increase its security and improve the chances massively of keeping the hackers out.
IMPROVE SITE SPEED AND EFFICIENCY
While there’s nothing wrong with plugins on your WordPress blog, if you also have a number of them unused lying around in your backend, it’s going to take its toll on your site’s performance.
Hoarding plugins can slow down your site’s page loading speed, as it will give browsers more hoops for them to jump through. If your blog takes ages to load, visitors are less likely to stay around, and of course we want them to stay and read your content.
The simple way to prevent this is to remove the plugins and themes that you no longer use. If for some reasons you find that you need them in the future, you can always download and install them again. You don’t have to say goodbye forever!
As well as helping to boost your WordPress site’s performance, cleaning up your WordPress themes and plugins will also allow for quicker back-ups!
IT’S TIME FOR A TIDY UP (EVEN WORDPRESS SAYS SO!)
It’s not just Ashmont Design that thinks it’s time you did a little housekeeping – WordPress agrees. In fact, they’ve created a whole article on some of the different house keeping duties you can carry out to keep your WordPress website running securely and efficiently. From getting rid of unwanted themes and plugins to upgrading those in use, there are plenty of tasks that will help you change your website for the better. See the full list here, think of it as an early spring cleaning.
UNINSTALLING UNUSED THEMES AND PLUGINS ON WORDPRESS
There is really no excuse not to uninstall your unwanted WordPress themes and plugins! Head into your WordPress backend and you’ll find a full list of your plugins and themes – each of which can be deleted with a single click of the mouse; doing so will make a world of difference to your site.