Is your website performance being hindered by plugins?
What is the harm of plugins?
Firstly your website performance can be impacted, which means so can your search engine placement.
Having to manually update your website isn’t just dependant on a server configuration, but could be occurring due to a plugin hindering the process. Often when you need to manually update a WordPress website, the process is delayed due to available time.
So if you can automatically update the WordPress website with a click of a couple of buttons, it is the preferred option. If you are having problems using WordPress’s automatic update, you should check to see if a plugin is at fault.
Are your target visitors able to properly use your website’s features?
Thirdly some plugins might look great, but might cause problems or not be viewable via some browsers, which could hinder your website’s objectives. Instead you could investigate non-plugin methods to achieve the same effect.
Before you look at non-plugin options, you should look at your website statistics, to see what web browsers the majority of visitors are using.
For instance if you are running a mobile phone related website and have a large percentage of visitors using mobile technology to view your website, you need to test your website and thus plugins via the same platform, and see if you need to make changes.
Hiring an experienced WordPress developer can mean the above issues can be tackled on your behalf by the developer, and when possible small amounts of custom code can be used to achieve the same effects, that some plugins provide.