• Only use current plugins
• Because security.
• Check the change logs
• You may not understand them, but they should be
• Too many updates is a red flag
• If it updates every week, STAY AWAY
“A good plugin does one thing,
and does that one thing well.”
- Andrew Norcross
There is no single site solution.
• Your mechanic is not also your vet (I hope)
• Focused products keep your project focused
• Distractions take time, which costs you
• Exceptions for complicated matters like SEO
One Click Installation is the goal
• Plugin files should install with a single .zip file
• FTP stands for “%&$# that plugin” because
you should never have to FTP for install
• All plugins on the WordPress repo have a one-
click install button
Settings Pages are the Devil.
• The plugin should just work.
• If the plugin does just one thing, why does it
take so long to set up?
• At most, you should only have to visit a
settings page on the initial install
• Again, SEO is the exception