If you like to take polls, Jeff Starr from Digging Into WordPress is asking “How Many Plugins is Too Many?”
As of November 20, 2015 there have been 526 votes cast and showing the following results.
- 42% say 11-25 plugins are a reasonable number for a site.
- 38% say the fewer the better, but 1-10 plugins are essential.
- 11% say it’s impossible to build anything without 26 – 50 plugins.
- 4% agree 15-100 is the perfect number of plugins for the sites they build.
- 3% say over 100 is ok, because WordPress can handle anything.
- Only 1% viewed plugins as the root of all evil and shouldn’t be used.
Many commenters mentioned it’s not about quantity as much as it is about quality.
The problem with this poll is that ONE plugin is too many if it’s badly coded and wrecks the site’s performance, but you can run lots of plugins if they are lightweight. A simple site might have fewer than 10 plugins, but a more complex site is going to have a minimum of 20, just from the extensions added to support e-commerce, events, forms, etc. It’s possible for a site with 50 plugins to run just fine, but I always try not to use more plugins than I really need.
If you are heading over to cast your vote, please note that they are asking about “typical” WordPress plugins for the poll. If you’re not sure what a WordPress plugin is, or would like to view some recently reviewed plugins, check out the following posts on ClarkWP Magazine.