Have you ever found yourself staring at your computer screen trying to choose a WordPress plugin? Well, if you have, you’re not alone. Most people know that they need a plugin to do a certain job on their website. However, when faced with a choice have no idea which plugin to choose.
Whether you need to add, subtract or change functionality you are going to need a plugin. The problem is how do you know which plugin will work best? It’s easy enough to go to the WordPress Plugin Repository or even find plugins online. It’s not even difficult to install a plugin on your site. The difficult part is choosing the best one for the job.
A couple of months ago when I needed a WordPress plugin to set up a membership site, I knew that the type of plugin that I was looking for existed, but being that I had never used a plugin for a membership site before had no idea which one to choose.
And, once I finally choose a plugin that I thought could do the job, I ended up spending hours reading endless documentation and even breaking my website.
All of my frustration could have been avoided had I just taken several small steps.
3 Simple Steps to Choosing the Best WordPress Plugin
Review The Description – When you are selecting a WordPress plugin always begin by reading the description. Make sure that the plugin that you are considering has the features that you want. Although it will take you some time, it is time well invested. This way you can learn exactly what each plugin does. Although two plugins may seem to do the same job, often one will be more suited to fit your needs.
Read The Changelog – Take a look at how often the developer has been updating the plugin as well as why. The most important thing is to make sure that the plugin that you choose is being maintained. I suggest staying away from any plugin that has not been maintained for a year or more.
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