This is my first post of this ‘Plugin of the Week’ series. I plan to review a plugin every week for people to follow on my blog. But, before I go ahead and tell you what are my favourite WordPress Plugins, I would like to introduce you to the way that I choose a plugin. There are certain variables that we have to take into account when choosing to add a plugin to our websites. In the interest of quality, compatibility and security we have to look at the list of plugins presented to us and follow a criteria before choosing the best one.
How Do I Know which Plugin to Download on my WordPress Website?
Here is my criteria for chosing a plugin before I download it. For this tutorial, I want to add a ‘Pin it’ button to all of the images on my blog so that they can be easily pinned to Pinterest by me or anyone else visiting my blog. In order to do this, we will go to the Plugins tab, and add new plugin.
When I type Pinterest into the ‘Add Plugin’ bar I am presented with a number of options. So how do I choose?
Here’s the Criteria!
Take a look at the option below:
1. First we see how many times the plugin has been downloaded. The more downloads, the better. We see too that there is a four and a half star rating for this plugin, so that’s good!
2. Next, we check how often the plugin is being updated. Here we see that it was last updated 3 months ago. This is an indication that the developer is tending (albeit not that frequently) to the plugin and fixing bugs that may arise with each new WordPress upgrade. (We would prefer if the plugin was last updated sooner but we will keep this in mind when looking at other options.)
3. Then, we look at whether the plugin is compatible with our version of WordPress. It is important to note that we should always have the latest version of WordPress downloaded onto our websites. So if the plugin is compatible this is a good indicator.
Here is another plugin – Let’s look at our criteria again!
1. There are only 2.013 downloads and a 3 star rating.
2. It was last updated 2 years ago.
3. The plugin is untested with our version of WordPress
The above indicates that perhaps the developer has abandoned the plugin altogether so it is best not to use this in case there may be a problem with it in future.
So, in this case I am going to go with the first option; the Pinterest ‘Pin It’ button. The developer has last updated it 3 months ago, but I don’t see it as a huge problem since the plugin is compatible with the latest version of WordPress. It’s worth noting too, that there are other plugins on the page which have been updated more recently, but they don’t carry as much clout since they don’t have that many downloads or star ratings attached to them.
I’m happy with my choice, so will go ahead and download this plugin.
Do you have a different set of criteria for choosing a plugin for your WordPress Website? If so, I would love to hear it. Comment below and let me know what you think!
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