WordPress plugins are a savior for beginners.
Howbeit, with thousands and thousands of WordPress plugins available in the official plugin directory, anyone may find it overwhelming to find the right plugin for the job.
Let us walk through the checklist to choose the best WordPress plugin. However, please be aware that these steps would increase your chances of spotting the right plugin and not guarantee the same result.
The first thing you must do before searching for a plugin is to have a clear idea of what you expect, i.e., the features from the plugin you are searching for.
Let’s say you found multiple plugins, and you need to finalize one among these. In such a case, you can compare between the plugins. The WordPress plugin page consists of detailed information about the plugin, such as what it does, how to use it, plugin version, active installations, last updated date, minimum WordPress version needed to run the plugin, etc.
The active installs and last updated date are a good indicator of how popular a plugin is among the users.
Besides this, you may even reach out to the thought leaders who are into website development and ask them about the plugins. There are high chances that they have tested multiple plugins and are using the one that performs well.
You may reach the thought leader by emailing them. And you don’t have to worry about how to find email addresses because with email search tools, like GetEmail.io, you can find the valid email id of any person.
Plugin Ratings & Reviews
These factors reveal the popularity of a plugin. In addition, it does give a sense of security in learning that many users use a WordPress plugin.
The number of stars against a plugin represents the rating score, where one is the lowest and five being the highest.
Likewise, when WordPress user rates a plugin, they are asked to review their rating. These reviews are publicly available on the rating bar.
However, it is also noticed that WordPress users often use the plugins without rating them. Hence it is possible that a plugin used by thousands of users may not have enough users rating it.
Support Page Thread
You will find a support page in the WordPress plugin repository for every plugin. This page gives you evidence of any ongoing issues in a plugin.
If you notice a plugin with many unresolved threads and the plugin author has not replied to any of the issues, it could mean that the author has lost interest. So, it is better to keep away from such plugins as they may not work in the long run.
Make use of the FAQ Section.
The FAQ section usually contains valuable details, such as how to use a plugin. But, often, many users fail to follow this step and start complaining about minor issues in the plugin and ask the same questions already available in the FAQ section.
Testing the Plugin
Some plugins don’t adhere to the WordPress coding standards and may slow down your website.
To avoid such risk, you can check your website loading speed in Google page speed insight, Pingdom, GTMetrics, etc., and make a note of the time it takes to load before activating the plugin.
Again, after activating the plugin check the website loading speed.
If the loading speed has increased significantly on activating the plugin, you must find a better plugin.
These are a few factors that might help you to judge if a plugin on WordPress is trustworthy. What other factors do you consider?