One of the advantages of using WordPress as a CMS or blogging platform is that it is extensible — that is, you can easily add new functions and capabilities by the use of plugins, which are additional pieces of software that sit inside your WordPress installation.
Plugins can make it easy for you to add a secure contact page to your site, to add social sharing buttons, to add image galleries or other features, among other things. If you would like to add a feature your site currently does not have, please contact us.
To keep your site running fast, we try to keep the number of plugins to a minimum. However, there are a handful of plugins which we use on almost every site. We also have a number of "go-to" plugins we use to add functionality that our clients often need.
Good plugins are updated on a periodic basis. This is done for many reasons, including:
- Eliminating bugs and incompatible code
- Adding new features
- Patching security holes
Because it is in your best interests to keep plugins up to date, we tend to install updates as they become available. Please note, however, that this can occasionally cause things to break. Our policy is to let you know that we've updated a plugin, let you know the reason(s) for the update, and give you a heads-up that things may function a little differently. If there is an issue with a plugin update, we will temporarily roll back to an earlier version until the issue is repaired by the plugin author.
In general, we will attempt to inform you of all major updates to plugins, as well as any minor ones that may have a significant impact on how you use your WordPress site. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
Deletion of Non-Activated Plugins
Some users ask us to install plugins which they never activate. Because non-activated plugins can be the source of security issues, we periodically examine our clients' WordPress sites and delete any plugins which have been installed but not activated.