6 Reasons Why You Should Uninstall A WordPress Plugin

This is a guest article by Dana of Blogging Tips Blog where he shares his experience with nasty plugins that deteriorate the blog’s performance and why you should uninstall a particular wordpress plugin. You too can join in by following our guest blogging guidelines

In my opinion, WordPress is the best platform for blogging because there are so many WordPress plugins available that can be used freely to optimize your blog’s functions. WordPress plugins allow bloggers to use many advanced blogging functions without the need to learn “how to code”. Bloggers only need to find a suitable WordPress plugin (which is easy to find), upload, and then install it. There is no need to do coding like in the other blogging platforms. However, since the WordPress plugins act as a third party application, it may not work well for our blog sometimes. It may slow down our blog, produce a broken layout, or cause any other blog problem.

We may be forced to uninstall a plugin to overcome a particular blog problem or if the blog’s state is very bad or it needs to improve it’s performance. Here, I share six reasons why you should uninstall  WordPress plugins from your blog:

Reason #1. You Can Do It the Manual Way

WordPress plugins are used to do certain advanced blog functions without coding in the first place. However, there are many WordPress plugins that perform very simple functions. These kind of WordPress plugins  load our blog with unnecessary additional interfacing and increase the load time. Also, we can replace these simple WordPress plugins with simple programming code. Therefore, I suggest that we always use the  manual way instead of using a WordPress plugin for simple functions since the code will be very simple. It will be able to reduce the blog fault problems and load time significantly.

Reasons #2. Slow Down Your Blog

I already mentioned it in reason #1 but I think it is better to discuss it in a separate section. It is because of this reason is extremely important. Since WordPress plugins act as third party applications and also, they usually need database resources, sometimes there will be a significant reduction in blog speed. It is always true that too many WordPress plugins will surely slow down our blog. The bad WordPress plugins are the major cause behind the slowing down of blogs. Therefore, we should uninstall all the WordPress plugins that significantly slow down our blog.

Reasons #3. Find A Better Plugin For The Function

There are so many WordPress plugins out there and some of them provide the same basic function. It means that we can always replace one plugin with another plugin and still enjoy the same functionality (with more features and advanced functionality). Therefore, it is normal that we uninstall a WordPress plugin and replace it with a better WordPress plugin. Improvement in blog performance is a good reason behind a plugin change.

Reason #4. Conflict With a More Important Plugin

If we use many WordPress plugins, there is a big probability that a conflict occurs – a conflict between two or more WordPress plugins. I, myself experienced this WordPress plugin conflict. The conflict which forced me to uninstall some of the WordPress plugins. In this conflict situation, we will be forced to sacrifice some WordPress plugins for more important WordPress plugins. It means that we uninstall the less important WordPress plugin so that the important one can run smoothly. We can remove it forever or search for another plugin that does not conflict with the important plugin.

Reason #5. Feed Up The Blog Resources

This reason is related with our web hosting service. There are many bloggers that use cheap web hosting service which allow limited resources to be used. If our resources feed up, our hosting account may be blocked or disabled. It is legal because it is already mentioned in their web hosting contract (Term Of Service/TOS). Therefore, we  need to a keep the resources’ usage below the threshold. For this, we may be forced to uninstall our blog’s WordPress plugins since there are some WordPress plugins which demand very high resources to run properly.

Reason #6. Create Too Many External DoFollow Links

As we know, too many external dofollow links can harm our blog rank in search engine eyes. It is because too many external dofollow link make search engine determine our blog as link farm site. Therefore we need to be careful and always in full control of our blog’s external dofollow link. In this case, we may need to uninstall our blog WordPress plugin since there are some WordPress plugins which require dofollow links from users.

Final Words

In my opinion, the best thing about WordPress as blogging platform is that there are many WordPress plugins available to help bloggers who do not have deep knowledge in programming. Therefore, it allows Bloggers to have advanced blog functions without the need to do coding. However, sometimes, there are reasons to uninstall our WordPress plugins. In this blog post, I already shared six reasons to uninstall WordPress plugin from our blog. If we look at the relationships between all of the reasons that I mentioned in this blog post, all the reasons are related with improvement in blog’s performance.

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  • I have mentioned this in two blog comments now, and as this post is also about WordPress Plugins, I think it is relevant here too.

    Over at Dev’s blog Technshare, it got suspended because of the related post plugin. In Dev’s words:

    “Hello Everyone, 21 June,10 was a very sad day for me, a very sad one indeed. Why? because my my blog suspended for hours. Yesterday i saw my hostgator account got suspended because of high server load and the same time my net stopped working (what a.. bad luck).

    Hostgator – One of the most Reliable Hosting I have ever seen, they are very reliable.

    What now happened?

    The problem was of high server load. Today i come to know Yet another related posts plugin causing the high server load. I just removed the yet another related posts plugin. Now i’m using wp related posts plugin. I’m also using W3 Total cache and clean options plugin to reduce the server load.”

    As you can see, the related post plugin caused the high server load.


    • Yup, yet another plugin need heavy server resources which lead to ban in my old web hosting. However, I still not face the same problem with Hostgator until now.

  • Hi Dana, This is the first time I saw a guest post from you. I do know that some plugins can cause problems with the WP 3.0 upgrade too. Some bloggers are afraid to upgrade their blogs due to the plugin upgrade fears.

    Thanks for the nice guest post.

    • Luckily, I did not face this problem when I upgraded my blog to WP 3.0. And people should not be afraid since WP will ask us to upgrade the unmatched plugin (in first step of upgrading) before the upgrading is continued.

  • You are right Dana! Usually, when we use the plugin, there are lots of preset dofollow links. This will definitely influence our SEO. We have to choose only some suitable plugins to be used.

    • Yes, it is. For me, I remove the links sometimes through plugin source code if I really need the plugin.

  • Yes, we must be very careful while choosing the wordpress plugins. Often, these plugins need to communicate with external sites and hence it is most probable that it will slow down our own very blog from loading. I experienced the same while I tried to use a plugin for tweetback .

    • Agree, we should very careful about it. I, my self, always try to deactivate plugin first if face some blog problem. It can be said as first blogging aid act.

  • Hi Dana! Thanks for reminding me to uninstall some unnecessary plugins! 🙂

    It is true that plugins can cause problems. For example, Dev’s blog, Tech N’ Share, got suspended because of Yet Another Related Posts plugin causing a high server load.

    Yet another high server load problem caused by the Yet Another Related Posts plugin!

    • Gloson,

      I still can’t see why Yarrp plugin will lead to a blog suspension. I think wp super cache can help us deal with the problem. Caching saves time andI think it converts the php into html format for fast viewing

      • It think it is because the YARP process which is to often while compare each of the blog post. I experienced it in my limited web hosting before I moved to Hostgator.

      • I never had a problem with YARRP i using it from last one year, but did not face any such issue maybe its because I am not using YARRP as plugin but using it as integral part of theme

  • I agree. I talk to a lot of site owners who have 10 to 20 plug-ins installed!!!! That has to cripple the speed of those sites something terrible.

  • i am totally agree with u
    i don’t use any plug in for ads……

  • In regards to speed, everyone should be using WordPress caching to speed up page response and bandwidth.

    On Hostgator, when you install WordPress via Fantastico, WP-Super Cache is installed by default.

  • I have known bloggers who have WordPress plugins for everything. There is nothing worse than a bad user experience. Remember that any user looking for speed, speed, and if not available in the first when they arrive at our blogs, the first thing will be to leave and not want to return.

    Some plugins (such as cache, related posts, tweetmeme) it is indispensable, but others are unnecessary. The WordPress template functions blogger offers many possibilities. You have to consider studying the possibilities of working with it and thus improve your user experience.

    • Agree! We should learn how to optimize WordPress code directly so no need heavy WordPress plugin to fulfill our needs.

  • This has been a very informative post. I never really thought about the plugins in terms of overloading the server. I do like wordpress a lot because of the ease of use, and also because of the amazing selection of plugins available to do pretty much anything.

    Each wordpress blog I set up now, I am able to do so much more with. Sites like this have helped me a lot over the past few months.

    Thank you.

  • Ben

    Yeah there are a few different cache plugins that help reduce loading times. You just have to test out which ones work best for your site.

  • uggh… i just switched to wordpress and am using 18 plugins on my site! now i’m worried that this is too many- but i do not see anything that i can get rid of! any articles about the worst plug ins for blog loading speed? thanks, shari

  • rndtechnologies786

    Good think.