There’s some very popular plugins that get mentioned a lot on blogs about WordPress.
Are they really as good as many people say they are?
Let me know what you really think about any of these plugins in the comments.
Lets check out some of the most popular plugins and:
- why they’re over promoted
- why you don’t really need them
- other alternatives that are just as good if not better.
We’ll also look at 3 alternative solutions that help solve real problems i see posted everyday on the most popular forums for WordPress users.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
Why do you need to setup this plugin if you’re using a theme framework which already includes built in SEO features?
If you think you’re going to suddenly get an increase in traffic after installing this plugin, you maybe disappointed. My traffic actually went up after i deleted the plugin and transferred the WordPress SEO by Yoast settings to the Genesis themes SEO settings.
Sitemaps are an important part of SEO, but not if they cause you more problems than they are worth which has been well documented in respect of this plugin.
W3 Total Cache
Another popular plugin promoted on many blogs about WordPress. But why?
Might have something to do with the fact the plugin integrates with CDN providers who offer affiliate programs. Two of the biggest affiliates are also 2 of the biggest promoters! uhmmmm.
Why use W3 Total Cache and pay for a CDN service when you can ‘forget about it’ and choose the fastest WordPress only hosting provider? Includes fully managed caching, host your site on servers in the U.S, Europe and Asia as well as a managed CDN.
Migrating WordPress to a new server, host or domain, generally isn’t a pleasant experience for beginners. Backupbuddy is supposed to make the move smoother, take away most of the technical challenges and save you time.
There’s a better way to migrate WordPress in my opinion which is not only faster, it always works and is totally free.
All the extra fluff they’ve added to Backupbuddy, in many cases, has actually made life harder for the users of this plugin and slowed down the migration process.
Agree or Disagree?
Use any of these popular plugins?
Tried the alternatives?