Monthly Archives: July 2012

Are Your WordPress Plugins Safe?

wp safety

Here at Honeycomb Design Studio my husband and I are frequently helping clients who have had their sites crash or become infected with malware due to WordPress Plugins they are using. To save you some heartache, I thought it might be a good idea to share the things that we tell our clients.

These guidelines are not completely foolproof, but they are a good place to start when choosing which WordPress Plugins to install on your WordPress self-hosted site.

1) Only install plugins from the WordPress Plugin repository.

WordPress Plugins

2) Only use WordPress Plugins that are compatible with your current version of WP. (which should also be kept up to date)

Your WordPress version can be found at the very bottom of your dashboard.

wordpressplugintut

The specific details about compatibility, for each plugin, are located right below the red download button.

WP Plugin Compatibility

 4) Always check the details.

WP Plugin Details

  • Do you have the required version?
  • How long ago was it updated?

5) Always check the star rating.

wp plugin star rating

  • What kind of star rating does the plugin have?

6) Always check for known issues.

WP Known plugin issues

  • Are there support issues that are unresolved?

7) Do a Google search to see what people are saying about the plugin.

WP Plugin Praise

  • Are there many complaints about this plugin?
  • Are people praising the plugin?

8) Keep your plugins up to date.

The most important thing that I can tell you is to keep your plugins up to date. Do you see the little circle with the “1″ inside of it beside the “Updates” and beside the “Plugins” menu items? Those are telling you that something needs to be updated. It is important for you to keep your plugins up to date all the time.

wp plugin updates

9) Discard any plugins that you are not using or that are deactivated.

It is very important to discard any plugins that you are not using or that you have deactivated. If you have a plugin that you like, but you don’t need it right now, start a list and then get rid of it.

Take a few moments and check your plugins.
Do you have any additional advice to share?

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