I thought this article on the NBC blog quoting an article on Copyblogger’s blog about choosing plugins was both ironic and useful and wanted to share it here.
The gist is essentially think through your needs, wants and desires and don’t go grabbing everything in the candystore just because it is free to install. The problems a plugin can create down the road can be time consuming, even expensive!
Copyblogger.com has a pretty spiffy post about what we all can learn from Friedrich Nietzsche, noted German philosopher, poet and OMG-worthy blogger, when using WordPress plugins. In this post, the author tried to research a popular quote that actually, as it turned out, was a paraphrased from something Nietzsche said: “At times, our strengths propel us so far forward we can no longer endure our weaknesses and perish from them.”
The quote we hear more often? “Our greatest strengths can also be our greatest weaknesses.”
Basically, the gist is: Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, especially when it comes to blogging and choosing plugins for your blog. Really.
“If your site needs some bit of functionality that isn’t common, you may not be able to find a plugin you can trust. If this happens, first consider whether the functionality is truly necessary. One of the biggest mistakes WordPress users make is letting a desire for “fun” — or intriguing functionality — compel them to add a plugin they don’t actually need.Plugins should only be installed on an “as-needed” basis, not on an “as-wanted” basis. By keeping this simple tenet in mind, your plugin strategy will already be much more solid than most.”
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