Over on Connected Internet there is a list of four plug-ins that Everton thinks you should watch out for, as they don’t always work as nicely as we would hope. He actually goes as far to recommend not installing these plug-ins at all.
Over, the last couple of weeks I’ve had a few big traffic spikes that have caused my WordPress installation problems. Upgrading to the next highest tier with PowerVPS didn’t solve the problem, and even despite having 2 caches running, my site was slowing down and even shutting down at times.
I discovered that the cause of my problems were certain plugins, and after removing them my CPU load returned to manageable levels. Unfortunately, not before I’d missed out on a significant number of new readers.
Plug-ins like Angsuman’s Translator Plugin Pro, Gravatars, Readers Posts Plugin and Fancy Archives.
Read all about why on his site, Connected Internet.
I haven’t had too much trouble with plug-ins in the past, though I do find Gravatar a bit slow, even with caching, and I think some plugins are badly written and could use a bit more time put into them to optimize them, but otherwise, generally plug-ins are helpful and serve a purpose. Have you had trouble with any specific plug-in? Let me know.
via The Blog Herald