Are you concerned with the speed of your WordPress artist blog? One reason your site might be a little slower than you would like is that of the plugins you have installed. In this post, you will discover why you should uninstall unused plugins and how to do it step by step.
Why You Need to Uninstall Unused Plugins
Developing your dream WordPress website is often a trial and error process.
You will have an idea of how you would like the layout of your site to be so you will try different themes and plugins until you land on an arrangement that matches your vision.
While searching for the perfect plugin, you will soon realize that your website is overloaded with unused plugins and themes which could cause performance and security issues.
There is no reason you should have your admin panel cluttered with unused themes and plugins. Just get rid of them.
Plugins and Site Speed
Google likes fast websites. You will want to keep an eye on your site’s speed if you would like to have an advantage over your competition.
The more files that you have on your site, the slower your site will be. Just like your computer. When your computer was new, it was lightning fast. After six months you start to notice that your computer is slowing down.
Removing unnecessary plugins will decrease your files making it faster to load and restore a backup.
You can install as many plugins as you need, but if they are not in use, deactivate and uninstall them.
Many new bloggers think that when they deactivate a plugin they do not have to worry about updating the plugin.
Plugins that are not updated will open the door for hackers to hack your site. Safety issues are one of the reasons your plugins and themes will have updates.
Any deactivated plugins you might have lingering around could produce safety issues because you might not get a notice to update the plugins which will make your site easier to be hacked.
Keep your site safe by uninstalling unused plugins and themes. You can always install them again at a different time if you decide to use them in the future.
Difference between Uninstall and Deactivate
Just to clear things up, there is a difference between deactivation and uninstalling plugins.
You can stop a plugins performance by clicking the deactivate link.
However, the file is still being stored on your site.
If you want to permanently remove the plugin you will have to take the extra step and install the plugin.
How to Uninstall
It is very easy to uninstall a plugin.
In your WordPress dashboard hover over the plugins links on the left-hand sidebar.
Click on Installed Plugins
This will bring you to a page that has a list of your plugins. It will display active and inactive plugins. You will have the option to activate, deactivate, or delete a plugin on this page.
Once a plugin is deactivated you will have the ability to remove the plugin.
To remove the plugin click on the delete link displayed under the plugin, you wish to delete.
A pop-up will ask you if you are sure that you want to remove the plugin.
Click the link that says, Yes, delete these files.
It is that easy to keep your site running faster and prevent security risks.
What are your thoughts? Do you find that WordPress makes it easy for you to run your artist website? Did you find it easy to uninstall unused plugins?
Would you like to learn more about your WordPress sites features?
Here are some eBooks and courses I designed to help you become familiar with everything you will need to know about your WordPress site.
You will be trying a variety of plugins until you find the perfect fit for your art business.
Security and performance are the two main reasons why you need to uninstall unused plugins on Art Blogs.
Keep your hard work safe. Take a minute to uninstall unused plugins.
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