Over the past couple of years I’ve defended WordPress heavily against criticism that it’s slow, unreliable, unsafe and contains sub-par code. I always point out that this is in large part an issue with third party plugins and themes employing bad practices. I stand behind my comments 100%, but this doesn’t mean that WordPress can wash its hands of this issue. In this article I thought I’d play devil’s advocate and explore some opportunities WordPress could take to raise the standard of its extended environment. A note before we begin: I will be writing a lot about badly coded plugins and bad plugins in general. I want to make it clear that WordPress has some amazing plugins (especially the ones on this site!), which set a great example for coders everywhere. In this article I’m focusing on the bad ones, due to the nature of this article. I’m fully aware of the amazing products that are out there. The Current State of Affairs WordPress currently hosts 36,483 plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory. This may not seem like a lot compared to the number of apps on the Apple App Store (well over a million) but it is still a staggering amount. If you installed and tried out one every hour
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