One of WordPress’ biggest strengths is its plugin architecture combined with open source. This allows infinite possibilities for running a WordPress site. One of the best places to source plugins is the WordPress plugin directory. The directory hosts open source free to use plugins. The feature set of the plugins found in the repo can be anything from small tweaks to full-blown applications. We host our free OSS Pluginize plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. With over 44,000 plugins, navigating the WordPress plugin directory and finding exactly what you need can be cumbersome. Every plugin found should be evaluated and tested before installing on a production site. The WordPress plugin review team does an excellent job with the initial upload review of a plugin, but after that a plugin can be broken and unsuitable for use. In this post, I’ll go over how to spot plugins that you should consider and ones to avoid. Some plugins may not have been updated in a while but still may be of use–we’ll cover that scenario as well. Never rely solely on the description of a plugin when evaluating its worthiness. Plugin Testing All plugins should be tested before installing
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