When I first started out creating websites with WordPress, I was in awe of the depth and variety of plugins available. During those golden days I would willingly install just about anything that looked cool. Shortly thereafter, I was smacked in the head by reality. Stuff started breaking and seriously hurt my good time. It turns out that not every plugin is a great one. And there are times when it seems like the work we do is held together with bubble gum and duct tape. Everything works splendidly until it doesn’t. That’s why it’s so crucial to understand what you’re getting into when choosing to rely on a WordPress plugin. It’s especially important when using a plugin that will make up some core functionality of your site. For example, if one of the core functions of your website is to accept dinner reservations, you had better pick the right plugin. But how do you know what you’re getting into? Leap of faith The first rule of using plugins (or a CMS, or a mobile app, etc.) is that there are no guarantees. We don’t know if the plugin will play nicely with others we’re using. We don’t even know if it will still be around in a couple
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