Hosting service plays a crucial role in affirming your website’s presence over the internet. Without a proper hosting service, people may not even know your websites actually exists. As a serious online entrepreneur, it becomes essential for you to choose a hosting service provider that’ll make sure your website is being noticed by one and all. Today, a majority of WordPress website owners have chosen to host their sites on shared hosting plans. Although, this is a decision, taken, keeping cost-effectiveness in mind, there may be situations wherein a wrong plugin can easily spoil your site’s hosting program. In this blog, I’ve jotted down five of the most popular WordPress plugins that must be avoided when you’ve your site being hosted on a single shared web server.
Are plugins a common cause of site crashes on shared hosting plan?
Yes. A majority of WordPress websites that have been hosted on a single web server often crash due to a wrongly installed plugin. Every plugin that you install and activate on your WordPress site plays a major role in decreasing the site’s load speed. Hence, it becomes a necessity to take special precautions while selecting plugins for your website that shares its web space with many other websites. Since a shared hosting plan involves sharing of server resources viz: RAM and CPU among a group of customers, you need to be extra careful in installing the plugins as it may affect your site’s load speed and its overall performance.
And now, the 5 WordPress plugins to avoid while on a shared hosting
Plugin No.1- Google XML Sitemap
Although Google XML Sitemap is an excellent plugin for generating flawless sitemaps, you should avoid installing it as its server intensive nature may easily strain your shared hosting server. This can further lead to a massive downtime for your WordPress website followed by a bad performance. Instead, you may choose to install any of the two plugins viz: Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps and Google Sitemap. Both these plugins do a good job and allow you to add a Sitemap, without straining your server.
Plugin No.2- WP-PostViews
Unlike Google Analytics and Jetpack plugin, WP-PostViews plugin writes to the database on every page load, making the site eat up too many server resources. Hence, it’s recommended to avoid installing WP-PostViews for a WordPress site that’s hosted via a shared server. You may choose from a variety of other plugins that work well for measuring the number of times your posts/pages have been visited, the sources from which most of your traffic comes from etc.
Plugin No.3- Broken Link Checker
Although this WordPress plugin works best for checking your posts/pages, comments and other web content for broken links/missing images, it’s recommended to avoid installing this plugin under a situation wherein your website is being hosted via a single web server that’s already been shared by a number of other website owners. Instead, you may opt for Broken Link Checker (this is an online tool), Xenu Link Sleuth (this app is tailor-made for Windows users) and Integrity (this app is tailor-made for Macintosh users), which perform a similar job with complete excellence.
Plugin No.4- Yet Another Related Posts
This is also a database intensive WordPress plugin. With this plugin, all the indexing, functions and sorting is being carried out with the help of server resources, reducing the load speed of your website. An effective alternative to this plugin is using plugins such as nRelate and LinkWithin that run on their dedicated servers, allowing your server to rest easy.
Plugin No.5- WordPress Popular Posts
WordPress Popular Posts widget plugin works best for displaying the most popular posts in your blog, but using it in case of a shared hosting server can led to major consequences. Instead, you may choose to install nrelate Most Popular plugins that’ll monitor your website for displaying the most popular posts in the desired format. Backed with its own servers, nrelate makes your web server free from strain.
So, that was a list of WordPress plugins to avoid in case of a shared web hosting. I’m sure you’d have understood as to why I’ve recommended avoiding these plugins. A lot of effort goes into maintaining a website and if you’re familiar with the pitfalls that are associated with certain website elements, make sure to stay away from them.
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