Do Inactive Plugins Slow Down Your WordPress Website
August 14th, 2017 | by Ravi Chahar || 9 Comments |
People read that it’s not recommended to keep the inactive plugins in their WordPress plugins’ list. But what’s the reason? Do inactive plugins slow down your WordPress website?
Just a few days ago, someone asked me what’s the demerit of keeping the deactivated plugins and why everyone is worried about those.
Have you ever thought about it? I am sure, you may have read many articles that WordPress plugins are the saviors as well as the culprits.
WordPress plugins are the reasons people are shifting to this platform.
It’s so easy to handle a website using plugins. Many people also seek as if how do so many WordPress plugins slow down a website.
The answer to the question “Do inactive plugins slow down your WordPress website?” is available in this plugin.
What are these Inactive Plugins
First of all, you should know about which plugins we’re talking about.
I hope you know how to install a WordPress plugin. Just go to Plugins>>Add New and search the name of the plugins and WordPress will automatically fetch from its directory.
In the list of plugins, you will see all the activated and deactivated plugins.
All the active plugins will have an option below them to deactivate whereas deactivated plugins will have an option to activate and to delete the plugin.
If you can’t see the link to activate, the red link for deleting is the key.
Those are the inactive plugins about which we’re talking today. Most of the WordPress users install those plugins for testing and deactivate once tested.
They don’t bother to delete any and the question arises as if what would happen if they keep those plugins downloaded.
Can Deactivated Plugins Impact the page Loading Time
The answer is NO. It’s because WordPress doesn’t load the inactive plugins while loading any page.
When you upload and activate any plugins, its script, CSS file, and the main data file get added. You can easily check by analyzing the source code of a website.
People have one of the biggest misconceptions that all the inactive plugins will also get loaded every time WordPress starts a page loading process.
Either you see those plugins in the wp-content folder in the cPanel or in the plugins’ section.
No other place is there which can be affected by the deactivated plugins. Then why do WordPress professional keep saying that inactive plugins can be dangerous?
There is a solid reason behind it.
Why You Should Delete the Inactive Plugins
A WordPress website can have many vulnerabilities which can be exploited by the hackers. And keeping the deactivated plugins isn’t a good idea.
Suppose you see a new update of an inactive plugin then most probably you wouldn’t update it because you don’t use that plugin.
Well, that can be a problem.
The main reason is that keeping your WordPress website updated is what everyone recommends. It is directly related to the security of your website.
Maybe someone can exploit the inactive plugins and inject any malicious code in any file.
Let me ask you a simple question. Why would you want to keep those deactivated plugins if there is no use?
It’s common sense to get rid of the things which are extra. And if you need them again, it takes only a few seconds to install.
You should also read this WordPress security guide. Website security is one of the major concerns these days.
Do inactive plugins slow down your WordPress website? Did you get an answer to this question? If you still have any doubt, feel free to clear it.