One of the greatest benefits from having an Optimized WordPress is the level of management we invest in maintaining a list of plugins that will have a detrimental effect on your site. Developers with experience with WordPress are likely familiar with the havoc an untested plugin can cause.
This article will provide you with a list of plugins that we actively restrict the use of on our Optimized WordPress platform. In addition to this, we will cover the most common reasons why a plugin will be added to this list.
- Why Plugins are Disallowed
- What Plugins are Disallowed
Why Plugins are Disallowed
There are 4 main reasons why plugins may be disallowed. While a plugin may be disallowed for less common reasons, the primary 4 causes for blacklisting a plugin will be covered by this article. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact us via phone or Live Chat for assistance.
The main reasons a plugin may be blacklisted are as follows:
You will find that our concerns ultimately coincide with keeping your site fully functional. Optimized WordPress is not a development platform and is designed around providing a highly optimized hosting experience with outstanding uptime, reliability, security, and performance.
To this end, we include the following with every Optimized WordPress site:
- Caching: For performance and speed.
- CodeGuard: For backups and redundancy.
- Sitelock: For enhanced security and reduced vulnerability.
For the overall health of both your website and the server, and to provide the most optimized hosting solution possible, plugins that duplicate services that we already provide and include with your Optimized WordPress account may not be used.
Often plugins include functionality that may increase the server load at the time that the site is loaded. A high server load can prevent your site from being loaded quickly, and can even cause site and server downtime. This can be done a number of ways:
- Loading and reviewing large amounts of your code with every load.
- Over frequent database access.
- Poor database optimization resulting in database stability and speed issues.
These are just a few examples and are not by any means a comprehensive list. In order to ensure that your site is served quickly and reliably, we must restrict the use of inefficient plugins.
We take the security of your website very seriously. It is important to note that software on your website can potentially be accessed by malicious third-parties.
Both SiteLock and CodeGuard are included with Optimized WordPress, allowing you to scan your site for malware and restore when damage has been found. We also actively track many plugins with known vulnerabilities and prevent their installation to help provide you with the most secure possible hosting experience.
Note: A Known Vulnerability is when software has a documented method for circumventing your security,allowing anyone who specifically wishes to target your site to do so with a simple internet search.
Plugins with known vulnerabilities are often targeted by campaigns to compromise every site they are installed on due to the likelihood of widespread success.
We do our best to actively maintain a list of plugins with known vulnerabilities and blacklist them accordingly to help you maintain a healthy and secure website.
In order to ensure the best experience for you, we blacklist plugins that are known to send SPAM. Many plugins are able to send mail via a script, which can result in plugins that abuse this privilege.
Plugins that send spam to users can be detrimental to your domain, as it may become blacklisted, or worse. It is important that sending email adhere to current SPAM laws.
If you are unable to use a plugin because of the way it maintains its email lists, then you may wish to consider Constant Contact. Constant Contact allows you to easily maintain an email marketing campaign that adheres to all SPAM laws effectively and affordably:
What Plugins are Disallowed
Here is a complete* list of plugins that are disallowed on our Optimized WordPress platform:
- * This list is complete as of September 14, 2016. Plugins may be added to the disallowed list at any time and without warning or notification. If a plugin meets any of the criteria outlined in this article it is likely to be disallowed.