Choice is strange. When you don’t have enough, it’s a problem because you can’t get many things. And for some of us, enough choice is another problem in itself.
We spend time choosing the best out of available ones and never complete goals or end up being late.
When it comes to WordPress, choosing the best plugin for anything is essential but tedious. There are so many choices available but not all are equal. Many times, I myself had to spend lot of time to find the best plugin for something.
So, I decided to write this small guide.
Why This Guide Will Save A Lot Of Time
If you are a WordPress Developer, then you surely have to spend lot of time with finding and setting up correct plugins for clients. And even though you may have a list of favorite plugins, a client may pop up with some unexpected request. In such case, this guide can save a lot of time that you can use somewhere else.
How To Choose That Perfect Plugin
- Write Down Your Requirements: You need to have clear requirements in place before you start looking for a plugin. Just a vague description won’t do. At the very least, have a list of must have features that you need. For example, a client recently asked me to set up events on his blog. He wanted to let users register and then post events by themselves. I made this the primary requirement when looking for plugins and in the end, found a perfect one. The catch, it was not the first search result. In fact, I left 2 other plugins for this because I checked the features first.
- Search: Once you have a clear list of features, start searching. The best place to start is WordPress Plugin Directory. If you do not find satisfactory results there, try a Google search(for plugin directory only, using “free” plugins from unauthorized sites can be dangerous!) as results are better there. Once you have 2-3 good plugins, move on. If you do not find any good ones, try looking for premium ones or start thinking about developing a custom one.
- Compare: Going with the first result is a mistake that I have done several time. It is better to compare the plugins to make sure that the required features are there. First, read the description thoroughly and check compatibility rating. You may find that a feature is missing or a neat little surprise. Next, check the forum complaints. Sometimes, you may find major problems this way.
- Install: Once you are sure about your choice, install the plugin. Set it up and go flying.
Sure, following this process may take a lot of time but rest assured, you will save lot of time as compared to installing and testing every plugin you find.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Do let us know via comments. And do not forget to subscribe.