This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 134
Social Network Tabs, a WordPress plugin, was mentioned on TechCrunch the other day, but not for a positive reason. The plugin was basically proven to have a huge security issue that allowed people to gain control over the Twitter accounts of those using the plugin. I suggest reading the full article on TechCrunch if you want to understand all of the details.
The takeaway for me is that if a plugin hasn’t been updated in over a year, it is probably abandoned and needs to be replaced. Social Network Tabs was last updated several years ago.
A WordPress Expert, and I’m sorry if I butcher the name, Francesco Carlucci has posted an article that talks about plugin performance. He shows the impact of having some popular plugins activated, with some adding a small increase in site load time and others have a much larger impact. He had to run the tests on the back-end of WordPress because his hosting provider, like many good ones, heavily caches the front-end pages.
Though I will note that if he had the ability to have the traffic test performed on the administration panel, most hosting providers don’t cache logged-in users, even on the front-end. But that’s neither here nor there. In the end, he found some plugins were adding upwards of four whole seconds of additional load time to the admin. Check out his post on his personal blog for more information.
I’d like to see more tests like this and it might be something that I have to do over the coming weeks to get a better picture of how things work. I’ve heard from some people that most plugins don’t have an appreciable effect on front-end site performance. What are your thoughts?
That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.