A WordPress plugin is a program code that contains a set of functions that you can add to a WordPress website. They expand functionality or add new features. WordPress plugins can range from a few code lines to as many as a few hundred code files. In general, you should not overdo add-ons because we often use only one (smaller) part of all the add-on’s functionalities.
Before you install a specific add-on, it is good to pay attention to a few details:
- Reviews and ratings – a mandatory check is the ratio of grades with 5 and 1 star. If you notice that the last few ratings are only 1 or 2 stars, read reviews of why this is the case. Also, check when the last update occurred.
- Support – do the authors of the add-ons respond to the queries, and do they solve them successfully? A fundamental question. If the add-on authors do not respond to queries, they usually do not even maintain the add-on.
- Screenshots – before you install the plugin, check the screenshots. Often in these screenshots, you can see all the plugin options and what they can do.
- The number of installations – there are more and more situations where specific add-ons are downloaded. Someone modifies the code so you cannot see where the add-on is from and then inserts their malicious code into it.
- Checking the FAQ (frequently asked questions) – FAQ is the most common instruction from the author of the plugin on making something and answers frequently asked questions. There you can find 99% of your answers to questions that would interest you.
But how to install plugins and themes in bulk in just one click?
Many website owners usually have their list of plugins and themes they use but installing them one by one takes a lot of time. If you are one of them and your plugins and themes you install and activate after every reset or on every fresh WordPress installation, you do not need to do that anymore. You can easily bypass it by using the WordPress Reset plugin, which allows bulk installation of plugins and themes from the list using a great feature called “Collections.” You just need to build the collection once and install it with one click as many times as required. WP Reset stores collections in the cloud, so your collections will be accessible on every website you build. Also, you can safely store your license keys, so you have everything in one place.
With WP Reset, you can do it on the existing website you are currently working on or on a new website that you are just starting to make. In this way, you can create as many collections as you need and insert all the plugins and themes you will use over time. You can add your plugins and themes from the WordPress repository or from ZIP files too.
WP Reset is a tool that also offers the possibility such as: resetting the page, bulk deleting or installing plugins/themes, Nuclear Reset that can delete everything on the page in one click, so if redirecting your site isn’t an option, Nuclear Reset will be your best bet. The Emergency Recovery Script for recovering WordPress site in the most challenging situations when admin access is not possible, or when core files are compromised and so on.
If you want to be sure that you can always have a safe point to restore the site to, WP Reset can offer you a safety net with a feature called “Automatic Snapshots” that creates snapshots before all significant changes. The best thing is that WP Reset has a centralized management system that controls all your licenses, collections, snapshots from a single location. And it is not only for developers! You can be a complete beginner and take a test with new themes and plugins, knowing that you can always return the site to a previous state in a second!