Discouraged WordPress plugins

On this page, we listed the plugins we advise against using on your WordPress site.

Akeeba Backup for WordPress
Broken Link Checker
Disable All WordPress Updates
Duplicator
HashTraffic for WordPress
Jetpack by WordPress.com
Toolspack
W3 Total Cache
WP Clone by WP Academy

Akeeba Backup for WordPress

Large pages can cause the plugin to timeout, which means your backup will fail without you noticing. We strongly recommend using our Backup & Restore function, or making a manual backup of your web space and database.

Getting started with Backup and Restore
Backup your web space with File Manager
How do I make a backup of my database?
Tip: We discourage the use of backup plugins in general. A backup often fails, because it runs into the 128mb max file size limit. If you still want to use a backup plugin, we recommend BackWPup.

Broken Link Checker

The plugin can cause a high load on our servers, or create a high amount of MySQL queries.

Instead we recommend using our SEO tool called MarketGoo, or an online tool like Broken Link Check.

Get started with MarketGoo

Disable All WordPress Updates

This plugin disables all updates to your WordPress site, including the core installation, themes and plugins.

Outdated WordPress installations are the main cause of hacked sites, so that is why we don't recommend it. If your site gets hacked, we will have to take it offline until the problem is fixed. So make sure your site is up-to-date.

Improve security of your WordPress site

Duplicator

Duplicator can be used to backup or migrate your site. The problem is that it makes backups of the entire database, and not just the WordPress tables. This causes problems when you are importing it again.

It can also cause timeouts and a slow data connection, especially with larger sites. If you want to migrate your site, we recommend you to do this manually.

Move your WordPress site to another domain

HashTraffic for WordPress

This plugin hasn't been updated in over 5 years, which makes it a potential security risk. It is also likely to have compatibility issues with your WordPress version.

Tip: Always check when a plugin was last updated, before installing it. If it was a long time ago, this can be an indication that the plugin is no longer maintained and is vulnerable to hackers.

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack causes major load on our servers and makes your WordPress site very slow. This causes the plugin to say that the site is down, even though it's not.

The problem with Jetpack is that it is very bloated. It has more than 40 modules, most of which you won't use. We recommend finding alternative plugins specifically for the functionality that you need.


Toolspack

This plugin has backdoors that are potentially dangerous for your website because hackers can exploit them.


W3 Total Cache

This plugin actually has the opposite effect of what it is intended for, instead of making your site faster it can make it slower. It can cause unexpected behavior, that is hard to debug.

If you want to use a cache plugin on your website, we recommend WP Super Cache instead.

Tip: We already have cache activated on your web space, so technically a plugin for this is unnecessary. If your WordPress site is slow, please contact our chat support so we can help you find out what is causing it.

WP Clone by WP Academy

It causes a high server load that causes timeouts making it unreliable. If you want to make a backup or migrate your site we recommend you to check out the guides below.

Getting started with Backup and Restore
Backup your web space with File Manager
How do I make a backup of my database?
Move your WordPress site to another domain

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