Why is WordPress such a popular content management system? One word: plugins.
Built by a large and passionate community of developers, these (mostly) free or low-cost plugins add functionality to WordPress that would otherwise take hundreds of hours to build. And although many plugins are a time- and cost-effective way to create a robust site, using poorly programmed plugins can actually harm your website. To avoid slow load speeds, broken functionality or, worse, a dangerous security risk, follow these five tips: