WordPress Plugin Clean Up Round 1

Thanks to my long-time blogging buddy Jaypee, I was finally able to do some plugin house cleaning. Plugins that have not been updated for more than a year were deleted from this blog.

Why so? By today’s standards, if your software has not yet been updated in more than 6 months and not a single word about it or how are things doing, then it’s safe to assume that development has stopped and users of your software should find a replacement for it or risk exposing themselves, my blog in this case, to attacks rooted from vulnerabilities of using outdated software.

The plugins that were deleted from this blog are the following:

  • Exploit Scanner – search the files and database of your WordPress install for signs that may indicate that it has fallen victim to malicious hackers.
  • Login Lockdown – limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period. Removed this app because it hasn’t been updated in more than 2 years.
  • WP Firewall – investigates web requests with simple WordPress-specific heuristics to identify and stop most obvious attacks. App not updated in more than 2 years.
  • ServerBuddy – provides various tools & tests to analyze server configuration & troubleshoot issues.

While these plugins are still working fine with my blog, I don’t want to wait for the time it causes problems because of compatibility issues with newer versions of WordPress vulnerabilities resulting from an old code.

They have been replaced, as by example of Jaypee, by WordFence Security plugin which combines the features of those security plugins I removed plus more to provide a more robust protection for your WordPress-powered site.

I’d be going over the whole list of plugins to weed out more that can be replaced by newer or better counterparts.

If you have recommendations or tips, do share in the comments below.

11 Replies to “WordPress Plugin Clean Up Round 1”

  1. Cool! Glad I was able to share about the WordFence plugin and that you found it useful here on your blog. It not only does a good job of keeping a blog secure but also replaces several plugins that perform 1 or 2 tasks.

    During my theme reboot, I was able to trim down my plugins from about 30 to 13. Installing WordFence help get rid of about 4-5 plugins.

    The only issue I have with WordFence is that it uses a bit of resources. It adds several databases to keep track of some features and uses some of your web server resources when it performs scans. What I did was disable automatic scanning and disable live traffic viewing.

    Btw, I might get rid of the plugin soon because I’ll be switching hosting providers. I’ll let you know or you can read about it on my blog once it’s finalized. πŸ™‚

      1. Never knew you were on WP.com. Always thought you were using a self-hosted WP blog.

        I’m planning on switching to either Synthesis or WP Engine. Dunno if you’re familiar with them but they are both hosting providers that are specially designed to cater to WP blogs. I might move by this week. Just have to finalize some stuff. πŸ™‚

        Btw, I have nothing against Servint. They’ve been really good all the time I’ve been with them. It’s just that their system and their support is not designed to cater to WP blogs.

        1. Yeah, I had the same assessment about Servint. I’ve heard of those hosts before and I’m going to have a second look at them sometime this month. This blog is not hosted at WP.com, yet. I’m torn between moving my blog there or finding another host.

          1. Oh ok. My bad. I assumed it was hosted on WP.com because of the comments subscription manager. Who’s your hosting provider now and how much are you paying?

          2. The comments subscription manager is from the Jetpack plugin. I’m currently hosted at Hostgator, the 49/mo VPS plan. It’s been a love-and-hate relationship so far.

    1. I really can’t remember, maybe for 5 years now? I’ve even considered signing up for a premium WP.com account and move my blog there but that means giving up the opportunity of monetizing my blog using ads. Will write about it soon.

  2. Oh I see, now I know. Haven’t tried the Jetpack plugin myself. I’ll let you know once I move to WP Engine and if they’re good, maybe you should switch your blog there too. πŸ™‚

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