Before you install a plugin on your WordPress blog, there are a few things to check to ensure that you’re choosing the right one.
You can find this information within the WordPress Directory alongside the plugin you want to install. For example, here are the details for the WPForms Drag & Drop Form Builder plugin:
#1 – When was it last updated?
If it’s been more than a few months since the plugin’s last update, it might not be safe to install. Plugins need updating to remain secure and compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
In our example, you can see WPForms was recently updated 1 week ago.
#2 – What version is it compatible with?
Check which version of WordPress the plugin needs to function correctly and whether it matches the version of WordPress you have installed?
In our example, you can see Akismet needs WordPress version 4.0 or higher.
#3 – Does it have good ratings and reviews?
Make sure you read the reviews and ratings to see what people are saying. Sometimes you’ll find information that you may not have considered.
In our example, you can see that WPForms has passed the 5,000 5-star review ratings.
You’ll find most plugins are safe to use, especially the premium versions. But these few pre-checks ensure you don’t install something on your blog that you don’t want.
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