Don't install too many extensions!

Joomla super users can feel comfortable installing third party extensions to include new capabilities in a project. In most cases those addons are zero price and a fast way to do the job. The process can be fun, but hey! don’t run too fast adding one extension after another just because.

Joomla super users can feel comfortable installing third party extensions to include new capabilities in a project. In most cases those addons are zero price and a fast way to do the job. The process can be fun, but hey! don’t run too fast adding one extension after another just because.

In this post I will share some thoughts about having a high number of extensions and how this can mess up your site.
How many extensions can I install?

I’m not aware of a limit on the amount of plugins, components, modules and templates a Joomla installation can support; you can add tons of them. However I recommended install only what you need, if possible less than that.

In a first look, there is no problem having more than 100 components; the site will work fine as long as those extensions are compatible with your CMS and server environment. The issues will come up later when you realize some of them are not properly updated or badly coded.

In this scenario the security of a Joomla site can be compromised, even a single poorly written extension means a new chance to be hacked.

Install only what you need

Every project has a key extension, I’m talking about that piece of software that is so relevant that is the reason why your site is useful for your visitors.

As example, to build an ecommerce site is important to be selective and integrate the most reliable extension of its category, depending on the budget (if there is one) decide for a solution that match the requirements with the best quality.

No matter if you decide for a free or paid solution, you will find well coded extensions for both types. And finally, don’t use three separate addons from different providers if you can do the same job with only one.

Clean your extension manager

Once in a while go to Extensions > Extension manager > Manage, check the third party extensions listed in there; remove the ones you don’t use anymore.

If you are unsure about uninstalling one of them, do a full backup before doing anything, then you are ready to go.

Later, if you detect the removed extension was actually relevant for the performance of the site, you will have the chance to use the last backup and restore your site back. Is a nice "Ctrl + Z" feature for Joomla.

Use the best extensions

For every single Joomla extension you install, take in mind if that piece of software has an active developer behind to provide support. If you have a problem in the future you won’t be alone.

Conclusion

Choose the best and fair number of extensions based on your requirements, following that path the chances to have a healthy site will be more than positive.

 

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