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Optimized WordPress Disallowed Plugins


One of the most significant benefits of having an Optimized WordPress is the management level we invest in maintaining a list of plugins that will negatively affect your site. Developers with experience with WordPress are likely familiar with the havoc an untested plugin can cause.

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This article will provide you with a list of plugins that we actively restrict use on our Optimized WordPress platform. We will cover the most common reasons why a plugin will be added to this list.

Why plugins are disallowed

There are 4 main reasons why plugins may be disallowed. While a plugin may be disallowed for less common explanations, the primary 4 causes for blacklisting a plugin will be covered by this article. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact us via phone or chat for assistance.

The main reasons a plugin may be blacklisted are as follows:

Duplicate Functionality

You will find that our concerns ultimately coincide with keeping your site fully functional. Optimized WordPress is not a development platform; it is designed to provide a highly optimized hosting experience with outstanding uptime, reliability, security, and performance.

To this end, we include the following with every Optimized WordPress site:

  • Caching: For performance and speed.
  • CodeGuard: For backups and redundancy.
  • SiteLock: For enhanced security and reduced vulnerability.

For your website and the server's overall health, and to provide the most optimized hosting solution possible, plugins that duplicate services we already offer and include with your Optimized WordPress account may not be used.

Plugins that duplicate existing solutions can cause harm to your website. Multiple caching solutions can corrupt files required to view a site, over-compressing Javascript and CSS, or redundantly storing images preventing them from being updated.

 Performance Detractors

Often plugins include functionality that may increase the server load when the site is loaded. A high server load can prevent your site from being loaded quickly and even cause site and server downtime. This can be done in many ways:

  • Loading and reviewing large amounts of your code with every load.
  • Over frequent database access.
  • Poor database optimization results in database stability and speed issues.

These are just a few examples and are not by any means a comprehensive list. To ensure that your site is served quickly and reliably, we must restrict the inefficient plugins.

Security Vulnerabilities

We take the security of your website very seriously. It is important to note that malicious third parties can potentially access software on your website.

Both SiteLock and CodeGuard are included with Optimized WordPress, allowing you to scan your site for malware and restore when damage has been found. We also actively track many plugins with known vulnerabilities, prevent their installation, and provide you with the most secure possible hosting experience.

Note: A Known Vulnerability is when software has a documented method for circumventing your security, allowing anyone who wishes explicitly to target your site to do so with a simple internet search.

Plugins with known vulnerabilities are often targeted by campaigns to compromise every site they are installed on due to the likelihood of widespread success.

We do our best to actively maintain a list of plugins with known vulnerabilities and blacklist them accordingly to help you maintain a healthy and secure website.

SPAM Plugins

To ensure the best experience for you, we blacklist plugins known to send SPAM. Many plugins can send mail via a script, resulting in plugins that abuse this privilege.

Plugins that send spam to users can be detrimental to your domain, as it may become blacklisted or worse. It is important that send emails to adhere to current SPAM laws.

If you cannot use a plugin because it maintains its email lists, you may wish to consider Constant Contact. Constant Contact allows you to easily maintain an email marketing campaign that adheres to all SPAM laws effectively and affordably:

What plugins are disallowed

Here is a complete list of plugins that are disallowed on our Optimized WordPress platform:

Notes: This list is complete as of July 17, 2017. Plugins may be added to the disallowed list at any time and without warning or notification. If a plugin meets any of the criteria outlined in this article, it is likely to be disallowed.
  • adminer
  • automatic-wordpress-backup
  • broken-link-checker
  • cache-images
  • counterize
  • dbc-backup
  • dynamic-related-posts
  • ezpz-one-click-backup
  • file-commander
  • firestats
  • fuzzy-seo-booster
  • google-xml-sitemaps-with-multisite-support
  • gosquared-livestats
  • hc-custom-wp-admin-url
  • jr-referrer
  • newstatpress
  • no-revisions
  • portable-phpmyadmin
  • pressbackup
  • repress
  • seo-alrp
  • similar-posts
  • simple-backup
  • simple-stats
  • simple-wordpress-backup
  • snapshot-backup
  • statpress
  • statpress-reloaded
  • statpress-visitors
  • stats
  • superslider
  • toolspack
  • total-archive-by-fotan
  • total-backup
  • track-that-stat
  • tweet-blender
  • visitor-stats-widget
  • vm-backups
  • vsf-simple-stats
  • wassup
  • wordpress-backup
  • wordpress-gzip-compression
  • wp-cache
  • wp-complete-backup
  • wp-database-optimizer
  • wpdbspringclean
  • wpengine-migrate
  • wp-engine-snapshot
  • wpengine-snapshot
  • wp-s3-backups
  • wp-time-machine
  • yet-another-featured-posts-plugin