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Blacklisted plugins for WordPress

Plugins to avoid while using WordPress as your CMS


Here is the list of Blacklisted plugins for WordPress and are considered not safe for installation over your web or blog.

The blacklisted plugins are divided as per the categories includes: Backups, Caching, Unnecessary / nonfunctional, Stats, Duplicate functionality, Related posts, Security issues and Performance.


It is always recommended to use the backup functionality of your web servers, here are the plugins which you should avoid using over WordPress:

  • 6scan-backup
  • ezpz-one-click-backup
  • the-codetree-backup
  • wponlinebackup


Avoid using the following cache plugins:

  • w3-total-cache
  • wp-cache
  • wp-cachecom
  • wp-fast-cache
  • wp-fastest-cache
  • wp-file-cache
  • wp-super-cache

However, if your site is slow, try using the P3 Profiler plugin to check if your plugins are slowing down your site.

Unnecessary / nonfunctional

These plugins don’t add any value and may not work correctly on our system so it is better to remove them or not use them:

  • sgcachepress
  • synthesis
  • wordpress-beta-tester
  • wp-engine-snapshot
  • wpengine-common


It is recommended not to use the following stats plugins as they tend to have performance related issues and they negatively impact your websites’ performance because they send many requests to your database and can prevent site caching.

  • jr-referrer
  • referrer-wp
  • statpress
  • wp-postviews
  • wp-power-stats
  • wp-slimstat

Related posts

These plugins increase database load by using inefficient queries, poor caching, or poor scaling on large sites.

  • contextual-related-posts
  • fuzzy-seo-booster
  • seo-alrp
  • similar-posts
  • wordpress-popular-posts
  • yet-another-featured-posts-plugin
  • yet-another-related-posts-plugin


These plugins don’t perform well, in general, especially on large sites.

  • adsense-click-fraud-monitoring
  • broken-link-checker
  • google-sitemap-generator
  • google-xml-sitemaps-with-multisite-support

If you are using one of such plugins, try to look for alternatives.




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