Got plugins causing conflict? In one of my Facebook groups, a fellow blogger’s website had decided to act a little wonky. Suddenly pictures stopped appearing on her blog. She had no idea why and it was a hit or miss issue. As I went to comment, I saw someone had already suggested what I planned to, a plugin conflict. In today’s WordPress resources for bloggers, I’m going to show you how to troubleshoot and what to do if your plugins decide they don’t want to play nice.
Raise your hand if you love plugins. Y’all have no idea how high my hand is raised right now. There is a plugin for ev-ry-thing, which is good and bad. It’s good because plugins are what make WordPress such a versatile blogging platform. It’s bad because they can become bright, shiny objects and because there are so many of them that do such cool things, when you look up you can have 30, 40, or 50 plugins installed on your blog. No, I’m not making that up. I had a client whose blog I worked on and she had 35 plugins installed! You know I had to clean that up, right?
What are WordPress plugins?
If this is your first introduction to plugins, I’ll explain. Plugins extend what your WordPress blog can do. Out of the box, WordPress doesn’t do much when it comes to functionality and that’s where plugins come into action. They add the “cool stuff” (functionality) to your blog. When you’re on a WordPress blog and you see a slider, that’s a plugin. When you see eCommerce, rotating text, hear someone talk about Google Analytics on their blog, those are all because of a plugin.
As I am writing this post today, there are 50K+ plugins available in the WordPress repository; that 50K+ does not include the plugins sold on other sites. While all plugins are compatible with WordPress in general, it doesn’t mean they’re compatible with each other, your WordPress theme, or the version of WordPress you’re using. And, sometimes everyone can play nice in the sandbox together and suddenly, they aren’t.
As wonderful as they are, plugins causing conflict on your blog can be a royal pain, but all is not lost!
What do you do if you’ve got plugins causing conflict?
When someone tells me their WordPress website is suddenly not working, I always ask if they latest versions of WordPress, theme, and plugins are being used.
- If the answer is no, I suggest updating what isn’t updated first (of course, make sure you’ve backed up your site first!).
- If the answer is yes, then I suggest going to the websites WordPress, your theme, and plugins, to make sure there are no known bugs for any of them.
Switch your theme. Are you still having the issue?
- If the answer is no, then the issue is your theme most likely and not your plugins.
- If the answer is yes, time to check your plugins!
Check your plugins
To see which plugin(s) are wreaking havoc, here are a couple things you can do.
- Contact your hosting company. Ask them to see if they are able to determine which plugin is causing issues. When I first started with WordPress and had not a clue what I was doing, my hosting company was a BIG help in teaching me.
- Deactivate all of your plugins (Yes, you read that right. Deactivate all of them.). Check to see if you are still having the issue. If you are, then you know it’s a plugin. You’ll need to activate your plugins, one at a time. Each time you activate a plugin, check the for the issue you were having before you activate the next one. Keep up with this process until you find the culprit. I know it seems tedious, but you’ve got to find out which one it is so your website can get back to normal.
Please note: Every time something goes wonky with your site, it doesn’t mean it’s your plugins, but it’s a good place to start and they oftentimes are the culprit!
Have you ever had your website suddenly go wonky?
See ya later!