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How many active plugins is too much?

422422 Developer MVP
edited July 2012 in Vanilla 2.0 - 2.8

Had a nice email off a vanilla user earlier, but one thing got me concerned.

"i have about 30 plugins active"

Personally, i run approx 2 at most 4 plugins per forum i use, so what are your thoughts ?

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    Probably the simple answer is when you see a performance hit, don't you think?

    Also, probably depends on the plugin - whether it reads or writes to a database or simply manipulates some php code or does intensive jqueries. I know you wanted probably want a vanilla team answer, but thats my thoughts.

    One badly written plugin or database intensive plugin could probably have more impact than 30 well-written non-database intensive plugins.

    Same with themes too.

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

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    422422 Developer MVP

    Just intereted to see how many plugins people use, but yep performance issues are a given

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    SheilaSheila ✭✭

    ^ 17 and these all are somewhat cherry picked after testing and time. Some make usability better, several others extend forum features ('Quotes', 'Last edited', 'Split / Merge FE'). So not even sure, if I could give up many.
    Haven't much noticed any performance issues. With the plugins I'm using, only 'I like This' and 'Who's Online' use database.

    This is a great topic! I am really interested of hearing, since do not understand much the coding part, how much does it matter, if something is done within the core versus with addon.

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    fh111fh111 Vanilla Padawan ✭✭

    in our community we have 32 active plugins and everything is running smooth. they add a lot to the functionality and usability of the forum and make me as forum manager as well as the users happy

    i don't see why many plugins should be of concern.

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    TimTim Operations Vanilla Staff

    There is obviously the potential for performance issues, but at the end of the day, just like @peregrine said, you shouldn't think of it as "number of plugins", but more along the lines of "what kind of plugins". DB access is a huge one, as is filesystem scanning/trawling. Plugins that just hook and output are of minimal concern.

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    phreakphreak Vanilla*APP (White Label) & Vanilla*Skins Shop MVP

    Agree, i'm also running several plugins and till now it's no problem. Get a grip of how fast your forum renders by playing around with Firebug, Chromes Javascript-Konsole and Google Page Speed. Some decent benchmark tools for checking your server config/hoster and database speed also gives you insights on your board but needs a little more experience.

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