tagDiv themes have been developed with performance in mind, with every feature having a well-established purpose. Newspaper or Newsmag themes give you the possibility of building everything you were always trying to achieve with your website. The Newspaper and Newsmag WordPress themes come with required plugins and optional ones included, such as tagDiv Composer, tagDiv Cloud Library, tagDiv Social Counter, tagDiv AMP, Revolution Slider, and more. Besides the plugins that come bundled with the news themes (for which you do not have to pay extra money), there are some standalone plugins that are compatible with the tagDiv themes. In the WordPress > Dashboard, you can see the list of the plugins compatible with the Newspaper Theme, respectively, with the Newsmag theme.
Both themes are fully customizable and come with flexible, intuitive features. Sometimes this is not enough, and customers want to extend the themes’ functionality by installing different plugins regardless if they are tested or not with Newspaper or Newsmag. In this article, we’ll take a look into what exactly is the plugin compatibility, the ups and downs, as well as the recommended and tested plugins that work seamlessly with the Newspaper theme and Newsmag theme.
What Plugin Compatibility Really Means?
Standalone plugins, similar to the themes, are developed and improved by their authors. Based on their activity and customer feedback, some of them are more often updated. Also, on the market, you could find free and premium plugins to install on your WordPress website. The free plugins that also have a premium version are more likely to be a reliable software addition to your website. “Ensuring plugin compatibility is essential to protect your site and help your plugins work together to bring the best user experience on your site. Compatibility is also important for any plugins you purchase and upload the file to your admin dashboard,” notes Bluehost in their how to check the plugins’ compatibility with your website.
Recommended and Tested Plugins
Before we release any update of our Newspaper theme or Newsmag theme on Envato ThemeForest market, our development and support teams are testing the themes with the latest versions of the recommended plugins. Newspaper and Newsmag are optimized to integrate out-of-the-box with the following 13 plugins:
WP Super Cache is a free cache plugin that generates static HTML pieces from dynamic WordPress websites to reduce server resources. This plugin helps you cache posts, categories, and tags, and deliver visitors the cached version increasing the page loading speed for the end user.
bbPress is a free GPL plugin created by the WordPress community to easily build forum discussions. It’s a flexible and lightweight plugin that also allows you to create multisite forums.
The Font Awesome 4 menus plugin is meant to show icons to your menu items before or after your link text by using a ‘fa-(icon name)’ class or classes. It will wrap your link text in a <span> so you can show or hide it, without any markup added or CSS knowledge. You can also use it in your content.
With this plugin, you can create and customize as many contact forms as you want, including text, number, data fields, checkboxes, reCAPTCHA, and more to help your users easily communicate with you. It is a free plugin you can support by purchasing an add-on plugin.
With this free and open-source community platform, you can install on your WordPress site to build an online community (for your organization, university, school), with user profiles, groups, activity streams, and notifications.
Jetpack is a freemium plugin that ensures your website’s security. Some of the most important tools that come with this plugin are spam filtering, attack protection, daily/real-time website backups, malware scanning, and others to keep your site safe.
WooCommerce is an open-source eCommerce plugin that extends your WordPress functionality and transforms it into an eStore. It has dedicated features for the products, cart, checkout pages, secure payments through different channels, and so on. WooCommerce is a free plugin, but if you want more functionality, you can choose from a list of 400+ extensions to extend it.
Orbit Fox is a multi-functional plugin helps you extend your WordPress website functionality through social sharing, menu icons, uptime monitor, and other modules.
This is a freemium plugin that helps you improve your content’s visibility on search engines by using proper titles, meta descriptions, Schema.org implementation, XML Sitemaps functionality, and more.
According to the European Privacy Regulations – GDPR, this plugin helps you comply with the current regulations. It allows you to use multiple tools to let visitors allow/deny the way you’re handling their personal data on your site.
The WP User Avatar plugin gives you the possibility to use custom images from your Media Library as avatars, and also those uploaded through Gravatar.
This is a premium plugin for content management, email marketing, live chat, forms, pop-ups, and more tools to help you build great customer relationship management.
WPML is a premium plugin helps you create multilingual websites by translating taxonomies, menus, pages, posts, custom types, or template’s texts in multiple languages.
Why You Should Use the Tested Plugins
Every website owner wants his website to perform at its very best. But what happens when something goes wrong? When you’ve worked a lot to write great content, mix and match elements on the frontend to get the wanted results, and after you save the page, something isn’t right. You’ll say that the elements are rearranged and that the tagDiv Composer keeps loading, so you’ll assume that the theme is doing it, while this is all about a plugin conflict that was not tested with our theme. Do you think it’s a singular situation? Not really. This can happen every time you install a new untested plugin.
According to recent Kinsta WordPress statistics, there are over 55,000 plugins in the WordPress directory. Besides, there are the ones that are outside the WordPress repository and are available in free or premium versions.
What Can Untested Plugins Do on Your Website?
Plugins that are not tested with our WordPress themes can ruin your website and all the work you’ve invested in it. We’ve made a list of the most common sceneries you wouldn’t want to happen to you and your site. Untested plugins can:
- cause conflicts with the tagDiv Composer page builder and the tagDiv Cloud Library
- crash your website and give multiple errors
- grant site access for hackers, if plugins are not constantly updated
- the support team behind a WordPress plugin cannot provide support if a theme has not been fully tested with the plugin. In this case, both us or the plugin’s support team cannot assist you with technical issues.
- change how a feature works, but in a distinct way than other plugins.
- might be developed to work with a different WordPress version.
- be poorly-designed or badly coded.
- overlap with plugins already installed on your site.
In case you have untested plugins installed on your Newspaper or Newsmag websites and encounter an issue that is not related to our WordPress themes, we recommend you to use another environment to deactivate all your plugins and install the required plugins. Reactivate other plugins one by one and test your website on the frontend to see when the unusual situation appears.
What If I Really Need an Untested Plugin? What Should I Do?
There are cases when you might need to use an untested plugin with tagDiv themes. You could send us an email, and we’ll add it to the list of plugins and test it with the Newspaper or Newsmag themes. This action will take a while, because we receive multiple requests, and choose the ones that are most popular. Meanwhile, you could create a staging WordPress website or a testing copy of the live website, and install the plugin to test it out. If the tested plugin works as expected with our themes, you can move it to the live website.
We know that WordPress plugins give you extra functionality and that you may tend to use multiple ones, even if you do not necessarily need them. The multitude and variety of plugins can also ruin your site’s overall performance, security, reliability, and speed. Some good practices advise you never to exceed 20 plugins installed on your website and use a maximum of five if your website is on cloud or shared hosting. However, there are reputable websites using many more plugins that are all compatible with their database, resources, and HTTPS requests; and still maintain the website’s performance at high standards. This depends on how good you are with technical stuff.