What are the WordPress Plugins that are 'Not Recommended'?

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All WordPress website owners and users must ensure that they keep themselves current with any WordPress Plugin vulnerabilities PRIOR to Installing, Updating or Activating a WordPress Plugin on their WordPress website.

Domains.co.za will not be held liable for any WordPress plugins that may cause any vulnerability issues of whatsoever nature on a WordPress site.

Domains.co.za does not guarantee the functionality or speed of your WordPress site due to installed plugins.

Current WordPress Plugins that have been shown to have a vulnerability of whatsoever nature are listed below in alphabetical order, plugins that are no longer available are listed separately.

Use Find (Ctrl+F) with the plugin’s name to quickly find a specific plugin.

PLUGIN

DESCRIPTION

COMMENT

6Scan Security

Abandoned or unsupported plugin. Duplication of an existing WordPress function.

Last Updated: 5 years ago

Broken Link Checker

Known performance issues.

# Recommend an off-site product

Contextual Related Posts

Database load is increased.

# Recommend an off-site product

CopySafe PDF Protection

Vulnerability issues up to & including Version 0.6 (more info).

Update to Version 0.7 or latest

CopySafe Web Protection

Vulnerability issues up to & including Version 2.5 (more info).

Update to Version 2.6 or latest

Google XML Sitemaps

Performance issues up to Version 4.0 ONLY.

Last Updated: 2 years ago

InfiniteWP Client

Versions up to 1.6.3.1 and including have known vulnerability issues (more info).

 

MailPoet

Versions up to 2.6.6 and including have known vulnerability issues (more info).

 

Referrer WP

Website performance is reduced – not tested on latest 3 major WordPress releases!!

Last Updated: 7 years ago - refer - # Recommend an off-site product

SEO Auto Links & Related Posts

Website performance is reduced – not tested on latest 3 major WordPress releases!!

Last Updated: 7 years ago - refer - # Recommend an off-site product

SG Optimizer

Versions up to 5.0.12 @ 2019-03-14 and incl. have known vulnerability issues (more info).

* Adds no value & may not work

Similar Posts

Website performance is reduced due to numerous database requests and affects site caching.

# Recommend an off-site product

Slimstat Analytics

Website performance is reduced – not tested on latest 3 major WordPress releases!!

Refer notes below tables.

Synthesis

May not work correctly and adds NO VALUE.

 

Updraft

Duplication of existing facility. Last Updated: 8 years ago - refer.

New plugin UpdraftPlus

W3 Total Cache

This plugin is unnecessary as it is a duplication of one of our system functions.

 

WordPress Beta Tester

Domains.co.za has made this plugin non-functional due to our security protocols.

Against Domains.co.za Security Protocols

WordPress Gzip Compression

This plugin is unnecessary as it is a duplication of one of our system functions.

Last Updated: 5 years ago - refer

WordPress Popular Posts

Can increase database load and create poor caching and scaling (Version 3.1.1 & below).

# Recommend an off-site product

WP-Cache.com

This plugin is unnecessary as it is a duplication of one of our system functions.

Last Updated: 5 years ago - refer

WP-PostViews

Website performance is reduced – number of requests to database too high!!

# Recommend an off-site product. Refer notes below tables.

WP Database Backup

Vulnerability issues up to & including Version 5.1 (more info).

Update to Version 5.2 or latest

WP Fast Cache

This plugin is unnecessary as it is a duplication of one of our system functions.

Last Updated: 4 years ago - refer

WP Fastest Cache

This plugin is unnecessary as it is a duplication of one of our system functions.

* Adds no value

WP File Cache

This plugin is unnecessary as it is a duplication of one of our system functions.

Last Updated: 9 years ago - refer

WP Live Chat Support

Vulnerability issues up to & including Version 8.0.33 (more info).

Update to Version 8.0.34 or latest

WP Power Stats

Website performance is reduced – not tested on latest 3 major WordPress releases!!

Last Updated 1 year ago. # Recommend an off-site product

WP Super Cache

This plugin is unnecessary as it is a duplication of one of our system functions.

* Adds no value

wpengine-common

This plugin is no longer available.

 

wponlinebackup

Abandoned or unsupported plugin – Last support 6 years ago.

No longer available - refer

Yet Another Featured Posts Plugin (YAFPP)

Can increase database load and create poor caching and scaling Recommend an off-site product.

Last Updated: 9 years ago - refer

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

Website performance is reduced due to numerous database requests and affects site caching.

# Recommend an off-site product

 

OBSOLETE PLUGIN

DESCRIPTION

COMMENT

6Scan Backup

Abandoned or unsupported plugin.

No longer available - refer

Adminer

Duplicates a WordPress functionality.

No longer available - refer

Clef

Abandoned 2017 and unsupported.

No longer available

EZPZ One Click Backup

Abandoned or unsupported plugin.

No longer available - refer

Fuzzy SEO Booster

Poor caching and queries that increased database load - closed on July 5, 2019.

No longer available - refer

Google AdSense Click-Fraud Monitoring Plugin

Known performance issues.

No longer available - refer

Google XML Sitemaps with Multisite support

Performance issues – rather use: Yoast SEO or Google Sitemap.

No longer available - refer

JR Referrer

Website performance is reduced and may reduce site caching – use an off-site product.

No longer available - refer

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)

Plugin may not work correctly and adds NO VALUE.

Last Updated: 4 years ago - refer

Pipdig Power Pack

All versions below and including 4.7.3 @ 2019-05-25 security issue - closed.

No longer available

Portable phpMyAdmin

Vulnerability issues (more info).

No longer available - refer

Slick Popup: Contact Form 7 Popup Plugin

Vulnerability issues (more info) – closed 2019-05-28.

No longer available - refer

StatPress

Versions up to & including 1.2.9.1 have vulnerability issues (more info) - closed.

No longer available – refer
* New plugin is NewStatPress

the-codetree-backup

Removed due to Guideline violation – closed 2018-12-16.

No longer available - refer

ToolsPack

Malware (more info).

No longer available

wp-cache

Removed due to Guideline violation.

No longer available

WP-phpMyAdmin

Abandoned or unsupported plugin – Last support 12 years ago.

No longer available - refer

wpengine-common

This plugin is No longer available.

 

wponlinebackup

Abandoned or unsupported plugin – Last support 6 years ago.

No longer available - refer

WPEngine Snapshot

Abandoned or unsupported plugin – Last support 9 years ago.

No longer available - refer

 

# PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION RE STATISTICS & RELATED POSTS PLUGINS

Statistical Plugins: A statistical plugin may negatively impact your site’s speed and resources due to the numerous requests that are continuously being sent to your MYSQL database. This may also prevent your website caching.

Please use an off-site service.

Related Posts Plugins: Related Posts plugins may also negatively impact your site as they can increase your database load. This is due to a number queries of various types including, but not limited to, poor caching, inefficient queries and poor scaling on large sites.

Please use an off-site service.

 

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