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WordPress Plugin Blacklist

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WordPress is a very open and active ecosystem. Unfortunately, with many thousands of plugins available, some conflict with our system or negatively impact your website. In an effort to help your site run as well as possible, we’ve compiled a list of plugins that we do not allow on our network. We do our best to keep this list as small as possible.

If your site is found to be running one of these plugins, we will send a notice that it will be removed in 24 hours, and then it will be removed after that time period has expired.


PerformancePlugins in this category have been deemed to negatively impact the performance of a site, generally because they are written in an inefficient manner.
BrokenPlugins which are broken, unmaintained, or not compatible with current WP versions are blacklisted here.
Related PostsWhile technically a sub-category of “Performance”, related posts plugins have a long history of poor performance. They generate very inefficient database queries causing sites to slow to a crawl especially under heavy traffic or with a lot of posts. Plugins which perform their matching logic remotely are acceptable.
SecurityNo one wants to have security vulnerabilities! Unfortunately some plugins go unmaintained or have developers who do not patch security issues in a timely manner.
UnmaintainedPlugins which have unfortunately been abandoned by their developers.
CachingMost caching plugins conflict with the existing layers of caching we implement. In addition, more often than not file-based caching does more harm than good especially when they don’t clean up their cache files properly. We highly recommend taking advantage of Litespeed Cache WordPress plugin which we install by default and maintain the server-side component for customers.


Plugin NameCategoryMore Info
contextual-related-postsRelated Posts
fuzzy-seo-boosterRelated Posts
searchterms-tagging-2UnmaintainedResource intensive keyword spammer
similar-postsRelated Posts
updraftUnmaintainedThere are other available versions of the plugin which are maintained.
wordpress-beta-testerOtherWe only support the latest, stable version of WordPress.
wp-fastest-cacheRelated Posts
wp-file-cacheRelated Posts


Now that we’ve gone over the list of WordPress’s Plugin Blacklist. This list includes plugin names that might affect your hosted website due to non-complete compatibility with our web servers.

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