I was recently looking for a plugin to display related posts with thumbnails at the end of each post. There are several plugins to do this and I wanted to choose the best one. An average WordPress user reads the description and quickly installs a plugin to see if it works for them or not. Many WordPress users are often spending a lot of time trying new plugins, uninstalling old ones, upgrading or troubleshooting plugins. This is not an ideal situation; the purpose of these plugins is to make things easier so that website owners can concentrate on publishing great content.
So, how do you spend less time troubleshooting plugins? The most wonderful thing about an open source development environment is that it puts responsibility not only on developers but also on users by providing them choices to make smart decisions. In this post we will discuss these choices to find out how we can choose better plugins.
1.1. Read Description of the plugin
Most plugin authors try their best to describe what the plugin does on the very first page. Sometimes if you are looking at a plugin that does something similar to many other plugins, the plugin author would let you know how their plugin is different or better than other plugins. For example, I was looking for “Related Posts” plugin that displayed relevant posts with thumbnails so I sorted out the plugins that matched the thumbnail part.