Determine At-A-Glance Which Of Your WordPress Plugins Are Out Of Date And Need Removed

October 27, 2012 · 6 comments

in WordPress

wordpress logoOld Plugins Are Dangerous –  
Here’s How To Keep An Eye On Them 

Plugins… love em!  Except when it comes to needing to do a check of each and every one (a couple times a year) to ensure they are still well supported! 

Plugins that have gone unsupported and are no longer updated are dangerous, as we’ve discussed before, and (generally) need to be removed to protect your site’s security.   And… while we may be doing a great job keeping things updated, the fact that they are not getting updates tends to mean we forget about them!

Normally, that would mean needing to open the WordPress repository and search for and check each and everyone… yuck. 

The reason it doesn’t get done by most people is that it’s both boring and tedious. 

What if we could find a way to have our dashboard tell us about the current status of our plugins?

Fortunately, there’s a plugin for that!  (Imagine that, right?! LOL!)

The WordPress plugin “Better Plugin Compatibility Control” is a super easy to use plugin that provides at-a-glance information on whether a plugin is still “current” or not. 

Install it, activate it, and then go to your list of installed plugins and you will see little red/green numbers added behind the description of each plugin you have installed. 

WordPress Plugin - Better Compatibility Control - Screenshot of the Plugin Dashboard

This plugin works “hand in hand” with the “No Longer In Directory” plugin which lets you know when a plugin has been removed completely and is very likely a security risk or stability hazard on your current version of WordPress. 

It’s important to pay attention to all plugins regardless of whether they are deactivated or not. 

Pay particular attention to any plugin that does not support your current version of WordPress and is more than a revision or two out of date.

Any plugin that has no data will have to be checked by hand -> that almost always includes all of your premium plugins.

Any text in red is a warning sign… but any plugin that has both the left and right number in red is probably a plugin that is asking for trouble.

The only old plugin that I currently make an exception for, after having it’s code rechecked by someone that knows code, is ReplyMe and that might not always be true in the figure.  

By replacing old, outdated, plugins with newer plugins, you improve your site’s health and security.  

And now, “Better WordPress Compatibility Control” makes it easy to check!

I suggest installing this plugin, checking things, and uninstalling it. Repeat again when it’s time to upgrade WordPress to the next .x (dot x) revision.  It won’t hurt anything to keep it running but most of us are running more than the recommended number of plugins anyways. 

A 5 star plugin. Just about everyone can use this… it improves your site health and gives you valuable information. 

When was the last time you checked the status of all of your installed plugins?

~ Kim ~
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6 comments
chanikacha
chanikacha

This very helpful tips! I haven't yet check my website and this tips will help me determine some of my post that are outdated.

Qasim
Qasim

Hi Kim,

it's always important to check your plugins and make sure it's doing what it's designed to do and not harming your website, thanks for highlighting a plugin that can help you do so simply and also saving your time.

Mitch Mitchell
Mitch Mitchell

Well, I'm freaked. Every plugin I have except one is red on the right side, including two that I just updated a week ago. That's kind of odd isn't it?

Brian Hawkins
Brian Hawkins

I installed and activated it but now I need someone that isn't color blind to look at it. lol The numbers look the same to me. I'll have my wife take a look when she gets home.

I'm sure there are going to be a few out of date plugins that I want to keep. I use the WP Attention Boxes plugin all of the time but I also know it's not been updated in a very long time. I'd hate to lose it because I don't see any alternatives at the moment.

Gary Young
Gary Young

This is a very good read about WordPress Plugins. I've had similar concerns about out of date plugins and this is a very good article.

Thank you for sharing.

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Ya know Brian, I was actually wondering if that would be an issue for someone. I didn't bring it up but the red-green was already on my radar as something that might be a problem. If you get a moment, you should go to the WordPress repository, look up the plugin, open a support ticket, and explain the situation. Maybe propose some alternatives. Sometimes developers honestly forget that even "stop" and "go" colors aren't so easy for everyone!

Kim