Why you need to limit the plugin numbers for your WordPress websites

Today i discover something in my c Panel Hosting account with my hosting company. I got Message in my File Count Dashboard:

Your account contains more than 9740 directories and may pose a potential performance risk to the server. Please reduce the number of directories for your account to prevent possible account deactivation.

In order to view the top 50 directories that have the most files, please navigate to your File Manager and navigate to the tmp directory, and then open the userquota file.

I just got trough the instruction and download my user quote file. What i see is WordPress Plugins like Jet Pack in my case make sub folders and this folders are count by the hosting accounts on Shared Hosting:

I go trough one of my websites in Jetpack Folder to see what i use exactly from this plugin and i discover something interesting

In this case i haveĀ  4 domain names with 4 WordPress Websites usingĀ  Jetpack with 11 Modules Activated for example:

  • Custom CSS – i never use this tool on any of this websites
  • Extra Sidebar Widgets – also i thing this is a good tool but never use it on my websites
  • JSON API – it is good for development but in this case this module is not necessarily for this 4 websites.
  • Sharing – like i said i use now my custom code for sharing buttons
  • Shortcode Embeds – is good module if you use short-codes in your WordPress theme
  • Spelling and Grammar – i Use Add on for Mozilla Firefox
  • Subscriptions – for my subscriptions i use Google Feed Burner
  • WP.me Shortlinks – sometimes this short link give errors when
  • Widget Visibility – i never use this in any of my website
  • WordPress.com Stats – my preferred tool for Website statistic is Google Anlytics
  • Publicize – Plugins like this are good for heave website which have a lot of posts, articles and content which can be served automatically to the Social Networks, but in my case i didn’t need this.

I go true /tmp folder to my shared host and download the user quote file which show all my files folders and discover something interesting. I do Search Jet pack in this file and found 473 folders created by the plugin. each folder have different file count and the total space which i will save after deleting this plugin from my folders is about 473 folders and 3272 files in my shared hosting.

If you use for installing your WordPress websites cpanel and automatic installation from it , you should take i look what you will install because some of the Hosting Providers install in your Plugin Dashboard Jetpack by Default and if you do not want to use the Plugin just deactivate the plugin or delete this plugin.

You can see the Actual folders created by JetPack for this 4 website. I was change the original name of the websites with names “website1”, “website2” , “website3” and “website4” and the original host name with “myserverfolder” for security purposes.

<p class="alert">Search "Jetpack" (473 hits in 1 file)
Line 63: 104 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website2/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/languages
Line 64: 104 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website1/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/languages
Line 66: 99 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website4/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/languages
Line 70: 94 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website3/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/languages
Line 73: 85 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website4/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sharedaddy/images
Line 74: 85 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website3/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sharedaddy/images
Line 75: 85 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website2/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sharedaddy/images
Line 77: 85 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website1/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sharedaddy/images
Line 136: 53 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website4/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/_inc
Line 148: 47 : /home1/myserverfolder/public_html/website2/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules
<p class="alert">

I decide to stop using this plugin in 4 of my websites and to make more space in my shared hosting account using less WordPress Plugins for the website and to write functions and theme codes for or each client needs. If you use a good host with no limitation like VPS or Dedicated Server you can use any WordPress Plugins you want, but if you or your client have Shared Hosting it is a good idea to use Less WordPress Plugins to prevent future problems with the websites and the Hosting account.

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