Do You Have a List of Banned Plugins?

Written on December 06, 2014. Updated on November 07, 2017

Below is a list of banned plugins that are not allowed in the Kinsta environment. In general, we don’t allow for caching, backup, or related posts plugins.

Caching Plugins

Using caching plugins will deteriorate performance and in most cases don’t work on our platform. We already have different types of server-level caching implemented, both object caching and page caching, which is much better than any plugin can do on a PHP level. Learn more about how we handle WordPress caching.

Backup Plugins

Kinsta already provides daily automatic WordPress backups for all your sites on your account, therefore backup plugins are not needed. They can also cause unnecessary performance issues and eat up your bandwidth, as not all of them take incremental backups.

  • WP DB Backup
  • WP DB Backup Made

Image Optimization Plugins

Performance Plugins

  • Better WordPress Minify
  • P3 Profiler
  • WordPress GZIP Compression: GZIP is already enabled on all Kinsta servers.
  • WP-Optimize

Misc Plugins

  • Allow PHP Execute
  • Dynamic Widgets
  • Exec-PHP
  • Inactive User Deleter
  • WP RSS Multi Importer
  • WordPress Popular Posts

Security Plugins

A lot of security plugins cause performance issues due to their always on and scanning functionalities. Kinsta also utilizes load balancers with Google Cloud Platform which means in some cases IP blocking features of some security plugins won’t work as intended. We highly recommend utilizing a solution such as Cloudflare or Sucuri, along with Kinsta, if you need extra protection or help to decrease bot and or proxy traffic. Check out our blog post on how Sucuri helped to easily mitigate a DDoS attack.

  • Login Wall
  • WordFence

Social Media Plugins

  • Facebook Instant Articles & Google AMP Pages by PageFrog
  • Facebook Open Graph, Google+ and Twitter Card Tags
  • PushEngage Browser Push Notifications Plugin

Complete List

Feel free to compare the list below against your current /wp-content/plugins/ directory.

allow-php-execute
better-wordpress-minify
cache-enabler
dynamic-widgets
eww-image-optimizer
exec-php
inactive-user-deleter
login-wall
p3-profiler
pagefrog
pushengage
wonderm00ns-simple-facebook-open-graph-tags
wordfence
wordpress-gzip-compression
wordpress-popular-posts
wordpress-rss-multi-importer
wp-db-backup
wp-db-backup-made
wp-optimize
wp-rocket
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