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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.

  • Cache Enabler
  • WP Fastest Cache

Exception: We do support WP Rocket version 3.0 and higher. Their caching functionality will automatically be disabled when running at Kinsta. This allows you to use our built-in caching solution but still utilize the other optimization features WP Rocket has to offer.

Backup Plugins

Kinsta already provides daily automatic backups and downloadable 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.

Note: This list is not exhaustive; all non-incremental backups are not allowed.

  • All-in-One WP Migration
  • BackupBuddy
  • BackWPup
  • Snapshot
  • Updraft
  • WP DB Backup
  • WP DB Backup Made

Image Optimization Plugins

Image optimization plugins that compress images on our servers are not allowed. Check out our post on image optimization which includes plenty of WordPress plugins you can use that compress the images on third-party servers. These are fine to use at Kinsta.

Performance Plugins

  • Better WordPress Minify
  • P3 Profiler
  • Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions
  • WordPress GZIP Compression: GZIP is already enabled on all Kinsta servers.
  • WP-Optimize
  • JCH Optimize (reasons: constant PHP stress, high bandwidth usage, can’t cache, can’t optimize for CDN)

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. Another reason is that of how our infrastructure is set up at Kinsta. Many features in security plugins such as IP blocking, geo-blocking, etc., will not work as intended due to the fact that we use Google Cloud Load Balancers. We have implemented a lot of these tools such as IP blocking in our MyKinsta dashboard because they have to be configured differently.

We also 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

Social Media Plugins

  • Facebook Instant Articles & Google AMP Pages by PageFrog
  • Facebook Open Graph, Google+ and Twitter Card Tags

Complete List

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

all-in-one-wp-migration
allow-php-execute
backupbuddy
backwpup
better-wordpress-minify
cache-enabler
dynamic-widgets
eww-image-optimizer
exec-php
inactive-user-deleter
jch-optimize
login-wall
p3-profiler
pagefrog
rvg-optimize-database
snapshot
updraft
wonderm00ns-simple-facebook-open-graph-tags
wordpress-gzip-compression
wordpress-popular-posts
wordpress-rss-multi-importer
wp-db-backup
wp-db-backup-made
wp-optimize