It’s not uncommon for new WordPress users to get tricked into the bells and whistles of plugins that allow for drag and drop website development. There are so many plugins out there that its difficult to keep up. I’m going to highlight why it’s not a great idea to invest your energy developing with them.
Reason One: They Slow Web Page Load Time
As you can imagine the most appealing plugins allow you to accomplish a wide variety of layout tricks. Maps, carousels, columns, animated css, full width backgrounds, full browser width video, and the list goes on and on and on. When a new developer sees these carrots on a stick it seems at first that buying the plugin is a no brainer but BEWARE. In order to power all these functionalities a super massive CSS style sheet is needed. There’s also a need for added php files as well. This can create a excess of files that are needed to load before your pages load.
The bottom line is these plugins slow load time which is detrimental to your users happiness. Remember, your information and ease of use is THE most important aspect of your site. It’s what keeps the user reading.
Reason Two: They Are Not Simple – Don’t Fool Yourself
Reason Three: Expensive:
This page is for WordPress users who have installed the Shortcodes Ultimate plugin. One of the capabilities of this plugin is to provide a way to provide mobile ready columns for your posts or pages content. Below provides code examples for several layouts. If you need a layout that’s not listed below, email Scott and he’ll generate it for you.