There are a number of plugins that can be used in WordPress to automate the process of spreading a new post via social media and directly via mail. The problem I have faced with this, is that the more plugins you activate, the bigger is the chance that one or several plugins are conflicting with each other.
For us, this lead to a number of problems on our site, the biggest being slow loading pages. In fact, it became such a big problem for us that the pages took 10 to 15 seconds to load. Some times they loaded in 30 seconds.
Working with SEO, we know that slowly loading pages leads to lower ranking in the search results when you search for specific terms in Google, so this has been bothering me big time.
The solution is to load as little plugins as possible, and look for other ways to do things.
By using If, then, that that, I set up the automation of posting to Twitter and Facebook as well as firing a chat message to Google Talk and sending mail to myself if someone retweets or asks a question regarding a post.
The service is free, and it’s extremely easy to set up different recipes for the triggers you would like. These recipes might as well being about wake-up call in the morning.
What is your experience with Plugins in WordPress? Are they causing trouble for your site? Please share your story below in the comments.