Checking for plugin conflicts

At the time of writing there are 38,000 plugins in the WordPress repository, more than 3,500 on Themeforest and quite a few scouring the internet unchecked. Themes for WordPress are just too many to even mention. It stands to reason that not all combinations will work, in this article we’ll see how we can check for plugin conflicts and single the odd one out.

  1. Start by disabling¬†all plugins, if you have caching plugins active, first empty the cache and then disable the plugin entirely, emptying your browser’s cache as well is a good idea.
  2. Refresh your permalinks
  3. Go back to your site and check, the issue should be gone.
  4. Start enabling plugins one-by-one and check if the problem appears after each plugin activation.
  5. When the problem reappears, the last activated plugin is either the one causing the problem, or its combination with the other plugins, or the theme is not working.
  6. Disable and/or remove the problematic plugin and continue on problem free. If the plugin provided a function you absolutely need, you might want to look for an alternative in the WordPress plugin repository, chances are there’s more than one plugin doing the same thing.
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