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Whats too many add ons?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by billybatz9, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. billybatz9

    billybatz9 Active Member

    I was wondering about adding a few add-ons to my forum but was wondering...

    Does adding more add ons make my website more vulnerable to threats?

    How many addons do you have? And which are your communities favorites?
  2. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Shouldn't be a threat if that specific add-on is developed correctly with security and quality control in mind by the developer. I currently have around 27 add-ons of which 19 of those are enabled.
    Favourites are xenmoods, postratings and definitely showcase << which is a personal fav of mine.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2013
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  3. mistypants

    mistypants Well-Known Member

    I don't know of any major add-ons here with security issues. If there are, and the add-on is supported by the developer, I'm sure they would patch it ASAP.

    "Too many" add-ons, I think, varies from board to board. There are so many great, full featured add-ons available that it's really tempting to trick your board out with all the bells and whistles, but that's not always a smart move. You should make sure that the add-on serves an important purpose, is widely used on your boards, and fits in with the board's theme. For example, we use @xfrocks [bd] Medal (named 'Pins' on my Kingdom Hearts fan site, a reference to Disney collectible pins). Instead of offering them for just things like post count, we relate them to the community. To get one pin, users must be a guest on our podcast (every user can volunteer to guest star). For another, they need to complete our yearly Christmas trivia puzzle. Each of the pins' images and titles relate to the video game in some way. So we've found a way to make sure the add-on doesn't feel like an add-on: it's a defined cornerstone of the community. It's seamless. That's what we strive for.
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  4. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    1 addon can be too many if it is not coded well. 110 addons can be no problem if these are coded well.
    Matthew Hawley and Shelley like this.
  5. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    I have 90 odd addons enabled on my community and dont have any problems. As long as your server can handle them and ofcourse if there is value in having them turned on then its all good.
  6. billybatz9

    billybatz9 Active Member

    90 :eek: Wow
  7. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    add-ons are the devil.
  8. Sheratan

    Sheratan Well-Known Member

    An early sign of "Too many addon" is you had PHP memory_limit exceeded message in your error log.
    Kelvin likes this.
  9. Live Free

    Live Free Active Member

    I would consider too many add-ons to be when the risk of security issues and performance suffrage becomes too high, or even when your community suffers from too much "feature bloat."
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  10. Code Monkey

    Code Monkey Well-Known Member

    It's not like every addon is loading on every page load. They are used at different times. So 90 addons isn't bad at all. Now if it were 90 addons that all specifically did something on forum home then that would probably be a problem.
  11. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    I have 50 (49 enabled) without any issues. But like others have said, it's really about the code quality. 1 crappy addon could wreck your site.
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  12. Eoj Nawoh

    Eoj Nawoh Active Member

    I know for us, we were on a host before and had 15 addons and our site moved at a snail pace, then we moved to a new host and we currently have 30 addons without any issues whatsoever.

    Credits to @Mike Edge for that.
  13. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I have 70 addons installed and only 68 are active. The other two are disabled. I think too many addons is when you get to a point where troubleshooting an issue because cumbersome because you have to turn them all off and on and trouble shoot them when they clash with other addons. I think that's the point when it gets too many.
  14. Eoj Nawoh

    Eoj Nawoh Active Member

    Quite honestly the number of addons doesn't matter if they're high quality and you have a decent host. I've only gotten more since moving to a VPS a few weeks ago.
  15. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    It would be cool if there was a way to 'check all' in the list of addons. This would eliminate a lot of unnecessary time checking/unchecking them one by one.
  16. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    XF 1.5 - Miscellaneous improvements
  17. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    Awesome @Solidus, 1.5 is looking good!
  18. Shawn Gossman

    Shawn Gossman Active Member

    Too many addons to me is when it becomes overwhelming to keep track of them all. I usually have a golden rule to have 10 or less. If I want to add a new one, I look for one that isn't used anymore, uninstall it and add the new one.

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