Blacklisted WordPress Plugins to avoid

Blacklisted plugins

“Your Hosting Provider has blacklisted the following plugins…”
No web designer wants to see this message when checking their managed wordpress accounts. Hosting servers such as Website Domain Service are working to protect the integrity of hosted accounts. Suspected plugins are sometimes deleted from user accounts.

In some cases the hosting service will “remove” a plugin that is suspected of being compromised, then email the administrator to let them know. “Better safe then sorry” said owner Joe Birch of In-House Graphics. “I like that my website hosting service is watching my back. Bad guys are always working to find a crack in a website.

Plugins on the blacklist:

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of disallowed plugins. Just a list of the most used as of October 2017. It is a best practice strategy to remove these plugins even before your hosting platform does it for you. (Not all hosting platforms will perform this level of security. You should contact your hosting service to see what level of help they offer.)

Plugin nameCategoryMore info
6scan-backupBackupsAbandoned/unsupported plugin
6scan-protectionDuplicate functionalityAbandoned/unsupported plugin with duplicate functionality
adminerDuplicate functionalitySee description of category below
adsense-click-fraud-monitoringPerformanceSee description of category below
broken-link-checkerPerformanceInstead, use client software on your computer or an external service
contextual-related-postsRelated postsSee description of category below
clefSecurityAbandoned/unsupported plugin
ezpz-one-click-backupBackupsAbandoned/unsupported plugin with duplicate functionality
fuzzy-seo-boosterRelated postsSee description of category below
google-sitemap-generatorPerformanceVersions < 4.0 only — Instead use Google Sitemap or WordPress SEO.
google-xml-sitemaps-with-multisite-supportPerformanceInstead use Google Sitemap or WordPress SEO
InfiniteWP ClientSecurity issuesVersions 1.3.8 and below – vulnerability details
jr-referrerStatsSee description of category below
MailPoetSecurity issuesVersions 2.6.6 and below — vulnerability details
p3-profilerUnnecessary / nonfunctionalNo longer receiving updates
portable-phpmyadminDuplicate functionalitySee description of category below
referrer-wpStatsSee description of category below
seo-alrpRelated postsSee description of category below
sgcachepressUnnecessary / nonfunctionalFrom customers migrating from SiteGround, unneeded
similar-postsRelated postsSee description of category below
statpressStatsSee description of category below
synthesisUnnecessary / nonfunctionalFrom customers migrating from Synthesis, unneeded
the-codetree-backupBackupsAbandoned/unsupported plugin
toolspackSecurity issuesVulnerability details
updraft

Note: We do not blacklist UpdraftPlus.

BackupsAbandoned/unsupported plugin
w3-total-cacheCachingSee description of category below
wordpress-beta-testerUnnecessary / nonfunctionalNon-functional on GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting
wordpress-gzip-compressionDuplicate functionalitySee description of category below
wordpress-popular-postsRelated postsVersions 3.1.1 and below
wp-cacheCachingSee description of category below
wp-cachecomCachingSee description of category below
wp-copysafe-webSecurity issuesVulnerability details
wp-copysafe-pdfSecurity issuesVulnerability details
wp-engine-snapshotUnnecessary / nonfunctionalFrom customers migrating from WP Engine, unneeded
wp-fast-cacheCachingSee description of category below
wp-fastest-cacheCachingSee description of category below
wp-file-cacheCachingSee description of category below
wp-phpmyadminDuplicate functionalitySee description of category below
wp-postviewsStatsSee description of category below
wp-power-statsStatsSee description of category below
wp-slimstatStatsSee description of category below
wp-super-cacheCachingSee description of category below
wpengine-commonUnnecessary / nonfunctionalFrom customers migrating from WP Engine, unneeded
wponlinebackupBackupsAbandoned/unsupported plugin with duplictate functionality
yet-another-featured-posts-pluginRelated postsSee description of category below
yet-another-related-posts-pluginRelated postsSee description of category below