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What plugins are not allowed?

Flywheel is a managed WordPress hosting company, so we go to great lengths to ensure that the quality of your hosting experience is always at it’s best. As such, there are a number of security and performance considerations that we must take into account in order to provide the absolute best service.

We also strongly believe that people shouldn’t have to “fiddle” with their site to get the best performance and security – it should just work. It’s our goal to help you achieve this.

To both of these ends, we place limitations on a handful of types of plugins. These are plugins that either duplicate functionality that Flywheel already provides, or are known to not work or cause major issues.

Backup plugins We take a backup of your site every night and allow you to easily restore, eliminating the need for backup plugins. Additionally, many are incredibly resource intensive and may fail completely based on our security settings. Common examples include BackupBuddy, BackWPUp, BackUpWordPress, and others.
Caching plugins Flywheel handles caching at the server level, eliminating the need for caching plugins. These also tend to interfere with our own caching. Common examples include W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, Batcache, and others.
Security plugins Flywheel servers are configured specifically with WordPress security best practices, and we have server level blocking and scanning of hackers and malware. Security plugins duplicate this, and in many cases significantly slow down sites by interfering with our caching. Common examples include Wordfence, Better WP Security, and others.
Plugins with known issues Many plugins rely on functionality that we have disabled for security reasons, or otherwise cause major performance issues on the servers. Common examples include EWWW Image OptimizerWP Smush.it, and others.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but gives you a sense for the types of plugins that we strongly discourage and/or don’t allow. If you have any questions about a particular plugin and whether it is allowed, don’t hesitate to contact Flywheel support.

Note

We take this issue very seriously and try our best to strike a balance between freedom, security, and performance. If you have any issues, we’re happy to work with your to figure out the best solution for your site!

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