What is a plugin?
- Adobe Flash Player that runs animation videos
- Java Virtual Machine that runs Java Applets
- Microsoft Silverlight that supports interactive web pages and media files
Why should you avoid plugins?
To Improve Search Engine Rankings
While listing a website on its search results page, Google checks for the site’s friendliness by assessing whether it has any plugins. If plugins exist, then Google deems the site not to be mobile friendly and subsequently lowers the page ranking in its search results.
So Plugins do affect the SEO rankings of websites.
How to avoid plugins?
Use native web technologies
Plugin days are now past, Most of the plugin supported content can now be created and rendered using native web technologies including support for videos, audio, graphics and other presentation effects.
These web features allow you to stay content-rich without affecting your website’s ranking in the search results and do not need you to install any plugins.
The best strategy for website developers is to avoid the use of plugins and minimize the incidences related to security or browser crashes.