WordPress is super versatile platform on which you can build just about anything you can imagine. However,  this enormous flexibility combined with a massive marketplace of plugins means there's an awful lot of "noise" to sort through. 

Mod is about making the WordPress hosting experience as seamless and beautiful as possible.  We take care of many of the common issues with hosting and WordPress some of the plugins were designed to deal with. When a site has plugins trying to do the same thing we already provide for free it can cause issues. In other words, too many cooks in the kitchen.

Anything on our list is on there because we've seen it cause an issue and we know Mod already does out of the box. So you don't have to go through the full list below, we've provided an overview of the kinds of plugins we're talking about.

Caching Plugins

(Such as WP Super Cache, Total Cache, etc)
Mod handles caching at the server level and does so much more efficiently than any of these plugins can. This, combined with a wide range of tools we use to enhance load times, means caching plugins do more harm than good.

Backup Plugins

(Backup Buddy, WP DB Backup, etc)
All Mod sites are backed up in real time constantly and redundantly. You don't have to worry about losing work and these plugins will interfere with our backups. (Some of them even store huge backup files on your instance and eat up a ton of space.)

Security Plugins

(WordFence etc)
Besides the obvious instant SSL that comes with every Mod site, we use numerous other server level security scans to monitor all the same things these plugins look for, except server level security is much more efficient. Most of these plugins also slow down your site needlessly.


(Yes, really and we'll tell you why)
JetPack is controversial. It seems good at first, until you realize it's doing things that a good host should already be doing. More importantly, it essentially holds your content hostage. One big thing is the way it serves your images.

Jetpack uses "Photon." When you activate Photon, your site’s images, both old and new, are uploaded to an Automattic server. It means that once you activate Photon, and your images are uploaded to WordPress.com, they are there forever. You cannot edit or delete the images on WordPress.com. Period. If you delete an image from your site, it is not deleted from WordPress.com. What's worse, when you stop using JetPack your images can just disappear.

On top of al that, almost all the performance "benefits" JetPack offers, we already do out of the box. So, this is another case of duplicating (sometimes conflicting effort).
We give you the benefits but we DON'T hijack your content like JetPack. Your content is yours, always.

Full List of Plugins Not Allowed 

(subject to periodic updates)

  • adminer
  • async-google-analytics
  • backup
  • backup-scheduler
  • backupwordpress
  • backwpup
  • bad-behavior
  • broken-link-checker
  • content-molecules
  • contextual-related-posts
  • duplicator
  • dynamic-related-posts
  • ewww-image-optimizer
  • ezpz-one-click-backup
  • file-commander
  • fuzzy-seo-booster
  • gd-system-plugin
  • gd-system-plugin.php
  • google-xml-sitemaps-with-multisite-support
  • hc-custom-wp-admin-url
  • hcs.php
  • hello.php
  • JetPack
  • jr-referrer
  • jumpple
  • missed-schedule
  • no-revisions
  • ozh-who-sees-ads
  • portable-phpmyadmin
  • quick-cache
  • quick-cache-pro
  • recommend-a-friend
  • seo-alrp
  • si-captcha-for-wordpress
  • similar-posts
  • spamreferrerblock
  • ssclassic
  • sspro
  • super-post
  • superslider
  • sweetcaptcha-revolutionary-free-captcha-service
  • text-passwords
  • the-codetree-backup
  • toolspack
  • ToolsPack
  • tweet-blender
  • versionpress
  • w3-total-cache
  • wordfence
  • wordpress-gzip-compression
  • wp-cache
  • wp-database-optimizer
  • wp-db-backup
  • wp-dbmanager
  • wp-engine-snapshot
  • wp-file-cache
  • wp-mailinglist
  • WP Maintenance Mode
  • wp-phpmyadmin
  • wp-postviews
  • wp-slimstat
  • wp-super-cache
  • wp-symposium-alerts
  • wponlinebackup
  • yet-another-featured-posts-plugin
  • yet-another-related-posts-plugin
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