One of the things that I’ve mentioned a number of times already is the point that it’s better to have less WordPress plugins than more. The point generally is that this is a speed issue – meaning, the less plugins you have the more fast your blog will load, generally speaking.
I have historically mentioned that 10-15 plugins is probably ok but I caution anything more than that outside of explicit strategic uses. Even I break this rule sometimes if a blog requires a few features that I don’t have time to build in myself.
What most online publishers fail to do is to ask whether or not they really need those plugins for their readers’ most optimal experience. What I’ve discovered is that most bloggers have a handful of plugins installed that they never use or that have an extremely low point of value for themselves or their audience.
What I’m digging a lot about Standard 3 is the fact that this particular WordPress Theme cuts out a lot of the so-called fat in terms of plugin bloat. The design forces you to think critically about what you’re presenting to your readers and you realize that everything that you’re showing your readers consistently isn’t all that necessary.